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How the 12 months rule bringing your car applies?

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I have been living in Switzerland (Geneva) the last 2 years and half without having a car. Now I need to bring my car just for 4-6 months until I buy a car localy. What I should do? How the 12 months rule apply, since the moment I bring my car or since the moment I reside in Switzerland?.
It makes no sense to import the car in switzerland just for 4-6 months. I just want to use it during this periode.
As far as I understood I need to declare the good (the car) at the custom, but I am oblied to import the car?


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Re: How the 12 months rule bringing your car applies?

Please, any answer to this question?

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Re: How the 12 months rule bringing your car applies?

12 months from the day you move here.

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12 months from the day you move here.

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And you also had to declare it with the other household goods even if you wanted to bring it later.

Your only solution is a regular import, or buy a temp car here.
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Re: How the 12 months rule bringing your car applies?

Thanks for the answers. Tough situation then.
Does it make any difference if until now I have been hired by a foreign company working in Switzerland as an expatriate (L permit) and now I am hired by a swiss company (B permit)?
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Thanks for the answers. Tough situation then.
Does it make any difference if until now I have been hired by a foreign company working in Switzerland as an expatriate (L permit) and now I am hired by a swiss company (B permit)?
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This.

And you also had to declare it with the other household goods even if you wanted to bring it later.

Your only solution is a regular import, or buy a temp car here.

You can still attempt an import as household effects but you'll need evidence that the effects belonged to you before you became resident. With a car you usually have documentation that supports this.
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You can still attempt an import as household effects but you'll need evidence that the effects belonged to you before you became resident. With a car you usually have documentation that supports this.
But I do not want to import a car which I am going to use only some months and then back it to my country. It makes no sense.
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Re: How the 12 months rule bringing your car applies?

You need to declare it and start the import at the 12month point of YOUR entry, not the cars. For example, you import 11months after you arrive, you have 1 month to start the process. I did this with my Audi 7months after arriving in Switzerland. I declared it at the border, then spent 3 months deciding if i should import properly or not. I decided against it.

Also, you should be driving on a Swiss license by now because the 12month law applies too. This is due to you being resident here in Switzerland for longer than 12months. This is actually an EU wide law.

You might run into other problems too with this, like for example parking if you need a "blue zone" permit. UK car insurance is usually 1month or some for 90 days. I got Stuart Collins insurance for my A3 for 12 months that was good. It had 12month Eu & Switzerland coverage. Don't underestimate the power of your neighbors too! they will tell the police straight away if they suspect anything!

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But I do not want to import a car which I am going to use only some months and then back it to my country. It makes no sense.

By "import" we mean "declare at the border", but in your case you'd also need to immediately register it as a Swiss car and put Swiss plates on so yes it seems to make no sense whatsoever.


Sign up to some car sharing scheme or find another solution.
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Does it make any difference if until now I have been hired by a foreign company working in Switzerland as an expatriate (L permit) and now I am hired by a swiss company (B permit)?
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But I do not want to import a car which I am going to use only some months and then back it to my country. It makes no sense.
Your only other option is to leave it where it is.

As for household goods you should have declared it as a subsequent consignment during the initial consignment (and on a separate list), after this you have a period of 2 yrs to bring the goods in without problem. By doing it like you did you have lost your entitlement to a taxfree import, surely you can start up the process and hope for the best, but don't act surprised if you get a bill for the full package.
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As for household goods you should have declared it as a subsequent consignment during the initial consignment (and on a separate list), after this you have a period of 2 yrs to bring the goods in without problem. By doing it like you did you have lost your entitlement to a taxfree import, surely you can start up the process and hope for the best, but don't act surprised if you get a bill for the full package.

You've said this already but it's fake news.
When I imported/declared my car they didn't even want to see the importation of household effects form. All they care about is if the car has been owned or used for at least six months before moving to Switzerland. Anyhow, it's irrelevant to the OP.
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Your only other option is to leave it where it is.

As for household goods you should have declared it as a subsequent consignment during the initial consignment (and on a separate list), after this you have a period of 2 yrs to bring the goods in without problem. By doing it like you did you have lost your entitlement to a taxfree import, surely you can start up the process and hope for the best, but don't act surprised if you get a bill for the full package.
Sorry, I am a bit confused. What I did? A bill for a full package of what? All I have here, furniture and goods I bought them here. I am only asking if I can have my car here for some months. If not, I will need to buy a car ASAP. The problem is the period while I receive the new car.
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Sorry, I am a bit confused. What I did? A bill for a full package of what? All I have here, furniture and goods I bought them here. I am only asking if I can have my car here for some months. If not, I will need to buy a car ASAP. The problem is the period while I receive the new car.
Ok, so the answer is NO. and also NO to buying a swiss car unless you have exchanged your UK license for a Swiss licence. If you havent then do it ASAP, it takes around 1 week max.
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You've said this already but it's fake news.
When I imported/declared my car they didn't even want to see the importation of household effects form. All they care about is if the car has been owned or used for at least six months before moving to Switzerland. Anyhow, it's irrelevant to the OP.
Regardless of how you classify my posting it is a representation of the actual rules as presented by the Swiss government.

https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...val-goods.html

Your personal experience offers zero guarantee for OP that he will have the same luck, so go annoy others with your "fake news" BS
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Sorry, I am a bit confused. What I did? A bill for a full package of what? All I have here, furniture and goods I bought them here. I am only asking if I can have my car here for some months. If not, I will need to buy a car ASAP. The problem is the period while I receive the new car.
Full package as in all costs involved with a regular import, yes you might be in luck that they let it all go, but according to the rules they do not have to make an exception for you and can bill you fully.
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Ok, so the answer is NO. and also NO to buying a swiss car unless you have exchanged your UK license for a Swiss licence. If you havent then do it ASAP, it takes around 1 week max.
I exchanged my original license when I was 1 year here. This is not the problem. I am Mobility user since the beginning.
The problem is: I did not need a car before because I was living in the city. So, mobility was enough. Now, I am moving to the countryside and I need a car. I was thinking to bring my old car here (10 years old) while I buy a new car and receive it (some months), and the answer seems to be I cannot do it unless I import it as soon as bring it to Switzerland (not just declare it at the customs border but import it as well). But it make no sense to me to import and put Swiss plates to my old car just for a few months.
So, if there is not workaround to solve this temporary need, I will need (options):
1.- To declare + import my old car. Any idea of the cost?
2.- To buy a second hand car while I buy and receive the new one.
3.- To use ONLY public transport while I buy and receive the new one. No mobility in the new place.
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Regardless of how you classify my posting it is a representation of the actual rules as presented by the Swiss government.

https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...val-goods.html

Your personal experience offers zero guarantee for OP that he will have the same luck, so go annoy others with your "fake news" BS

It's your *interpretation* as a non-native English speaker. It wouldn't be the first time you've falsely banged on about something because of your inability to comprehend.
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I exchanged my original license when I was 1 year here. This is not the problem. I am Mobility user since the beginning.
The problem is: I did not need a car before because I was living in the city. So, mobility was enough. Now, I am moving to the countryside and I need a car. I was thinking to bring my old car here (10 years old) while I buy a new car and receive it (some months), and the answer seems to be I cannot do it unless I import it as soon as bring it to Switzerland (not just declare it at the customs border but import it as well). But it make no sense to me to import and put Swiss plates to my old car just for a few months.
So, if there is not workaround to solve this temporary need, I will need (options):
1.- To declare + import my old car. Any idea of the cost?
2.- To buy a second hand car while I buy and receive the new one.
3.- To use ONLY public transport while I buy and receive the new one. No mobility in the new place.


Yeah its a bit of a tricky situation. I didnt import my A3 fully from the UK as it would have cost alot what with headlights, MFk, and so on... It just wasnt worth it. I also see my future here for a while and my wife is Portuguese so im not going back to the UK for a while so a RHD car was pointless.

you dont say where you are from? if your car is a LHD car then perhaps its a worthwhile process.

Im not sure what you should do, what do you need the car for and for how long? you can buy a car quickly and easilly here in Switzerland. It should be possible in a day or two if you act quickly and know what you are doing. You could go down the lease route or buy with cash. depends on your personal preference.
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