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Selling the car back in original country after declaring/importing it to Switzerland

Hey guys, I'd like to ask for help in interpreting car import rules here, I've got a question that I couldn't find an answer to around here or at gov sites, as it's all a bit confusing
The situation is:
1. I own 2 vehicles: 1999 passenger car (rusty dude) and 2004 motorbike
2. I am moving to Basel in September (B permit, gonna stay here for a long while) and plan on doing it with the help of the mentioned car
3. Want to sell the car back in original country after having it helped me with moving in
4. Want to keep the motorbike and register it in Switzerland
Now what's bothering me:
1. Do I have to declare/import (does declare mean import?) my car on at the border when moving in with all my stuff even if I don't want to keep it (I guess I have to if I'm coming for work purpose)
2. Are there then any obstacles to sell it back abroad if car's been "imported/declared" in Switzerland before? Would there be an "export" action needed then?
3. I plan to bring my moto to Switzerland during spring next year - I do have up to 12 months to do it, right? From your own experience should I declare it now at the border even though I'm not having it with me or is it better to do it later?
Anyone tried to import and register a bit rusty passenger car in Switzerland? Is there really no real chance of passing technicals if the 20years old car isn't in mint condition?
Thanks in advance for answers,
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Re: Selling the car back in original country after declaring/importing it to Switzerl

Hey guys, sharing with you answer from EZV:

"Motorbike:



You need to declare it on the form 18.44 when you first arrive in Switzerland. You will have two years to actually import it.



Car:



The officer at the border will have some leeway as to whether you need to clear the car if you only use it for moving.



If you need to clear it, it wouldn't be a problem to return it to original country and sell it there but you would have to declare it at the border using an electronic customs declaration. https://e-dec-web.ezv.admin.ch/webde...785?cid=156004

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Re: Selling the car back in original country after declaring/importing it to Switzerl

It looks like the rules are not completely clear and I think the suggestion that it is up to customs might be accurate.

EZV clearly states that "The temporary use of foreign private vehicles by persons resident in Switzerland is prohibited in principle.".
https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...itzerland.html

The key word there is Resident.

Here the EZV explain that non-residents can bring in the vehicle for 12 months.
https://www.ch.ch/en/importations-cars-switzerland/

They also say the categories of vehicle movement can be:
"When bringing a vehicle into Switzerland, a distinction is made between:
(a) Importation of undeclared vehicles
(b) Temporary importation for personal use
(c) Move to Switzerland from abroad"
... which might indicate they will give leeway if you are moving to Switzerland from abroad.

I hope some of this helps
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Re: Selling the car back in original country after declaring/importing it to Switzerl

In my experience people usually either:
a) don't declare and claim they're a tourist during this period. or
b) declare it, use it, then simply take it back home. This is likely to be the safest option.
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