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Moving your US car to Geneva

I am a US/Italian citizen with a US license and my wife is Swiss with no license as she does not drive. I am applying for Swiss residency through my wife and decided to meanwhile ship my car (owned since 2013) from the US to Geneva. I can ship it to the port of Zeebrugge, Belgium, and get a T1 7-day transit document to Switzerland. I understand I need to first engage a Swiss Customs agent and identify a Swiss “office of destination” and provide the shipping company with these details to clear customs at the Zeebrugge Port. Is this possible while still applying for Swiss residency? Any suggestions on Swiss Custom Agents for this kind of paper work? Thanks.
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Re: Moving your US car to Geneva

Register the car in your wife's name. Since she's Swiss you bypass all potential pitfalls the requirement for a residence permit may bring. Doing that'll probably result in lower insurance premiums, to boot.

That said, unless it's some kinf of fancy car, importing is probably not worth the hassle let alone the costs. After all the car is at least 7 years old, more if you bought it 2nd hand. Sell it where it's immatriculated now and buy one here.
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Re: Moving your US car to Geneva

From the date you registered as a resident you are a Swiss resident. The actual physical permit, specially in case of a EU national, is a mere formality.

I assume you already have you read the information provided by Swiss Customs, specially what you have to do once you arrive at the Swiss border?
https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...-effects-.html
(Be aware the importing and registration are two different, separate things.)

Thus your only questions is how to get an T1 for transit from Zeebrugge to Switzerland, correct?

If am not mistaken your residence status is not important for the T1 but only once you clear customs and the T1 in Switzerland.
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Register the car in your wife's name. Since she's Swiss you bypass all potential pitfalls the requirement for a residence permit may bring. Doing that'll probably result in lower insurance premiums, to boot.

That said, unless it's some kinf of fancy car, importing is probably not worth the hassle let alone the costs. After all the car is at least 7 years old, more if you bought it 2nd hand. Sell it where it's immatriculated now and buy one here.

Thank you.
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From the date you registered as a resident you are a Swiss resident. The actual physical permit, specially in case of a EU national, is a mere formality.

I assume you already have you read the information provided by Swiss Customs, specially what you have to do once you arrive at the Swiss border?
https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...-effects-.html
(Be aware the importing and registration are two different, separate things.)

Thus your only questions is how to get an T1 for transit from Zeebrugge to Switzerland, correct?

If am not mistaken your residence status is not important for the T1 but only once you clear customs and the T1 in Switzerland.
Thank you very much for the tips and link. We are now weighing also the option of putting the car with the furniture in a container and getting guidance from the moving company who seems to have an edge on how best to clear customs. Still learning, will let you know more.
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