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Process of Importing a Vehicle to Switzerland as part of a House Move

So I am in the middle of importing my motorcycle to Switzerland and I thought I should post the steps and answer some of the questions have has been bugging me. At the moment I am waiting for my MFK appointment which is in two weeks. So here goes.
  1. Get a service done from your home country this would mitigate any issues with MFK. Get brake pads replaced, tyres changed etc.
  2. Keep the following to hand
    1. Vehicle ownership documents - (Log Book)
    2. Purchase invoice to prove you have had the vehicle for more than 6 months (without this you may not get a customs tax exemption)
    3. Change Road Tax to a monthly direct debit. So you do not have to
    deal which "How do I encash a Road Tax refund cheque".
  3. Book a Transport, In my case it was long with a house move. A motorcycle assigned is about 3 cu mt in volume in the lorry mainly because nothing can be placed above it. Another specialist option is to use bikeshuttle. They are not too expensve but you will run into insurance issues - explained later. One could also get a motorcycle trailer or drive the motorcycle.
  4. Fill up form 18.44 for a house move and send it to the clearing agent along side the log book and the purchase invoice. Copier are enough.
  5. When the bike is picked up for the move
    1. Cancel your insurance - any insurance you have beyond this point is invalid. Official line is that the vehicle has to be declared SORN for it to not have insurance - I got no clarification from DVLA on this
    2. Road Tax - I am not sure if it can be cancelled at this point. DVLA being what it is I got no response. I had mine running monthly
  6. When the bike is delivered to your Swiss address you will get froms your clearing agent or your removals company the following (if you do not ask for it). You would need originals
    1. stamped 18.44
    2. 13.20 with a stammnumber (13.20 A or 13.20 B it does not matter, there seems to be some confusion about A being for new vehicles and B for used, this is seems to be either incorrect or not followed)
    3. At this point your vehicle is not insured and british insurance is invalid, I am sure so are all other insurances once your address changes.
  7. Get a Swiss insurance quote and ask them to send the quote to Road Traffic Office. The quote is valid for 30 days and is only effective once you have Swiss plates
  8. At this point you can go to the Road Traffic Office and bring 13.20, 18.44 and the log book
    1. They will ask you to go to a specific counter (Bureau 65) for them to fill in the 13.20
    2. They will fill in the 13.20 with specific tests and further documents that should be inspected, these include
      1. They will give you a form for the Official Dealer to fill in, this is called the Self Import Vehicle Data - The dealer charged me 20 CHF + 10 CHF for the number plate mounts
      2. They will ask you to bring a COC for the vehicle - You can get this from the official website of the vehicle in question and the first one is issued free of charge. There are other websites that charge for this service. COC takes about a week to arrive.
      3. A note is added for pollution and noice test in teh 13.20 form
    3. You can use this opportunity to ask questions about what is a valid modification for your vehicle - more on this later
  9. In parallel you can also register for the MFK Test at the Road Traffic Office counter but remember you will need all the documents with you in originals on the day of the MFK test. You will need
    1. 18.44stamped
    2. 13.20
    3. COC
    4. Self Import Vehicle Data - Dealer completed form
    5. Swiss Vehicle Data Sheet - Dealer handed me this along with the above form
    6. Log book
    7. Proof os Swiss Insurance should have been send to Road Traffic Office electronically
    8. not sure about these but I was asked to take them just in case - Permit B or Letter from Gemeinde, Residence Proof, Passport
  10. Turn up for the MFK - not there yet so don't know what to expect, but I suspect
    1. They will send the log book back
    2. I can cancell my Road Tax direct debit
    3. My bike becomes a swiss bike and I would need a tax sticker

Here are some important points:
  1. I do not believe that any insurance is valid once you have moved to Switzerland, Swiss insurance is valid only once you get swiss plates insurance from your home country is invalid at this point.
  2. As explained in this link: https://www.zh.ch/de/mobilitaet/fahr...gpruefung.html
  3. When you get the MFK appointment - The appointment letter should have Zulassungsprufung in the Remarks and this allows you to drive the vehicle legally without insurance and without plates to the MFK via the shortest route (if MFK fails you can drive back without plates too)
  4. I was asked to remove the foreign plates and drive to the MFK via the shortes route (I confirmed this with multiple sources at the Road Traffic Office). I believe although you can drive legally you are not insured by anyone and you will be personally liable for any third party damage.
I confirmed that the following mods on a motorcycle are ok:
  1. Heated Grips
  2. Engine case covers
  3. Crash Protection
  4. Quickshifter
What is not ok (not exhaustive)
  1. Rearsets
  2. non standard exhaust
You can clarify this from the Dealer as well.
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Re: Process of Importing a Vehicle to Switzerland as part of a House Move

Point 1 regarding the insurance is not true (at least for cars) - I spoke with my UK insurance company, they added a pretty small premium for "long term travel in Europe" and it was fine.

Admittedly this was ten years ago.
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Re: Process of Importing a Vehicle to Switzerland as part of a House Move

wow.
Your insurance might still be valid, are you keeping an address in the UK? Talk to your insurer because it would be convenient. They *might* allow you a short period while you sort yourself out. More likely if you still have a residence (place to live) in the UK and you're still "moving" rather than "have moved".


Yes if you cancel the insurance you need to declare SORN but this is for vehicles in the UK. No-one is likely to find out though and makes things easier if you go back to UK.
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So I am in the middle of importing my motorcycle to Switzerland and I thought I should post the steps and answer some of the questions have has been bugging me. At the moment I am waiting for my MFK appointment which is in two weeks. So here goes.
  1. Get a service done from your home country this would mitigate any issues with MFK. Get brake pads replaced, tyres changed etc.
  2. Keep the following to hand
    1. Vehicle ownership documents - (Log Book)
    2. Purchase invoice to prove you have had the vehicle for more than 6 months (without this you may not get a customs tax exemption)
    3. Change Road Tax to a monthly direct debit. So you do not have to
    deal which "How do I encash a Road Tax refund cheque".
  3. Book a Transport, In my case it was long with a house move. A motorcycle assigned is about 3 cu mt in volume in the lorry mainly because nothing can be placed above it. Another specialist option is to use bikeshuttle. They are not too expensve but you will run into insurance issues - explained later. One could also get a motorcycle trailer or drive the motorcycle.
  4. Fill up form 18.44 for a house move and send it to the clearing agent along side the log book and the purchase invoice. Copier are enough.
  5. When the bike is picked up for the move
    1. Cancel your insurance - any insurance you have beyond this point is invalid. Official line is that the vehicle has to be declared SORN for it to not have insurance - I got no clarification from DVLA on this
    2. Road Tax - I am not sure if it can be cancelled at this point. DVLA being what it is I got no response. I had mine running monthly
  6. When the bike is delivered to your Swiss address you will get froms your clearing agent or your removals company the following (if you do not ask for it). You would need originals
    1. stamped 18.44
    2. 13.20 with a stammnumber (13.20 A or 13.20 B it does not matter, there seems to be some confusion about A being for new vehicles and B for used, this is seems to be either incorrect or not followed)
    3. At this point your vehicle is not insured and british insurance is invalid, I am sure so are all other insurances once your address changes.
  7. Get a Swiss insurance quote and ask them to send the quote to Road Traffic Office. The quote is valid for 30 days and is only effective once you have Swiss plates
  8. At this point you can go to the Road Traffic Office and bring 13.20, 18.44 and the log book
    1. They will ask you to go to a specific counter (Bureau 65) for them to fill in the 13.20
    2. They will fill in the 13.20 with specific tests and further documents that should be inspected, these include
      1. They will give you a form for the Official Dealer to fill in, this is called the Self Import Vehicle Data - The dealer charged me 20 CHF + 10 CHF for the number plate mounts
      2. They will ask you to bring a COC for the vehicle - You can get this from the official website of the vehicle in question and the first one is issued free of charge. There are other websites that charge for this service. COC takes about a week to arrive.
      3. A note is added for pollution and noice test in teh 13.20 form
    3. You can use this opportunity to ask questions about what is a valid modification for your vehicle - more on this later
  9. In parallel you can also register for the MFK Test at the Road Traffic Office counter but remember you will need all the documents with you in originals on the day of the MFK test. You will need
    1. 18.44stamped
    2. 13.20
    3. COC
    4. Self Import Vehicle Data - Dealer completed form
    5. Swiss Vehicle Data Sheet - Dealer handed me this along with the above form
    6. Log book
    7. Proof os Swiss Insurance should have been send to Road Traffic Office electronically
    8. not sure about these but I was asked to take them just in case - Permit B or Letter from Gemeinde, Residence Proof, Passport
  10. Turn up for the MFK - not there yet so don't know what to expect, but I suspect
    1. They will send the log book back
    2. I can cancell my Road Tax direct debit
    3. My bike becomes a swiss bike and I would need a tax sticker

Here are some important points:
  1. I do not believe that any insurance is valid once you have moved to Switzerland, Swiss insurance is valid only once you get swiss plates insurance from your home country is invalid at this point.
  2. As explained in this link: https://www.zh.ch/de/mobilitaet/fahr...gpruefung.html
  3. When you get the MFK appointment - The appointment letter should have Zulassungsprufung in the Remarks and this allows you to drive the vehicle legally without insurance and without plates to the MFK via the shortest route (if MFK fails you can drive back without plates too)
  4. I was asked to remove the foreign plates and drive to the MFK via the shortes route (I confirmed this with multiple sources at the Road Traffic Office). I believe although you can drive legally you are not insured by anyone and you will be personally liable for any third party damage.
I confirmed that the following mods on a motorcycle are ok:
  1. Heated Grips
  2. Engine case covers
  3. Crash Protection
  4. Quickshifter
What is not ok (not exhaustive)
  1. Rearsets
  2. non standard exhaust
You can clarify this from the Dealer as well.
You don't need a service to pass an MFK, it's a basic roadworthy & any car with less than 250k should be easily to pass. I have got cars through that would fail the UK MOT.
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Re: Process of Importing a Vehicle to Switzerland as part of a House Move

You properly you should add a note that the insurance part is, if applicable, a UK issue. Be aware that w/o a valid third party insurance you are not allowed tor ride/drive on roads. Exception is the mentioned single trip directly to the inspection. Btw. you have third party coverage for this trip, hence the need for the insurance quote in step 7.

If you have no valid third party insurance from your home country but not yet your Swiss plates you can also get the mandatory third party insurance in form of a so called frontier insurance (Grenzversicherung) This gives you the need coverage and allows you to drive on foreign plates for a certain period. It is available at the Swiss Customs offices (some of them re in bigger cities, no need to go to the border) https://www.nbi-ngf.ch/en/nvb/dokume...nzversicherung
In addition a regular Swiss car insurance might give you theft and collison damage protection.

Getting the CoC only at step 8 is a waste of time as this can be organized beforehand, even before the move.

"Bureau 65" is most likely a term specific for the StVA where you went do, was it Albisgüetli?

Step 10.3 There is no Swiss "tax sticker" or disc. That is what the license plate is for.

As reference, the official information from the StVA canton Zurich on the process can be found here (German only):
https://www.zh.ch/de/mobilitaet/fahr...fahrzeuge.html
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Point 1 regarding the insurance is not true (at least for cars) - I spoke with my UK insurance company, they added a pretty small premium for "long term travel in Europe" and it was fine.

Admittedly this was ten years ago.
Long term travel indicates that the place of residence i.e. your home country is UK which if one is moving home is incorrect. Funnily enough the Tax laws have only caught up with this recently to try to tax non-resident's but that's an entirely different matter (Resident for Tax Purposes). For insurance I believe once the address switches to a non-uk based address most insurances are invalid. This bothered me quiet a bit to be honest. I do believe lot of people have ridden assuming they are covered and since a cross border check is not easy to do they probably get away with it untill the point insurance needs to be involved that is. The residency test holds true for all kinds of insurance products. One would need a specialist insurer for expats or would need to read the T's & C's carefully.
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You also don't need to change your brake pads or tyres. I first thought this post was questions but it seems to be advice, or both. Not sure I get it.
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Point 1 regarding the insurance is not true (at least for cars) - I spoke with my UK insurance company, they added a pretty small premium for "long term travel in Europe" and it was fine.

Admittedly this was ten years ago.



The issue is not "driving in europe" for which all UK insurance allows, it's the point that you've moved your residence to a non-EU country and it's likely a condition of the insurance is being UK resident. Quite when the residency changes can be a grey area in some cases but clear cut in others.
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You properly you should add a note that the insurance part is, if applicable, a UK issue. Be aware that w/o a valid third party insurance you are not allowed tor ride/drive on roads. Exception is the mentioned single trip directly to the inspection. Btw. you have third party coverage for this trip, hence the need for the insurance quote in step 7.

If you have no valid third party insurance from your home country but not yet your Swiss plates you can also get the mandatory third party insurance in form of a so called frontier insurance (Grenzversicherung) This gives you the need coverage and allows you to drive on foreign plates for a certain period. It is available at the Swiss Customs offices (some of them re in bigger cities, no need to go to the border) https://www.nbi-ngf.ch/en/nvb/dokume...nzversicherung
In addition a regular Swiss car insurance might give you theft and collison damage protection.

Getting the CoC only at step 8 is a waste of time as this can be organized beforehand, even before the move.

"Bureau 65" is most likely a term specific for the StVA where you went do, was it Albisgüetli?

Step 10.3 There is no Swiss "tax sticker" or disc. That is what the license plate is for.

As reference, the official information from the StVA canton Zurich on the process can be found here (German only):
https://www.zh.ch/de/mobilitaet/fahr...fahrzeuge.html

I am not sure if you always need a COC, depending if in a UK registration doc. If D2 is filled in as variant & version plus K type approval no is filled in, then you have a better than 50% chance of being accepted. I just registered my wife's UK car in France & was told in no uncertain terms that a CoC was mandatory by the expert doing the import. I told them to submit the documents sans CoC & see what happens. It was accepted to the huge surprise of the expert.. Interestingly the UK Audi I imported to Malta has none of that info populated on the Maltese registration cert, so would need a CoC for sure if I wanted to re register anywhere else..
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Ytw. you have third party coverage for this trip, hence the need for the insurance quote in step 7

I spoke to my insurer specifically about this, I was told that is not the case. The insurance offer is a future contract and is conditional, the condition being that a Swiss Plate is issued. Without this there is no 3rd party insurance hence the reason why I cannot go riding without plates or with British plates.

frontier insurance - this is something I am unaware of. So I tried to search for answers relating to insurance but got none hence I wanted to create this checklist. Thanks I think this frontier insurance is something I should have trie for. I guess the issue is probably that I am searching using english keywords and I don't find any match. I unfortunately did not get convincing answers in this forum either.
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I am not sure if you always need a COC, depending if in a UK registration doc. If D2 is filled in as variant & version plus K type approval no is filled in, then you have a better than 50% chance of being accepted. I just registered my wife's UK car in France & was told in no uncertain terms that a CoC was mandatory by the expert doing the import. I told them to submit the documents sans CoC & see what happens. It was accepted to the huge surprise of the expert.. Interestingly the UK Audi I imported to Malta has none of that info populated on the Maltese registration cert, so would need a CoC for sure if I wanted to re register anywhere else..
Could be true, STVA fill out the form 13.20 and they specify exactly what documentation is needed. It may be different depending on the case.
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"Bureau 65" is most likely a term specific for the StVA where you went do, was it Albisgüetli?

Step 10.3 There is no Swiss "tax sticker" or disc. That is what the license plate is for.

I went to Winterthur RTO.

I mean the Swiss motorway sticker.
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The issue is not "driving in europe" for which all UK insurance allows, it's the point that you've moved your residence to a non-EU country and it's likely a condition of the insurance is being UK resident. Quite when the residency changes can be a grey area in some cases but clear cut in others.
Fair point - my insurance were fine with the change of residence, they basically treated it as a long holiday, but that then broke the quite low number of foreign days it allowed.

Also they would not issue / renew insurance to someone outside the UK, which effectively gave me the point where I had to convert my plates.
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You don't need a service to pass an MFK, it's a basic roadworthy & any car with less than 250k should be easily to pass. I have got cars through that would fail the UK MOT.

I agree, haven't had an MFK yet but I suppose it's a road worthyness test.
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I am not sure if you always need a COC, depending if in a UK registration doc. If D2 is filled in as variant & version plus K type approval no is filled in, then you have a better than 50% chance of being accepted.
The StVA website also mention it as optional / not always needed. I think they like to prevent extra delays for the customer in case the car registration papers have not all of the information (like the Swiss one ).

All what is needed for a vehicle with EU/EG-type approval is the type approval number. It is entry "K" on car registration documents which follow the European template. It can get difficult if the vehicle has no EU/EG-type approval but only a national type approval (pre-1993 for cars, pre-2000 for motorcycles). In that case also no CoC exists.
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Fair point - my insurance were fine with the change of residence, they basically treated it as a long holiday, but that then broke the quite low number of foreign days it allowed.

Also they would not issue / renew insurance to someone outside the UK, which effectively gave me the point where I had to convert my plates.

That is very interesting caveat, I find that some insurers implement the residency check when a payment is made. They insist that the credit/ debit card be registered to a British address but the T's and C's dont have a residency clause. So I guess once the insurance is purchased it is valid. I know LV do that for some of their insurance products.
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Btw I also wanted to add another observation. Unlike in the UK where one has to earn no claims bonus to get a better deal, here I think every one start off with the best rates until you make a claim. I am not so sure about this when I asked my insurers if a no-claims letter would make a difference I was told it will not and that they way it works is that a claim will make future quote expensive.
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Fair point - my insurance were fine with the change of residence, they basically treated it as a long holiday, but that then broke the quite low number of foreign days it allowed.

UK insurance provides minimum legal cover in EU+ for the duration of the policy. The 'allowance' is for full terms of the policy.
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I spoke to my insurer specifically about this, I was told that is not the case.
I am pretty sure it is the case. No motor vehicle can be used on Swiss roads w/o the needed 3rd party insurance coverage. Any exception would need to be mentioned in law or ordinance. The special case of the single trip to the inspection is covered in Art. 21 Abs. 5 VVV and as you can see you need an active and valid insurance quote lodged at the StVA/SAN, This is not just simply a quote but an actual guarantee of coverage.
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Re: Process of Importing a Vehicle to Switzerland as part of a House Move

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I am pretty sure it is the case. No motor vehicle can be used on Swiss roads w/o the needed 3rd party insurance coverage. Any exception would need to be mentioned in law or ordinance. The special case of the single trip to the inspection is covered in Art. 21 Abs. 5 VVV and as you can see you need an active and valid insurance quote lodged at the StVA/SAN, This is not just simply a quote but an actual guarantee of coverage.
True, this still bothers me a bit. So how can the insurance be valid if I haven't paid for it ? I can go to MFK fail the test come back cancel the insurance or let the 30 day lapse ? How could I be insured for the drive to and back from MFK in that case as I do not owe any money to my insurers if my test fails.

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"Present without license plates: You can only drive directly to us on the day of the test without license plates if the invitation says "Admission test" under the remarks and we have valid proof of insurance."

I will speak to the insurers again to see if I get a different answer.
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