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Old 05.07.2021, 12:24
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Returning Car back to UK after 1 year

Hello,

I moved to Switzerland in August 2020 and was hoping to import my campervan here (I know not ideal but lots of work went into it so I was hopeful). I did this by getting the 13.20 A form and declaring it with my move.

However as could have probably been foreseen. The amount I needed to do to get the van MFK ok was too much so I will take it back at the end of the month.

So at the moment the van is still on UK plates, still taxes and insured in the UK and I still have the V5. So in my opinion I should be able to just drive back into the UK with no issue. However my concern is that I need to do something at the Swiss Customs to let them know it's leaving.

I have spoken with customs and they are indicating that I need to do a full export. (No problem if true) however I'm not sure if this is true as all the export documentation requires information about the Swiss registration which I obviously don't have.

Has anyone had experience with this? Or could point me in the direction of someone who might?

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Re: Returning Car back to UK after 1 year

Mine had Swiss plates and grey card, which I returned/cancelled and now sits on original UK plates in the UK. It was never declared to DVLA as exported, nor to the Swiss. So far so good.
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Re: Returning Car back to UK after 1 year

I went through a similar scenario as you, started the import process by declaring it at the boarder in Basel but did nothing else for 10months, then took to UK to sell as it was clear it would be too much hassle to import. I took the import form i got 10months before to my local import office ( not straseverkempsant), they gave me a stamped form saying my initial procedures to import the car were cancelled. No fee, the guy doing it said i didnt need it but i insisted!
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I went through a similar scenario as you, started the import process by declaring it at the boarder in Basel but did nothing else for 10months, then took to UK to sell as it was clear it would be too much hassle to import. I took the import form i got 10months before to my local import office ( not straseverkempsant), they gave me a stamped form saying my initial procedures to import the car were cancelled. No fee, the guy doing it said i didnt need it but i insisted!
What did you say at the import office ? Just that you're returning the car to the UK ? Did they ask you for any proof ?
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