Ship Your Car To Or From Fribourg, Switzerland
Fribourg is the capital city of the Fribourg Canton of as well as of the district of La Sarine. It is situated approximately 17 miles south of Bern, on the banks of the river Saane. It’s also an important educational, administrative and economic hub on the cultural border between the French and German Switzerland. It’s an old city and is one of the most appropriately maintained cities over the Sarine Valley.
Learn more about transporting vehicles to Switzerland.
Switzerland is located in the heart of the continent and it has well planned transportation system which connects it to other countries around. Shipping a car there isn’t a trouble if you are from the U.S.
As a Tourist
If you are a tourist, you can import the car without documents only, if it’s for your personal use. The authorities will need proof that you are resident from abroad. You can import it free of duty on a temporary basis, but you need to apply for duty-free customs plates. Additionally, you wouldn’t have to register the car at the road traffic office. However, you need to declare it at a manned border crossing. Furthermore, the vehicle will need to undergo a specific technical test and the anti-pollution test as it enters the border. The duty is usually around 4% of the vehicle’s value which is appraised by the local authorities.
On a Permanent Basis
You need to establish residence, if you want to import the vehicle free but you have to provide evidence that you owned it for at least the last 6 months. Additionally, you need to clear customs and to register the car at the road traffic office afterwards. Shipping a vehicle from the U.S. to Switzerland is likely to cost you between $2,000 and $4,300.
Larger cars as well as those which are shipped from the West Coast or the Midwest are likely to cost you a bit more to the area in comparison to standard-sized vehicles and those which come from the East Coast.
It is important that adherence to Swiss Customs Administration is done so that there are no delays or quarantine of your vehicle.
- Driver’s license
- Insurance proof
- Bill of lading
- Invoice of purchase
- Residency permit
- Inspection document
- Form 18.44 from the customs
Now, it’s also important to understand that Switzerland has the safest road network in the entire Europe and it has smooth public transportation. You need to be 18 years old to drive motorbikes or cars and 21 years if you want to drive a bus. You can use your national driver’s license for the first 12 months of staying in Switzerland. After this time goes through, you will have to exchange it for a local one. You can visit the website of the officials for further information. What is more, you can always contact the Swiss embassy in Washington, DC, should you feel the need to get a bit more additional information.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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