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Ship Car To Lugano
πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­ Switzerland, (CH)

Bordering Italy, the Swiss city of Lugano is a city in southern Switzerland. It is the third financial center of Switzerland and thereby attracts expats from all over the world to call it home.

However, the pristine beauty of the city and canton makes it a sought after destination for international tourists. But commuting in your own vehicle surpasses the expensive public transportation.

Cost & Time Examples For Shipping a Car to Lugano

Lugano to (New York port)
to New York, NY
$275$30005+23 days
Lugano to (California port)
to Los Angeles
$350$39005+32 days
Lugano to (New York port)
to Boston, MA
$400$30005+23 days
Las Vegas, NV to (California port)
to Lugano
$450$39005+32 days
Lugano to (California port)
to Seattle, WA
$550$39006+32 days
Lugano to (New York port)
to Detroit, MI
$575$30006+23 days
Chicago, IL to (New York port)
to Lugano
$675$30006+23 days
Denver, CO to (California port)
to Lugano
$775$39007+32 days
Memphis, TN to (New York port)
to Lugano
$800$30006+23 days
Dallas, TX to (California port)
to Lugano
$1,025$39007+32 days

*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and the type of vehicle.

*Save the ground transport cost by delivering the vehicle to the nearest port.

*Allow an additional 10 days to process the documents.

*Prices are for 1 car in a dedicated 20ft container. This is the safest and most reliable way to transport a vehicle internationally. Other items may be included in the container to help save you money when moving.

*Using the RoRo (roll on, roll off) method is less expensive and shipments can be completed in fewer days. Contact us now for a free RoRo quote.

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Temporary permit for import.

As a tourist, you can easily get your car imported, provided you do it for your own use. The Swiss Customs Administration is going to require significant proof for this. However, if you plan to import it permanently, you’d need to apply for customs plates under tax exemptions, if you want to avoid paying taxes.

Tourists, as well as others that come temporarily and bring their vehicles, don’t need to report to any road traffic office. However, you have to declare the car when passing the border. Any vehicles that are imported into Switzerland have to undergo the main technical test at the traffic office. This has to be done before you start driving in the city of Lugano. You have to undergo an anti-pollution test as well because Switzerland is likely to be one of the most environmentally conscious countries in Europe.

However, the authorities in Switzerland are going to require serious proof that shows your short-term intentions. If you intend to visit Lugano for a longer period, you can still import your car without paying fees but you have to apply for custom duty-free license plates before that. You are going to have to get it declared prior to that and it has to undergo a special anti-pollution test at the local traffic authority. This has to be completed before you are involved in the traffic in Switzerland.

The authorization costs about 25 CHF and you are going to have to fill a 15.30 form which is applicable for students, expatriates and other interns that need the car for personal use for no longer than 2 years. The added duty is about 4% of the market value of your vehicle. The Swiss Customs Administration is going to have the required information so contacting them might be a good idea. You can also consult the A1 Auto Transport service for the details to shipping your car to Switzerland. You can choose between two shipping methods – RORO and Container shipping. The laws of the Lugano subject imported cars to a duty of about 4% of the value of the vehicle.

Drive in Switzerland.

The Lugano has perfect public transport as well as the safest traffic in Europe. You have to be 18 years old to be allowed to drive but if you intend to be driving a bus you have to be 21 years old. If you are from the U.S. you can use your national driving license for the first 12 months and after that, you’d have to exchange it for a national one. If you need any further information you can always contact the Switzerland Embassy in Washington, DC.

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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. 

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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