St. Gallen is the capital of the St. Gallen Canton in Switzerland. It has managed to evolve from a hermitage to a rather large urban agglomeration. It represents the center of the eastern Swiss region.
With a strong economic base hinged on the service sector, it attracts people from all parts of the world to study and work here.
Importing Your Vehicle.
If you want to effectively import your vehicle to St. Gallen because you are here to stay or you plan on relocating from USA, there are quite a lot of things to consider. You have to make sure that you’ve filled out all the necessary paperwork as well as to file the required documentation. You are also going to have to submit a certificate stating that your vehicle is only going to be used for personal reasons.
If you are visiting the city for a short period, you wouldn’t have to register the vehicle. You would only have to verify it when crossing the border. However, all of the imported vehicles have to receive thorough testing at the Canton’s Transport Office. This is going to be performed prior to you being permitted to drive it around. There are stringent emissions checks and quality standards in place so it is imperative that the vehicle has been cleared homologation.
You would be required to prove to the customs authority that you are only visiting the country as a tourist and are there on a temporary basis. If you want to extend the stay, however, you would have to import your vehicle to St. Gallen. You wouldn’t have to pay customs duty there. You would be required to apply for a local license plate which is duty free and customized. You would also have to declare the vehicle at the border which is absolutely mandatory. You won’t be able to drive the vehicle until you pass the anti-pollution test.
You have to complete the Form 1530 completed and you would have to pay CHF 25. This particular form is for interns, students, and expatriates who are using their vehicle inside the country for no more than two years. You wouldn’t have to pay duties but if you are made to it wouldn’t be more than about 4% of the vehicle’s market value.
You can find the relevant information available at the Switzerland Customs Authority. The A1 Auto Transport Service is going to provide you with comprehensive assistance throughout the entire process in order to ensure that there is absolutely no hassle associated.
Traffic Regulations in Switzerland.
Now, it’s also important to understand that driving in the United States is quite different from driving in Switzerland. The country is known for having the safest roads in Europe and for its well-developed public transport. You have to be at least 18 years old to drive and 21 if you want to drive a bus. For the first year, you would be allowed to use your US driver’s license but afterwards, you would have to obtain a local one.
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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