Japan Used Car Import Duty / Regulation in Switzerland

Year Restrictions


Destination Port

Geneve and Zurich

Time of Shipment

Container (34-41 Days)

Vessel Schedule

Container (Weekly)

Shipping Line

Enzian Ship Management



Shipping Ports:

Major shipping ports in Switzerland are Port of Geneve and Port of Zurich.

Left-Hand Drive Vehicles:

Importation of left-hand drive vehicles is permitted in the country.


Before a vehicle can be registered in Switzerland it has to undergo a technical inspection, which will be carried out by the Automobile Services of the canton it is to be registered in.

Technical Inspection:

Used foreign vehicles imported in Switzerland must undergo technical test at the cantonal road traffic office before it can be used on roads.

A month before the technical inspection, the importer is required to visit the licensing office with the foreign vehicle license, the Form 13.20A, the exhaust test document (Abgaswartungsdokument AWD) and an insurance certificate from a Swiss motor insurer.


A customs declaration form showing that the vehicle formed part of the importer’s personal effects on immigration is also required. The technical inspection is done to ensure that the vehicle satisfies Swiss standards for being road worthy.

Documents to be presented to customs for the assessment:

Duties and Taxes:

The import duty rate for importing Car into Austria is 10% + CHF12.00 per 100 kg , the import VAT is 8%
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