Road vehicles and watercraft

Under customs law, vehicles are regarded as goods (such as clothing, foodstuffs or machinery). A distinction is made between domestic (duty paid) and foreign (duty unpaid) vehicles.

In principle, a vehicle's number plate shows whether it is duty paid or duty unpaid:

  • Vehicles with Swiss number plates = duty paid
  • Vehicles with foreign number plates = duty unpaid

You must spontaneously declare any vehicle(s) on which duty has not been paid to Swiss Customs.

The regulations and formalities depend on whether you are:

We are not able to provide you with any information on foreign regulations. Please direct your query to the foreign customs authorities.

Frequently asked questions (Vehicles FAQ)


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