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Before starting charter activities - Yacht compliance June 2017
Can EU flagged yachts charter? Yes, they can.
Can non-EU flagged yachts charter? Yes, and as of May 2017 all non-EU yachts can charter in Croatia with no limitations regarding length.
What requirements must EU yachts meet? VAT must be paid or accounted for and duly documented (commercial invoice, for instance).
Are there any other requirements? The yacht must be commercially registered, employ permanent crew and be under charter contract.
What requirements must non-EU yachts meet? Non-EU yachts must be imported into the EU and in free circulation. The appointment of a Croatian licensed ship agent is mandatory for EU and non-EU yachts over 45mt.
Does importation entail paying VAT on the value of the yacht? It depends. Some countries, like France and Malta, have set up VAT schemes which allow commercial yachts to be imported at reduced VAT percentages or under VAT exemption.
Can a non-EU commercial yacht charter in any EU Member State after it has been imported? Yes, once customs has been cleared and duty/VAT paid, as the case may be, the yacht is in free circulation in the EU and can cruise throughout EU waters. For instance, a yacht imported into the EU in France can charter in Croatia.
Is there a time limit on importation? No, the yacht is in free circulation until it is exported out of the EU.
Can privately registered yachts charter? No, neither EU nor non-EU yachts.