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SOS Yachting Croatia informs: The Croatian Ministry of Maritime affairs has increased inspections for commercial yachts arriving in Croatia with charter guests from other EU countries. This includes sending of charter contract and proof that VAT is/will be paid in the EU country where the yacht was made available to the charterer. We suggest the Owning company contact their fiscal Represe [...]Read more >>
Yacht compliance 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 requirement [...]Read more >>
Is a charter license required? Yes, all non-EU yachts must purchase a charter license. A license is also required if the charter starts outside Croatia in an EU or non-EU country and cruises in Croatian waters. Yachts flagged Isle of Man, Gibraltar and the Channel Islands do not need a charter license since the flags are now deemed to be EU. For how long is it valid? A license is valid [...]Read more >>
Does the yacht owning company need to register for VAT? Yes, before starting any charter activity. What is the process? The yacht owning company must appoint a VAT representative based in Croatia. The VAT representative will apply for VAT registration on behalf of the owning company. What does a VAT representative do? The VAT representative acts as the local agent/repres [...]Read more >>
Use and enjoyment Is VAT due on charter fees? Yes, it is. What is the VAT rate? The standard rate in Croatia is 25%. VAT on charter fees is reduced to 13%. When is VAT charged on charter fees in Croatia? As of May 2017, VAT is due in two cases. On all charters starting in Croatia and on the number of days spent in Croatia if the charter starts outside the EU. With regards [...]Read more >>
Is duty-free fuel available? Duty-free fuel isn’t available to commercial yachts in Croatia. Are duty-free supplies available? No. In Croatia commercial yachts may not purchase duty free supplies and services. However, VAT exempt supplies and services purchased outside Croatia may be enjoyed in Croatia without Croatia VAT being due on consumptions.Read more >>
Can the UBO use its yacht? Yes, with a charter contract in place at a slightly discounted rate. Will the owning company be liable for income tax on income generated in Croatia? No, unless it has a permanent establishment in Croatia. Will the owning company be subject to withholding tax? No, not as of now. Is the Owning Company responsible for paying input VAT to the C [...]Read more >>