The latest news from around the world on regulatory issues and legislation affecting the boating industry including taxes, trade tariffs, standards and environomental restrictions.

Regulatory Issues and Legislation

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A unified boating industry clarifies post-Brexit VAT issues


Multiple associations based in the UK and Europe joined together to obtain clarity on the VAT status of recreational boats in the wake of Britian’s departure from the European Union, effective at the end of 2020

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Russian government to design new legal framework to boost domestic boating

2021-04-01T08:47:00+01:00By Eugene Gerden,

Plans look to transform outdated USSR rules and regulations; calls for tax relief for boating investors


Rush to ensure RYA qualifications continue to be recognised in Spain post-Brexit

2021-03-30T09:55:00+01:00IBI , by David Robinson

Spanish marine authorities make bid to lift recently imposed restrictions

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Costa Rica eases way for foreign superyachts

2021-03-24T15:13:00+00:00IBI , by Tony Esposito

New marina reform law removes hurdles for yacht owners

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User association claims that majority of British boat owners may quit EU waters or sell craft

2021-03-24T14:39:00+00:00IBI , by David Robinson

Cruising Association member survey highlights post-Brexit outlook

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New US safety rules to take effect for small boats


NMMA commends new rules

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NMMA lobbying legislation to ‘lift all boats’

2021-03-22T13:55:00+00:00IBI , by Tony Esposito

Groups from a wide variety of industries are now active on legislation they would normally ignore


EU weighs Covid-19 travel certificates to stoke growth, unlock borders

2021-03-17T16:09:00+00:00IBI , by Robert Wielaard

EU leaders will debate the issue at a summit next week

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Belize first Caribbean nation to allow vaccinated visitors without negative tests


Yachting tourism has been open since late February

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Thailand introduces new yacht quarantine option for tourists

2021-03-09T14:15:00+00:00IBI , by David Robinson

From the beginning of this week, Thailand has introduced a new scheme based on using yachts for quarantining which it hopes will provide a boost to its hard-hit tourism industry and especially its nautical tourism sector. Tourism is a mainstay of the Thai economy.

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British Marine and RYA highlight potential new costs of trading second-hand vessels between the UK and EU


Following the release of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement, British Marine and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) have been working to understand the impact of various aspects of the agreement on both the marine industry and recreational boat owners.

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British Marine reacts to UK Spring Budget 2021


Red diesel will continue to be allowable after April 2022