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


Fiji’s ‘Blue Lane’ initiative proves good response to Covid-19


Over 20 yachts have so far made use of the ‘Blue Lane’ initiative introduced by the Fijian government to allow yachts and superyachts to visit the South Pacific island nation, according to a report in The Fiji Times.

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Trump resumes trade war with Canada

2020-08-07T13:40:00+01:00IBI , by Craig Ritchie

It’s Déjà vu for the North American boat industry as US president Donald Trump announces a new 10% tariff on Canadian aluminium, while Canada vows to retaliate

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NZ update: exemption for visiting yachts with work booked; Auckland show to attract large crowds; Ocean Marine busy; new Waiheke marina

2020-08-05T06:30:00+01:00IBI , by David Robinson

New rule could give a boost to local yacht repair and refit sector


Gibraltar introduces new Covid-19 protocols for returning yachts


Need for crew to submit report to captain of the port before arrival


North Carolina legislation makes abandoned boat disposal easier


Local governments are lauding a new North Carolina law that makes the removal of abandoned boats on land or water easier.

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French association asks government to reallocate boating taxes to help industry

2020-07-08T14:03:00+01:00IBI , by Edouard Desgrez

FIN calls for government to channel 25% of taxes back into the sector

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Trinidad & Tobago brace for surge of superyachts


Trinidad &Tobago (TT) is preparing for a “surge” of superyachts, causing its Attorney General (AG) to amend local legislation aimed at easing entry while protecting the island nation.

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Barbados to join list of Caribbean islands reopening to tourists


Barbados will join the growing list of Caribbean islands opening up after the lockdowns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic as from July 12. The news was announced by Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley.


MYBA issues guidance on Greek yacht charters

2020-07-01T09:01:00+01:00IBI , by Manos Roudas

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues, yacht brokers in Greece are working with owners and clients to resolve any issues related to upcoming yacht charters. During this uncertain period and until further notice, the country’s Covid-19 and cancellation policy is typically as follows:

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St Maarten to reopen to tourists from July 1


The Dutch Caribbean island of St Maarten, a key yachting destination, is to reopen to tourists from North America and Europe as of July 1. This adds to the visitors which have been arriving in St Maarten since June 22 from a number of local Caribbean destinations, subject to them ...


North American industry gears up for July 1 implementation of USMCA trade deal


NAFTA-replacement aims to simplify cross-border shipment of goods while adding intellectual property protections

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Maldives to reopen to visitors from next week


The Indian Ocean island country of the Maldives, which extends across several chains of islands, will be opening up to tourists and visitors such as yacht crew and passengers on Monday 29 June. Maldivian airports will open on July 1.