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


Free copy of latest EU Recreational Craft Directive


The go-to-reference for European boat standards, the revised RCD guide is being offered by EBI and ICOMIA free of charge


Spanish port authority restricts boat access at tourist beaches, introduces charges

2022-07-25T16:02:00+01:00IBI , by Ricard Bracons

Action taken to protect areas of Posidonia seagrass around the Balearic Islands


Not everyone agrees US 'Chips Act' is a good deal

2022-07-25T14:37:00+01:00IBI , by Tony Esposito

But the bipartisan bill is broadly supported by the US recreational boating industry

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Proposed regulation could expand compliance burden on US dealers

2022-07-14T11:49:00+01:00IBI , by Tony Esposito

Proposed Federal Trade Commission rule would require dealers to disclose all costs and sale conditions to the consumer upfront

SEArica declaration

Nautical tourism in the spotlight for EU institutions


Co-organised EBI event highlighted need for boaters’ licenses to be treated in the same harmonised way as car driving licenses

euros & kunas

EU to admit Croatia to its eurozone


Entry to the eurozone reflects a vote of confidence in Croatia’s economic prospects


US electrification standards awaiting approval, need for international “harmonisation”

2022-06-22T15:07:00+01:00IBI , by Tony Esposito

American Boat and Yacht Council has two proposals coming to the fore

Suez Canal

Egypt reduces licence issuing time for visiting yachts

2022-05-13T15:05:00+01:00IBI , by David Robinson

Waiting times shortened in bid to boost tourism to the country

Auckland - Orams new refit and haul-out facility

NZ to reopen to visiting yachts and superyachts

2022-05-13T12:57:00+01:00IBI , by David Robinson

Return of charter and refit activities welcome news for country’s superyacht sector


US industry leaders head to capital in support of Bipartisan Innovation Act

2022-05-12T12:01:00+01:00IBI , by Tony Esposito

Proposed bill would strengthen global competitiveness, eliminate supply chain constraints and tariffs


Canadian government yields new luxury tax concession

2022-04-29T13:10:00+01:00IBI , by Craig Ritchie

Final legislation to be tabled next week exempts boats sold in 2021 along with boats sold in 2022 if delivered before September 1

Begum Dogalu

New Turkish charter licence and VAT initiative highlighted at MYBA Charter Show

2022-04-27T15:58:00+01:00IBI , by David Robinson

Associations working to improve Turkey’s yacht market