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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Bahamas moves to be “flag state” for superyachts

2021-07-28T14:11:00+01:00IBI , by Tony Esposito

Adopting the Bahamian flag would encourage home-base porting

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US marine retailers oppose Watercraft Excise Tax increase


MRAA joins regional and national groups challenging new proposal

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Greek yachting bill to be put to public consultation, chartering to be simplified

2021-07-13T12:28:00+01:00IBI , by Manos Roudas

Proposed law modernises the institutional framework for yachts in Greece


US Senators launch GPS protection bill

2021-07-08T08:52:00+01:00IBI , by Craig Ritchie

Bipartisan legislation aims to protect US GPS users impacted by proposed 5G IoT network

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Greek government amends yacht tax

2021-06-14T14:41:00+01:00IBI , by Manos Roudas

New rates take effect from the 2020 tax year

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Recreational boating sector joins 113 US and EU organisations requesting relief from tariffs


One hundred and thirteen European and American associations have issued a joint statement ahead of the EU-US Summit in Brussels due to be held on 15 June 2021.

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International Boat Industry (IBI) joins European Boating Industry


European Boating Industry (EBI) supports renewed leadership team and welcomes new sustaining members

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EU’s Covid passport goes live with seven nations beating the deadline by a month

2021-06-02T13:31:00+01:00IBI , by Robert Wielaard

The passport takes effect July 1

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Malta introduces own Passenger Yacht Code


New code supports superyachts able to carry up to 36 passengers

The ELUX electric pontoon combines the simplicity of an electric motor with the luxury of a fibreglass design

US Senator proposes incentives for electric boats


NMMA applauds and supports the measure


SAMSA tightens regulations around kill-switches after teen boating accident


South Africa is set to impose stricter safety measures for ski-boats, specifically around the use of kill-switches, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) confirmed this month.

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As summer beckons, EU to issue corona ‘passport’ but hurdles remain

2021-05-21T14:05:00+01:00IBI , by Robert Wielaard

The Covid-19 certificate takes effect July 1