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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US government brokers deal to ease container port backlogs

2021-10-14T04:53:00+01:00IBI , by Craig Ritchie

White House negotiates agreement between shippers, logistics firms and unions to operate California container ports 24/7 in effort to clear crippling logjams

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European Boating Industry urges end to EU-US tariffs dispute


EBI seeks resolution before second tranche of EU rebalancing measures come into effect at end of November


Italy slapped by EU over fuel tax exemption

2021-09-22T13:35:00+01:00IBI , by Craig Ritchie

Pleasure craft under charter deemed ineligible for duty exclusion extended to vessels used for commercial navigation

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Italy to reform and simplify Nautical Code

2021-09-17T15:18:00+01:00IBI , by David Robinson

The country plans to enhance the Italian flag for pleasure craft

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Australian industry association tells Parliament “boating is an antidote”

2021-09-15T14:11:00+01:00IBI , by Tony Esposito

BIA president Darren Vaux sends statement to federal and state governments

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UK proposes new jet ski legislation


Personal and recreational watercraft would fall under same laws as ships


EU takes US off Covid ‘safe list’ leaving enforcement up to its 27 members

2021-08-31T13:12:00+01:00IBI , by Robert Wielaard

Making it harder for Americans to freely enter an EU nation is a recommendation

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Boating coalition sinks triple-digit California boat registration fee increase

2021-08-25T14:19:00+01:00IBI , by Tony Esposito

Boaters in the Golden State pay some US$107m in state fuel taxes

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MRAA, Dealer Profit Services release compliance process guide


The ’Guide to Creating a Compliance Process’ explains why having a compliance process is smart for business

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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