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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Biden Administration confirms timing for removal of EU boat & motor tariffs


The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) reports today that the EU plans to lift retaliatory tariffs on US boats and engines on 1 January 2022

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EU Commissioner & US President announce suspension of tariff dispute


The agreement includes lifting of the EU’s retaliatory tariffs on boats and engines, along with other US products that have been penalised in the dispute

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“Clock ticking, time to end tariffs once and for all” - marine industry joins call ahead of G20 Summit


EBI and NMMA among those urging leaders to remove retaliatory tariffs

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Two British boatbuilders fined £430k over health and safety breaches

2021-10-28T16:47:00+01:00By Neil Eaves,

Both cases brought before judges this month

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Brazil to introduce digital boat owner and user licences

2021-10-20T10:51:00+01:00IBI , by Fernanda Teixeira Velloso

Citizens will be able to access their documents in digital format by 2022

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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