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

US-EU tariffs image

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.

EBI logo

International Boat Industry (IBI) joins European Boating Industry


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

EU thumbnail

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

Malta yacht flag

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.

EU flags

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

US-EU flags

Industry associations issue joint statement on US-EU boat tariffs


Following yesterday’s announcement that the US and European Union have reached an agreement to suspend the June 1 increase of tariffs on US boats entering the EU, EBI, ICOMIA and the NMMA have issued the following joint statement:

US-EU tariffs image

EU steps back from tariff increases for US-made boat imports


EU and US strike conciliatory note in aluminium/steel tariff war


Dutch ease entry for non-EU crew working on yacht building, maintenance projects

2021-05-14T14:45:00+01:00IBI , by Robert Wielaard

The easing of the entry ban takes effect May 15

US-EU flags

Increase in European retaliatory tariff looms

2021-05-13T14:39:00+01:00IBI , by Arlene Sloan

American boating industry urges Washington to intercede with the European Union to avoid further penalties on US boat and engine exports

Screenshot 2021-05-12 at 14.17.25

Updated version of Marshall Islands’ Yacht Code with key details introduced

2021-05-12T13:17:00+01:00IBI , by David Robinson

Most significant change to Code since its 2013 launch