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Import & Export

We are able to assist owners with the import and export of their yachts into and out of the European Union (EU) handling formalities either directly or in conjunction with leading customs agents

Yacht Import & Export

Import

Temporary Admission

Temporary Admission is an EU mechanism designed in its simplest terms to enable non EU resident yacht owners to enjoy their private yachts within the EU for a certain period of time without liability to pay the EU VAT that otherwise would be payable upon their first arrival into the EU.

The current period of time that a yacht is allowed to remain within the EU under such relief is eighteen months which in certain circumstances is extendable.

A similar relief from paying VAT on import is also in certain cases available to yachts arriving purely for refit and repair work to be performed.

To qualify in all cases for Temporary Admission strict terms and conditions exist pertaining to the operation of Temporary Admission relief to prevent abuse of the system.

Full Importation

Generally speaking a yacht owner will be required to make a full importation whenever the vessel arrives into the EU from a non EU port. Situations where a formal import would usually be required include:

  • The first arrival into the EU of a yacht constructed or purchased outside the EU
  • The arrival of a yacht into the EU that was built within the EU for export but is now returning to EU waters
  • The arrival of a yacht into the EU that is non-EU owned and would otherwise qualify for Temporary Admission but intends to operate commercially for charter within EU waters

Export

In certain cases a formal export of a yacht should be made from the EU, for example where a new build yacht is sold by the builder as an export from the EU on a zero rated VAT basis.

Oceanskies is conveniently based in the yachting haven of Guernsey in the Channel Islands.

Guernsey has a special fiscal status in that it is outside the EU for VAT purposes but within the EU for customs purposes.

In certain situations this makes the island a useful stopover for yachts leaving the EU to clear customs as evidence of their departure and export from the VAT territory of the EU.

In certain situations it also makes the island an ideal place for the sale of yachts to take place outside the scope of EU VAT.

Oceanskies is able to provide a fully comprehensive yacht concierge, handling and customs agency services in such situations.

We can also arrange for a similar service to be provided by customs agents in other key points of EU export such as Norway, Gibraltar and Tunisia .

Next Step

For further information please do not hesitate to contact us.

Relevant Guides

Guernsey & Jersey - Channel Islands Yacht Export & Delivery

Who to Contact

Duncan
Ryan

Oceanskies on Instagram

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@oceanskiesltd

02 June 2020 at 18:33

Last weekend we were pleased to handle the visit of this @MoonenYachts 30 Metre M/Y to @gsyharbours on a technical stop whilst repositioning from the Med to Northern Europe - pls ctc us for agency services for any yacht interested in visiting @VisitGuernsey this summer #Guernsey pic.twitter.com/Wq5XTwh4p3

@oceanskiesltd

29 May 2020 at 08:05

Over the spring bank holiday weekend we were very pleased to welcome our 2nd superyacht visitor since the resumption of Oceanskies yacht agency activities here in Guernsey post lockdown with the arrival of this awesome ketch by Baltic Yachts #Guernsey @visitguernsey @gsyharbours pic.twitter.com/VgymeuYA2L

@oceanskiesltd

16 May 2020 at 14:37

Following yesterday's announcement that we could resume our Guernsey yacht agency services we very pleased to welcome this @Sunseeker_Intl 131 Yacht as our first superyacht of the 2020 summer season to @gsyharbours @VisitGuernsey this morning #Guernsey #superyacht #PositiveVibes pic.twitter.com/cgXK3iWCfC

@oceanskiesltd

15 May 2020 at 19:39

BREAKING NEWS - Very pleased to announce that from 00:01 on the 16th May 2020 Oceanskies are able to resume our Guernsey port agency services for visiting yachts on a limited basis - see here for further info: oceanskies.com/blog/Resumptio… #Guernsey pic.twitter.com/QcDW975mXq

@oceanskiesltd

16 April 2020 at 07:56

Today was winter overhaul lift out in Malta for this client @Sunseeker_Intl Predator 80 for which our Malta office is providing guardianage and local support services - for further info about our Malta registration, importation, guardiannage + support services please ctc us…pic.twitter.com/mhd54RU2nSnS

@oceanskiesltd

09 April 2020 at 09:57

Today we have some good news to share - our Crew App has undergone a significant update and rebrand to 'CrewMate' - the App enables all of our seafarers to enjoy real time access to their employment and payment info - see our online guide for the details: oceanskies.com/yacht-crew/cre… pic.twitter.com/PuxqndRWeU