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Old 11-08-2017, 05:35   #1
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Ex-Charter boat EU-VAT & Registration export/import question.

Hi there. I am very new to boat purchase and need some advice.

I am from Germany (EU citizen) and want to buy a boat in Greece, that is
under charter management at the moment - so no VAT payed yet.

I am considering a registration in Germany by getting a flag certificate. I Think, this is sufficient for a 40ft boat, but will check first with the authorities.

Now my question: where do i have to pay the VAT and for what amount (based on the the sales price payed to the previous owner or the depreciation value of the vessel - it is 5 years old or based on the valuation of the survey)

Do I have to import physically the boat to Germany and pay the German VAT (19%) at the entrance port or do I have to pay the Greek VAT - what is probably much higher? Any other way to get around without putting the boat in charter an preventing the VAT issue (e.g. export and foreign flag)?

How you guys do the trick buying a boat without payed VAT in an neighbor EU country from a previously chartered boat?
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Re: Ex-Charter boat EU-VAT & Registration export/import question.

Following the rules you should pay EU VAT in the first EU country you enter. IF you take delivery in Greece you pay VAT in Greece.

You pay VAT on the market value. In your case the purchase price.

That was the rules.

If you sail the boat from Greece no one will say anything. You could sail to another EU country and pay VAT. As there is competition about you VAT money another EU country might consider the market value lower. It is open for negotiations in some countries.
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