I'm in the Netherlands
, but since it's all EU laws and regulations
these days, it won't be much different for France
Best advise: check with local customs
- they are the ones that can tell you exactly
what will and what will NOT be accepted.
I don't know what year the boat in question is, but the most recent info I have from Dutch customs (checked with them last summer when they were in the marina here):
- before 1985: no papers needed (tho you do have to be able to proof the year. doh.)
- 1985 - 1993: you have to proof it is "likely" VAT was paid. (check with local customs!)
- 1993 and newer: you need the original invoice with VAT
If the boat you're looking at is from 1993 or newer, you will need the original invoice. If the invoice somehow was lost
, it'll be very difficult to get the paperwork needed. You'd need to contact the previous owner, proof the boat was never commercially used etc. A real pain in the butt.
Anyway, this is the info I was given last summer by customs, but I'd check with local customs just to be sure, in your case.
My boat is from 1974, but since my word on that will probably not be enough, I always have a copy of the original invoice on board. If your broker cannot produce the original invoice, please check with customs what to do and do not accept paperwork from another boat!