Originally Posted by Alenka
What I can tell you is that charter
operators are no happier than private owners about this tax. Many, even after the discount, will be paying many tens of thousands of €'s each year. They have not had time or notice to budget
this cost into charges!
Their business will be affected and so will be the many thousands of people who book charter
into this equation that many charter operators will replace and phase boats in and out of their fleet throughout the year and you will appreciate that they could end up paying two lots of tax for a single
line of sales!!
Clearly the long and short term aspects of this tax and its implications have not be thought through the authorities. It will hit some of the smaller villages and communities very, very hard and ironically raise little in the overall scheme of things.
That's another side of the story..There are many customers who are chartering from Turkey
to visit both Turkey
and some Greek islands
. The extra cost of doing so was about 150-200 € and was affordable. Now for 50 ft boat
they will have to pay 1.500 € extra or the charter company will pay upfront this sum on a yearly basis, then allocate a part of it to those who wants to visit Greece
. If noone goes to Greece with this boat
it's a money down the drain..
Whereas greek charter companies will only pay half of it (if they ever pay, I am sure they will find a way to avoid it) and they can charter the boat to those who wants to visit Greece + Turkey (there is no such a tax in Turkey for greek boats..) at a much better price
. That's unfair competition..
Secondly, if the tax is charged by length only, the multihulls will be clearly incentivated..45 ft catamaran
has the volume of 54 ft mono
And lastly, the boats which are already in Greece both in land or sea should be given a reasonable "mercy period" to leave Greece if they choose to do so.
Otherwise, it's a robbery..You make a yearly contract
for a certain amount of money, you pull out yr boat and in the middle of winter new tax is implemented effective from Jan 1st when you are sitting in the UK, US or Australia
I still belive (and hope) that this tax will never be implemented or be implemented "diluted" with plenty of derogations..