Update on the e-TEPAI
Originally Posted by pmx
OK, I finally found that it is possible to pay in advance via international SWIFT transfer.
(I read in a recent post that you had to pay at a local Greek post office).
Here is the procedure (links are probably already in this thread).
But what puzzles me is that I can't see how to get the necessary "official proof of payment" after completion of the SWIFT transfer.
I'll have to read all this again...
I guarantee that sailing the French waters is much, much simpler !
1st you dont have to have a euro account, just pay in euros.
after some initial wobbles, and "unexpected error" syndrome, the AADE web site seems to have settled down.
To enter you details is not that difficult - you just have to recheck every time you do a temporary submission, where some data may have changed or have been overwritten.
largely the errors - and I saw in info from plenty of failed applications and payments - were mostly self inflicted.
the most common - and the greeks could not have been more clear on this - the 20 digit number - AND NOTHING ELSE. so there was everything from the 20 digits plus boat
name, to cut and pasting the whole faqs para into it! you name it - people did it.
the only real errors by the system were on day 1 - 10th may, when the system lost
most of the payments. We believe all of these have been repaid now, though mine took till june 21st.
however some banks were crap, with the biscuit being taken by Santander where their sepa web site, when a user copied and pasted the long numbers, entered the control characters required to copy and paste..... the payment duly failed and came back....... of course you should be able to copy and paste these long numbers - i wouldn't dare enter them manually!
However from the experiences of many in the Cruising association most found that using cash at the greek post office was the easiest way.....
so in general terms, i think the greeks have succeeded in phase 1.
One word of warning though
many will be leaving yachts afloat for july and august. to be EXEMPT from the e-tetai you need to hand in your dekpa/transit log so that you are out of use. However, there are some port police who think this is still only for Greek boats. insist thy call the ministry of shipping
if this happens to you.
Next year we hope to see the DEKPA rules changed to agree with the e-tepai rules.(out of use). However with an election and another government
- maybe all will disappear into a pile of poo