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Old 15-08-2012, 13:11   #1
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Importing a Non EU ex-charter Cat into the EU

Hi All,

I'm looking at some ex charter (VAT NOT PAID) cats in Croatia, Greece and Turkey.

I'm well aware of the pitfalls of buying ex-charter so this is purely a question of finance.

Looking at Lagoon 380's around the £100k-£120k mark. I would be interested to know what costs I would incur to get this registered as a UK flagged vessel with TAX PAID status. Has anyone here got first hand experiance of this and can let me know the pitfalls and anything I should look out for?

I know I'm due to pay tax at the first EU port of entry and that VAT rates vary depending on where this is. I'm keen to understand how they calculate the tax and what this could be. Would it be circa the 20% or is it a reduced rate? Is it based on the full price, purchase price, average price, or price on the invoice? What other costs could be involved? I just want to ensure I'm not getting fleeced by the Broker. Is there any way to reduce the amount of VAT to be paid (other than buy a smaller, cheaper yacht).

Thanks in advance...
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