Originally Posted by Ray.
I have been trying to keep up with events etc with regards to my current situation in Spain, plus seeing the posts from others like Timlich, who also had plans to come to Spain and depart to go cruising....
well my situation is pretty much unchanged, I am currently aboard my boat in Denia, not problems at the moment, just the obvious one of not being allowed to depart. Don't know how it will develop if it continues for an extended period, but my 'free' mooring agreement comes to an end at the end of March, this was an agreement with the previous owner to allow time to prep etc for departure. Obviously they aren't going to cast me adrift and I have no problems of paying for the utilities I use, will just have to see how it pans out as and when I can depart. Current plan A would be to head to Gibraltar, resupply (subject to panic buyers and available stock of supplies) then head east.... a whole lot of unknowns right now but I am sure there must be cruisers out there who are somehow managing?
Great link from Slug with regards to checking out re: VAT, I was planning to do via morocco myself, but if I can do it in Gib then problem solved..... thanks Slug.... a great link/post I greatly appreciate.
Ray, Gibraltar is not outside of the EU, it is only outside the EU Common Customs
Tariff area and it does not charge VAT. Going to Gibraltar is not exiting the EU and thus does not reset the 18 month clock as to compliance with a temporary import
and related VAT relief for a boat owned by a non-EU resident. Common misconception.
Gibraltar's status within the EU is that it is a full EU member
except that it is exempted from levying VAT as it does not form part of the EU's Common Customs
Tariff area. For this reason, it is important to differentiate between countries falling within the EU's CCT area and other EU territories such as Gibraltar. For the reasons described above, if you register your yacht in Gibraltar you pay:
No VAT in Gibraltar
Duty (if your vessel is not based in Gibraltar)
No tax on the sale
of your vessel
VAT (Value Added Tax)
VAT is normally charged on yachts which are used within Common Customs Tariff waters, regardless of whether the yacht is owned by a Gibraltar company. For this reason it is important to note that whether a yacht is registered in Gibraltar or any other British Flag port, it is also subject to the conditions imposed by other countries as to the length of time that it may remain in any port without becoming subject to Import Duty as a foreign registered vessel.
Although VAT-free temporary importation status is still available to yachts which do not spend more that six months in any year in CCT waters, this is conditional upon the yacht not being used by any EU residents during its time in CCT waters.
If a vessel which is seeking a transfer of its Port of Registry from a country within the Common Customs Tariff area to Gibraltar, has already paid VAT on its purchase
value, it would be important to show that the "resale" of the vessel to the name of a Gibraltar company is effected within the CCT area in order to preserve its VAT-paid status.
EU citizens seeking to re-register their vessels in Gibraltar in the name of Gibraltar companies should note that any VAT levied by CCT member
countries on their vessels would be conditional upon their status as EU citizens and not on their vessel's Port of Registry. For this reason it would certainly be a bonus if those EU citizens seeking to re-register their vessels in Gibraltar and continue to use their vessels within CCT waters, have already paid VAT on their vessels.
So while registering your vessel in Gibraltar avails no VAT in Gibraltar is does not protect against other EU country VAT and import tariff.