Post-Brexit boat certification requirements clarified

Following the successful cooperation on VAT and customs, the leading European, British, and international leisure marine associations continue to provide clarity on the new post-Brexit trade relationships.

The International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA), European Boating Industry (EBI), European Boating Association (EBA), British Marine (BM) and the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) have now issued clarification on certification requirements for second-hand boats in trade between the EU and UK post-Brexit.

In dialogue with the EU and UK authorities, key questions were raised, and clarification received. The scenarios have been confirmed by BEIS and are understood to be correct based on guidance by the European Commission.

Below are the scenarios for second-hand boats that are covered by the EU’s Recreational Craft Directive and the UK’s Recreational Craft Regulations. In cases where recertification would be required, a Post-Construction Assessment (PCA) will have to be completed. This applies from the end of the transition period (TP) on 1 January 2021.

Five scenarios Situation in 2021 Situation in 2022
Scenario 1

– Boat in GB at end of TP
– CE-marked
– Sold in GB
– Remains in GB

 

Does not need to be recertified

 

 

Does not need to be recertified

 

Scenario 2

– Boat in GB at end of TP
– CE-marked
– Imported to EU27

 

Needs to be recertified

 

Needs to be recertified

Scenario 3

– Boat in EU27 at end of TP
– CE-marked
– Sold in EU27
– Remains in EU27

 

Does not need to be recertified

 

 

Does not need to be recertified

 

Scenario 4

– Boat in EU27 at end of TP
– CE-marked
– Imported to GB

 

Does not need to be recertified

 

Does not need to be recertified
Scenario 5

In GB sold to EU end user, but:

– First sale in EU-27 (not GB market), (CE-marked, bought by EU citizen, registered, and used in EU)
– Second sale to GB before 1

January 2021
– Subsequent sale back to EU

Does not need to be recertified (but proof required by national authorities) Does not need to be recertified (but proof required by national authorities)

Further clarifications are being sought from BEIS and the European Commission related to trade with Northern Ireland.

 

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