Returned goods relief grace period post Brexit extended by six months

Returned goods relief grace period post Brexit extended by six months
Returned goods relief grace period post Brexit extended by six months

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced a 6-month extension to the 1-year grace period previously put in place by the government for returned goods relief. The announcement follows representations from the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and British Marine asking for a 3-year transition period. The organisations say the 1-year period of grace effective from 1 January 2021, in respect of the three-year condition for RGR, was not sufficient as many factors affect the repatriation of vessels, including travel restrictions, the Schengen area immigration restrictions, insurance restrictions and the length of sailing season.

The new announcement extends the grace period for RGR until 30 June 2022 for all goods including recreational craft, regardless of when Continue reading “Returned goods relief grace period post Brexit extended by six months”

Cruising Association: New survey suggests four out of five are set to quit long-term cruising in EU waters

Cruising Association new report. Image credit: Gordon Knight/EIWS/CA
Cruising Association new report. Image credit: Gordon Knight/EIWS/CA

A survey carried out amongst Cruising Association (CA) members who keep their boats on the rivers and canals of Schengen countries has revealed that 80% of British owners are likely to sell their boats and give up cruising altogether, or move their base to a non-Schengen country.

Overall figures for coastal cruising boat owners are expected to be broadly similar although with more sailing out of Schengen waters to other cruising grounds.

The failure of the UK government to negotiate a fair deal with the EU means that UK citizens can now only visit Schengen countries for 90 Continue reading “Cruising Association: New survey suggests four out of five are set to quit long-term cruising in EU waters”

Two prominent British membership organisations join the campaign to challenge HMRC’s post-Brexit plans

Two prominent British membership organisations join the campaign to challenge HMRC’s post-Brexit plans
Two prominent British membership organisations join the campaign to challenge HMRC’s post-Brexit plans

The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and British Marine (BM) are adding their voices to the campaign to challenge HMRC’s post-Brexit plans for private leisure craft and the implications thereof.

The marine industry bodies say that they’ve been working for some time to establish what the future holds for recreational boaters now that the transition period has ended and to clarify what measures the Government intends to put in place for VAT, import duty, Returned Good Relief (RGR) and Temporary Admission (TA).

With a view to address the issues of concern and develop workable guidance, the RYA and BM have endeavoured to engage with various HMRC policy teams to provide sector knowledge and experience. Continue reading “Two prominent British membership organisations join the campaign to challenge HMRC’s post-Brexit plans”

Singapore cracks down after marine surveyor is infected with COVID-19

Singapore’s Ministry of Health is tightening its COVID-19 control measures for its maritime workforce after a marine surveyor working for a leading class society and a harbor pilot tested positive for the disease.

The surveyor, who works for a prominent class society and was employed inspecting vessels at the Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard, tested positive on December 30. Two of his family members also tested positive on New Years’ Eve. The harbor pilot, a 55-year-old Singaporean national, tested positive on December 31, along with two of his relatives. Continue reading “Singapore cracks down after marine surveyor is infected with COVID-19”

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