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Information about releasing the vessel for free circulation

Reminder for the necessity to regulate the status of your vessel

By joining the European Union on July 1st, 2013 the Republic of Croatia became a part of European Customs Union, which means that after this date EU residents can no longer have their vessels under temporary import procedure in Croatia. Vessels that have been placed under temporary import procedure in Croatia by EU residents before July 1st,  2013, regardless of the flag a vessel flies, may remain under the temporary import procedure till the temporary import procedure (determined by the authorized customs office) is valid. When the period of the temporary import procedure expires, the EU residents have to discharge the procedure pursuant to the EU legislation choosing one of the following three ways: 

 1.     Releasing the vessel for free circulation or
 2.     Re-exporting the vessel into a third country (outside the EU) or
 3.     Transporting it (under T1 transit procedure) to another Member State.

 In order to release your vessel for free circulation in Croatia, you have to place a customs declaration to the authorized customs office which will calculate and charge the import duty and value added tax (VAT), except in the cases listed below:

 1.     Import duty shall not be charged if:
         A.     The owner of the vessel presents a document proving Community status of the vessel (proved by presenting the T2L document) or
         B.    Presenting a document proving preferential origin of goods (EUR1 document, issued on June 30th, 2013 at the latest)
 2.     VAT shall not be charged in the following cases:
         A.     If the owner of the vessel provides proof that VAT has already been calculated and charged in one of the Member States or
         B.     If the date of the first registration of the vessel was more than 8 years before the accession of the Republic of Croatia to the EU or
         C.    If the VAT amount to be charged is less than 160,00 HRK (approx. 22 EUR).

Every vessel entering the EU customs territory may be subject to customs control either by a Croatian customs or any other Member State's customs authority. Therefore, we would like to mention, that EU residents should always have on board some kind of proof that the customs and/or VAT have been paid in one of the Member States or rather has the Commodity goods status. The ownership and flag of the vessel are not evidence that a vessel has Commodity goods status. The following documents prove that a vessel is a Commodity good:
 1.     Document T2L or
 2.     Original invoice or
 3.     Certificate from a customs office or another respective document as a proof of VAT payment.

More information about the procedures of registering the status of a vessel can be found on the web pages of the Customs office of the Ministry of Finance in Croatian and English language.

We would like to thank you for choosing the Croatian marinas for mooring your vessels.


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