Regulations and Technical Services Group

Update – UK and EU Tariffs on US Cruising Yachts

The EU has lifted the 25% customs tariff on the import of US-origin yachts and boats into the EU with effect from 1 January 2022. Unfortunately, at the moment the UK continues to impose the 25% customs tariff on the import of US-origin yachts and boats into the UK.

UK VAT on Yachts – Changes to Returned Goods Relief have become UK Law

The CA announced in mid-December that the UK Government would make a positive change to the application of Returned Goods Relief (RGR) for recreational craft resulting in many boat owners no longer becoming liable to pay VAT on the return of their boats to the UK.

Cruising Association hosts Brexit Webinar

The Cruising Association hosted a Brexit Webinar for members on Saturday 22 January 2022, which is now published for public viewing amongst the wider cruising community.

The Brexit Webinar was a follow-up to the first CA webinar held in December 2020, and addressed the key issues which continue to impact sail and motor cruisers as a consequence of the UK leaving the EU.

RATS Webinar - Tune in for the latest Brexit updates

The CA’s Regulations and Technical Services group (RATS) continues to be at the forefront of lobbying on behalf of the cruising community to mitigate the impact of the UK leaving the EU.

For over three years, RATS has worked hard to identify, campaign and propose solutions to national and international government and legislative bodies on issues affecting cruisers due to Brexit.

Brexit Issues for Cruisers: Updated

Date: 
Sat, 22/01/2022 - 10:00

This webinar, a follow-up to the very successful one broadcast in December 2020, will look at the impact of issues we knew about when the UK left the EU, and further issues which have come to light in the past year.

Topics include:

CA update on UK Government VAT rules for UK boat owners

Following a meeting with HM Treasury (HMT) and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the Cruising Association (CA) is pleased to confirm that the UK Government will make a positive change to the application of Returned Goods Relief (RGR) for recreational craft. As a result, many boat owners will no longer have to pay VAT on the return of their boats to the UK.

The proposed change has considerable benefits for the UK based cruising community:

The Cruising Association provides Guidance on new Ofcom VHF Radio Licence Compliance

Boat owners in the United Kingdom holding a VHF radio licence must ensure compliance with the new licence conditions introduced by Ofcom.

The new licence conditions have been introduced by Ofcom due to concerns about the risk of exposure to electromagnetic field (EMF) emissions which are transmitted by all radio equipment. This change in licence conditions affects boat owners using radio, radar and other emergency alerting equipment on UK vessels.

CA Guidance on changes to use of Marine Diesel in Northern Ireland

With effect from 1 October 2021, the UK Government has confirmed it will become illegal in Northern Ireland to refuel private pleasure craft with red (marine) diesel in any tank used for engine propulsion.

The Cruising Association, through our Regulations and Technical Services group (RATS), has been keeping abreast of the situation in order to advise yacht and motor cruisers on the new protocols and steps to take to ensure compliance.

Use of Marine Diesel in EU and Northern Ireland

What colour should your diesel be?

Following the UK's departure from the EU RATS has issued a new advice note (2 June 2021) to members who may be visiting the EU27 and other countries.

In Northern Ireland, since October 2021 it is no longer legal to purchase red diesel for propulsion of private pleasure craft. Red diesel is still sold for private pleasure craft in the rest of the UK, however.