Dorijan Dujmic, managing partner of BWA Yachting, Croatia, recently attended a meeting at the Ministry in Zagreb regarding VAT on charter in Croatia and other related issues and has kindly shared his insight with SB.
The main topics are the following:
1. VAT on charter in Croatia is set at 13% for charters starting in Croatia.
2. Charter in Croatia can be performed by Croatian flagged yachts and EU flagged yachts.
3. Third country flagged yachts (non-EU with registered length over 40m) can ONLY perform charter if they obtain a charter license. (Again, this applies only for yachts over 40m registered length.)
The cost of such license will not be high and, according to current information available, will be approximately 300-400 Euro. The process of issuance of the license will be lengthy, and most likely will take up to three months. (For example, if you apply today it will take three months to have the license issued).
It is recommended to all yachts which are third country flagged, over 40m registered length, commercially registered and intending to embark in Croatia to start immediately the process of applying for the charter license. The license will be valid for one year. The process will not only be lengthy to obtain, but the number of licenses that will be granted for next season will also be limited.
Also worth noting is that commercially registered yachts under 40m registered length will not be allowed to embark guests in Croatia under any circumstance. They will only have the possibility to disembark guests within Croatia (for example embark in Montenegro and disembark in Croatia). This applies for yachts under 40m that are non-Croatian and non EU flagged (3rd country flagged yachts).
In other news, all commercial yachts engaged in charter activity must have a certification of technical inspection done in the last 12 months; in the case that you do not have this, an inspection will be performed in Croatia by the CRS (Croatian Register of Shipping).
All yachts intending to perform charter in Croatia must appoint a fiscal representative and obtain a Croatian VAT number to the name of the yacht owning company.