…when staying longer at the same place, for example when you left Wind Horse in UK during winter 2009? As far as I’m informed, VAT(possibly plus customs fees & extra taxes) is charged if you stay > 3 months in the EC. How do other countries deal with this? If you want to talk about it: was VAT actually paid for your ships, or is it possible to circumnavigate the whole problem?
In the UK there is a very specific procedure to be followed, which the good folks at Berthons handled for us. They notify customs that the vessel is in their custody.However, there is also a specific time limit – the exact time frame of which I do not recall – after which the boat must be out of the EU or VAT will be charged. I think it might be 18 months for non-EU residents. But this should be checked.