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Will you pay $28.000/month tax for cruising Italy?
Posted: Friday, February 3, 2012 9:20 AM
Joined: 14/10/2008
Posts: 33

The prices for the new Italian cruising tax are out, follow this link to see whether you are the lucky one who have to support the Italian Taxman to the tune of almost 30.000 USD/month! Ahh well, if you are on an older boat, there is a discount, and if you are doing work ashore or in drydock, there is an exemption. If you are lucky enough to work on a sailing yacht, you only pay half. Will be interesting to see how this plays out. Happy Sailing, all! Soren
Posted: Friday, February 3, 2012 10:30 AM
Joined: 14/01/2009
Posts: 1026

Hard to say. Italy needs money. Dockage for larger yachts in the Med is scarce. Italy has many high season attractions. 3000 euro per month for a 30 meter stinky sounds reasonable. 30 meter stinkers regularly pay 1000 euros per night high season dockage and happily burn 3000 euros worth of fuel per day. I would expect that the agents are furious since its difficult for them to get a piece of the action on dockage tax charges. Shipyards hardtop berths are exempt so many stinkies may choose to dry sail high season charters, benefiting shipyard owners , travel lift operators, blocking, powerwashers and antifoul gangs....... Nothing wrong with beaching gin palaces , it opens up the waterfront and keeps it clean and oil free for sailors to enjoy. We shall see.
Rusty Wrench
Posted: Friday, February 3, 2012 11:25 AM
Joined: 21/09/2010
Posts: 207

Interesting theory junior.

If all the 'stinkie gin palaces' are beached or placed on hard standing as you suggest, the Italians will proceed to tax every last rusty penny and soggy dollar from the tight-fisted,  

Posted: Friday, February 3, 2012 11:48 AM
Joined: 14/01/2009
Posts: 1026

Perhaps. Italians are in a corner. They need money. I dont think the fee would change my owners Italian Itinerary at all. He would just pay the fee then enjoy Italy. How it effects Italian yacht owners is another question. Im not familiar with typical Italian per square meter hard standing fees, but Hard Yachting sounds logical. I can think of many disused fish factories and commercial waterfront lots in Italy that are vacant... only tumbleweed and seagulls. Italians are crafty and this tax represents a good opportunity for entrepreneurs. Simply look at the VAST hard standing available in OLBIA. Or as a crafty captain you could simply plug a old mast into your stinky and gain a 50 percent advantage for Big Daddy. Could represent a pay raise.
Rusty Wrench
Posted: Friday, February 3, 2012 8:58 PM
Joined: 21/09/2010
Posts: 207

Ahem! as I was trying to say.. from the tight-fisted, small minded, underfunded, overrated, unwashed,long-haired, unshaven and misinformed sail boat brigade.
Captain Andy
Posted: Sunday, February 5, 2012 7:48 PM
Joined: 17/09/2008
Posts: 93

Everything is relative .... especially when you have spent over 150 million USD on your yacht! If the Owner enjoys Italy and thinks he is getting value for money then why not!!!
Posted: Monday, February 6, 2012 9:45 AM
Joined: 14/01/2009
Posts: 1026

Just got off the phone with an IBNA operative in Croatia. Agents are scrambling to secure berths. Perhaps Croatian port authorities will seize this opportunity , pump up the volume on port fees for big stink , and harvest this precious gold . Keep this in mind if you plan any Adriatic work this year.
Posted: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 3:07 PM
Joined: 02/05/2008
Posts: 392

According to BWA Yachting, on February 29, 2012, an amendment was passed that modifies the recent Italian “Berthing Tax” law that caused concern amongst captains and crew who charter in the area. It is understood that only Italian-flagged vessels will be required to pay this tax and therefore all non-Italian-flagged vessels will be exempt. Further, the tax will be paid on a yearly basis and will no longer include an option for daily application. While this is still unofficial news, BWA Yachting believes that the final approval vote on this matter will take place either February 29 or in the morning on March 1, 2012. Watch this space for more details.

Posted: Friday, March 2, 2012 4:21 PM
Joined: 01/05/2008
Posts: 65


It’s good news for the Med season — the Grillo and Cutrufo amendment to the Italian berth tax legislation was approved. According to a press release issued by Federagenti, the amendment stipulates that the berthing tax will only be applied to Italian citizens who own a vessel (regardless of where it is kept) — even if it has a foreign flag. Foreign citizens who own a vessel are exempt from this tax, regardless of their length of stay in Italian waters.

The International Superyacht Society issued another press release with the breakdown of the amendment’s applications:

Italian owners will now be required to pay an annual fee according to the vessel's LOA and no longer on a daily basis while in Italian waters. The specific daily cost of this tax will now be calculated by dividing the annual tax rate (based on the vessel’s LOA) by 365 which will then be multiplied by the number of days which the vessel remains in Italian waters.

Any yacht, regardless of the flag, that hosts Italian guests on board will be required to pay the tax (unless they can confirm that they are guests of the vessel's owner and can provide proof that the foreign owner is on board during the cruise).

Posted: Saturday, March 3, 2012 11:32 AM
italy tax is nothing,chek the price of berth in themse for olympic games in uk
Posted: Saturday, March 3, 2012 1:59 PM
Joined: 30/11/2011
Posts: 1

It's finally OFFICIAL ! The italian tax has been CANCELLED for all non italian flags!!! We are all very happy, our marina ( Marina Genoa Airport) is full of non italan yachts and we could not stay without .... IT'S OFFICIAL!!! THERE IS NO TAX FOR YACHTS IN ITALY, just enjoy ITALY! We are all very HAPPY!!!