After Croatia's accession to the EU and the subsequent taxation of many ships for most of the owners in 2014, the authorities are now getting serious: For a few weeks, customs investigators from Marinzu Marin have been moving and decommissioning all boats for which no customs clearance Status officially available. The owners will then find an official sticker on their ships that forbids them to even enter their own boat. The YACHT is familiar with a number of cases from Murter, Porec and Novigrad; the sea breakdown service SeHelp reports on its website about the same events on the island of Krk.
A letter in German and Croatian is then sent to the owners in Germany by post through a cooperation with the German customs, in which they are asked to add additional tax to their ship or to object to the decision. The current value of the ship is determined in the letter from customs, 25 percent tax is payable on it and an additional 1.7 percent customs fee. The explosive thing is that only a period of five days is given. In Germany, 30 days are the rule for such cases.
This approach is now mainly surprising owners who own older ships that had been in the area for eight years when they joined the EU. These boats are exempt from subsequent taxation. That is why the owners have often not taken care of the subsequent taxation. But the Croatian authorities take the position that the owners still have to make a complete customs declaration in Croatia. Even internationally valid EU papers, the so-called T2L document, which can be issued by German customs, are not enough for Croatians.
For Karl-Heinz Resistent, author of the Revier standard work "888 ports and bays", this is clearly not in conformity with the EU: "There are owners who have checked out of their customs office in Germany after they have shown in writing that their boat is taxed is concerned about the European document that was introduced by the EU as a tax statement. That should be enough for the Croatian authorities, other states accept it yes!"
The German advises the owners to object to the decision immediately if their ship is older than eight years and has already been taxed. "The objection can also be written in German and must be sent to the Croatian main customs office from which the letter originally came. If the five-day deadline is exceeded, I would still try. There are various circumstances that allow an extension of the deadline."
If you do not want to deal directly with the officials yourself, you can also call in agents who take over the administrative procedures, but also get paid accordingly. Providers take between 200 and 800 euros for the tax formalities. Misko Milosavljevic from Yacht-Pool Croatia explains why these services are expensive: "Customs require a whole range of papers, in addition to register entries and marina contracts, photos of the ship, engine numbers and copies of marina contracts." Preparing the papers and going to the authorities would take time. According to the experience of the experts, in the event of subsequent taxation, customs apply the value of the yacht using a Schwacke list.