Recreational Boats in Marinas on 31st December 2020

Dear TYHA member,

When the Brexit transition period ends (11pm UTC on 31 December 2020) Great Britain will no longer be part of the Customs Territory of the EU. 

Recreational boats lying in GB at the time the transition period ends will cease to be in free circulation in the Customs Territory of the EU. They will no longer have Union status and will be treated by the UK as ‘domestic goods’.  

In order to evidence this status of ‘domestic goods’ in the future the owner will need to continue to retain evidence of the boat’s VAT paid status and must also obtain and keep evidence to demonstrate the boat’s location at the end of the transition period (11pm UTC on 31 December 2020). 

As marina operators you may be asked by your berth holders to provide them with evidence that their boat was located in your marina at this time. Many of you will be able to evidence this through your marina management software system and therefore provide the confirmation that your customers may require in the future. If you are unable to do this then you may wish to find another way to document the boats in your marina at 11pm UTC on 31st December 2020.

More detailed information on this and other Brexit related topics are available on the British Marine and RYA Websites:


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