Dear TYHA member,
As a follow up to my recent email (repeated below) regarding retaining and providing confirmation of the location of boats on 31st December at 11pm UTC.
Feedback that we have received suggests that many members intend to provide this confirmation retrospectively on request whilst a smaller number of marinas intend to proactively provide emailed confirmation to all berth holders early in the new year.
We are also aware of marinas that aim to provide photographic evidence; for those it is worth noting that there is an App called ‘Timestamp Camera’ which may help you do this. By taking a picture through the App it prints a watermark on the picture showing the date, time and location. Please note that although it gets good ratings we haven’t tested the App.
Recreational Boats in Marinas on 31st December 2020
15th December 2020
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:
RYA and British Marine request further guidance on Returned Goods Relief
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