Alternative yachting center on Mediterranean sailing map

Montenegro/September 2013

Increased tax liabilities related to yachts in many countries in Mediterranean region, because of the strong effects of financial turmoil, has meant many yachts owners are looking for alternative jurisdictions to register their yachts.

Montenegro is situated in South East Europe and is positioned in a strategic location for the maritime world, having access to major maritime centres throughout the Mediterranean.  Its shipping sector is constantly developing, offering wider opportunities to investors.

The registrations of yachts in Montenegro is increasing, and the advantages of displaying the Montenegrin flag are more and more revealed to the global arena.

In the line with existing legislation, Montenegro provides for a series of favorable conditions and relief for the owners of Montenegrin registered yachts, which makes the country competitive to the world’s favorite yacht registration jurisdictions.

The constant developments in the legislation of Montenegro to this direction aim to attract nautical tourism in the country, in anticipation to its establishment as the biggest marina for mega-yachts and an elite nautical center in the Mediterranean.

Adriatic marinas assumed as a nautical-tourism resort, will have favorable advantages in order to become one of the prestige yachting center on Mediterranean sailing map. Furthermore, new marina offers other benefits including tax free fuelling 50% to 70% less than in Italy and France, 75% discount of leasing the berths for the first three years for buyers who purchase property within Porto Montenegro project.

A law on yachts that entered into force on January 1 2008 introduced a number of exemptions for owners of yachts who are using Montenegrin flag, effectively equalising with the flag of convenience as, for example, the flags  of Panama, or Cayman Islands which are used by most worlds mega-yachts.

The main and largest propitiatory of Montenegro Registry is that foreign yacht can be register in very convenient and easy procedure(eight documents required ), law tariffs for registration and renewal of certificate is for  i.e. €800 for boats of lengths 17 to 24 meters and €1200 for yachts larger than 24 meters, even to get certificate for one day.

Tax on the use of yachts needs to be paid on the registration of navigation of yachts and by extension of each regular navigational permit that is made in accordance with the regulations governing by the register of yachts. Taxation is imposed on a legal and natural person on whose name the yacht or facility is enrolled in official register.

Tax on the use of yachts is paid on the length of the yachts expressed in meters. Law recognized possibility of reducing the tax by 5% for each year of age old yachts, provided that the total deduction can not be 50% of the prescribed amount of tax.

Turnover tax is paid at the rate of 5% for used yachts and tax payer will be the buyer of that yachts.

There is no tonnage tax at the Montenegro level.

Yachts are possible to rent by the charter companies which can be owned by the foreign legal entities. Activity of chartering the yachts can be performed by the company or body registered in the Montenegro for that activity. A leaser can charter yachts or yacht of its own property or a yacht by other domestic or foreign company or natural person. Also, leaser can charter yachts flying the domestic or foreign flag. Annual fees for chartering a foreign yacht flying a foreign flag shall be paid in the amount of € 3,500.00 for yacht about 17 meters long.

In the line with this, if leaser is a foreign natural person he needs to pay VAT in 19% rate plus 7% tax provided on that service, but if leaser is a foreign company no VAT will be imposed.

All profit on leasing the yachts of foreign charter companies registered in Montenegro will be tax only 9% corporate tax which represents a big simulation for yachting community.

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