Re: Covid, Spanish VAT and the18 month temporary importation rule
When we were wintering in Greece, this is the same information we were told. The time that the cruising permit is surrendered to customs, is not counted towards the 18 month time limit.
However, opinions and responses vary drastically in the EU, depending on the country and the official you are talking to. We did take this issue seriously, but in our 6 years of cruising the Med, we have never been faced with an inquiry from any official regarding the amount of time Kokomo has been in EU waters.
Mohammad and Aty
AMEL 54 #099
From: main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io <main@AmelYachtOwners.groups.io> On Behalf Of James Alton via groups.io
Sent: Monday, August 03, 2020 7:20 AM
Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Covid, Spanish VAT and the18 month temporary importation rule
Depending on when Greece reopens to US travellers, I am potentially in a very similar situation with regard to the VAT and the 18 month limit. My boat is located in Preveza, Greece and I have been using an agent there named Sofia to handle the paperwork. I inquired with her on this issue and received the response posted below:
As long as the transit log deposit to the the customs office the clock is stopped
So the sueno can stay without VAT mire time than 18 months.
(Sofia placed the transit log for Sueño with the customs office last October)
Despite this positive response I am still concerned about going over the 18 month limit. Do you feel that this information is adequate or should I follow up and try to verify this information? If you recommend that I verify then would you know who I should contact?