Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The marine industry requires government to develop non-legislative proposal for recreational boating, highlighted at the Development Commission of the Congress of Deputies

The main organizations that bring together strategic subsectors that make up the industrial sector of recreational boating, led by the National Association of Marine (ANEN), do not let their guard down and claim the Spanish government, as a first step to develop the proposal Law not for recreational boating, adopted at the Development Commission of the Congress of Deputies, a year ago. A breakthrough, with the votes for the PP, PSOE and CIU, was the recognition of a productive industrial sector itself and able to promote nautical tourism.
The ceremony took place today at the headquarters of the CEOE, where the National Association of Marine (ANEN), Mediterranean Yacht Broker Association (MYBA), the Spanish Association of Major Yates (AEGY) and the Association of Nautical Baleares ( AENB), presented a report which analyzes, among other indicators, taxation of recreational boating Spanish, currently at a disadvantage to compete by offering countries like France and Italy. The document includes also a proposal for measures that would provide a direct dynamic effect on this industry, so induced, on other economic sectors, especially tourism.

The voices of the representatives of major industry associations of recreational boating and unite once again to move to the public the benefit that an offer "recreational boating" attractive, both for its quality and its administrative processing, bring to boost tourism, one of the sectors best positioned in the economic fabric of our country, it can take even greater prominence and competitiveness in European markets.

"At present, more than ever, it becomes clear the concatenation between economic subsectors that can benefit from their mutual multiplier effects to boost the economy" , stated the CEO of Anen, Alejandro Landaluce.

Recreational boating has a multiplier effect on employment of 6.71%, so that of the 16,000 direct jobs generated in 2009 this area reaches up to 107,474 indirect, through links with other sectors, especially with the tourism sector.

However, these figures are still far from those with Italy, with a total employment of 669,200 jobs attributed to recreational boating, or France, whose nautical sector generates 343,368 jobs, between direct and induced.

It's time to value the excellent geographical and climatic conditions which Spain offers to enjoy the sea.

The boating industry representatives insist on the need to support a strategic resource with favorable administrative conditions have the potential to create jobs, attract foreign consumer boating market, and prevent domestic sailors who are going to practice their passion outside of Spain.

It is necessary to revise a registration tax that does not exist in any other EU country

The evaluative analysis that since the National Association of Marine has been made ​​and have been put on the table of the competent authorities responsible for the show that: "what the state was admitted with the car tax would be overcome by adapting to entries by the EU, which would approach the treatment that recreational boating has in countries like Italy and France " , says CEO of ANEN.

This is a tax that exists in no other country in the European Union and imposed "the first definitive registration of pleasure boats or water sports, new and used, with more than eight meters high and are intended to particular use, with 12% (except in the Canary Islands, 11%, Ceuta and Melilla, which is exempt from tax because it is a tribute given to the Autonomous Communities). "

For recreational craft, registered solely for uset of rental activities, the tax applies to vessels of more than 15 meters.

Moreover, unlike VAT, registration tax is not deductible.

Again, if we compare the tax (30%) applied in Spain (adding VAT and registration tax) for the purchase of a pleasure boat over 8 meters long, with Italy and France (between 19.6% and 20%), we will understand why our marine industry less competitive in international markets, and productivity for the Spanish economy.

In addition, Spain has no tax benefits that favor the recreational boating in France or Italy, for example the reduction of VAT, arising from the acquisition by lease, among other advantages.

Proposed solutions for the marine industry to the Administration in the fiscal

1 º. Adjust the application of the Special Tax on Certain Means of Transport (RT) to those vessels that are required for registration in the administrative record for extending the length of 8 to 12 meters for vessels to which the tax applies .

2 °. Adapt the Special Tax on Certain Means of Transport to the requirements given by the European Union, in the sense of exempting the payment of tax on vessels engaged in the rental activity, whatever its length.

3 º Develop a Global National Plan of Nautical Tourism.

With the adoption of these measures in addition to strengthening the strategic position of our country as a tourist destination for boating, our industry would be allowed to regain their figures largely business and jobs lost in recent years, as would justify a lower tax burden and reinforce the presence of more companies engaged in water sports.

Attachment : Executive Summary-Report Economic Impact of Recreational Boating in Spain (2012).

* ANEN Press Release of April 17, 2012.

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