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Yacht/Boat Registration in the Netherlands

Updated on Wednesday 06th December 2017

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Yacht-Boat-registration-in-the-NetherlandsHome to two of the largest ports in Europe, the Netherlands is a preferred destination for investors interested in starting trading or shipping companies here. One of the most important part of setting up a shipping business implies acquiring and registering a boat in the Netherlands. However, Amsterdam and Rotterdam are also two of the most important touristic attractions in the country and yacht registration is also quite common.

Below, our company formation agents in the Netherlands explain how the boat/yacht registration process can be completed.

Types of vessel/yacht registration procedures in the Netherlands

Foreign investors or citizens interested in buying a boats or yachts for commercial, respectively leisure purposes can follow one of the two registration procedures with the Dutch Transport Authority:

  • -          the light registration process which is available for those interested in sailing the national and EU waters;
  • -          the global registration procedure which offers access to sailing in international waters.

No matter the process chosen, EU and non-EU citizens or companies are allowed to register their vessels in the Netherlands. We also want to remind you that we can help you open a company in the Netherlands.

Documents related to registering a boat/yacht in the Netherlands

Among the documents required when registering a boat in the Netherlands are:

  • -          copy after the owner’s passport or ID, in the case of natural persons;
  • -          copy of the incorporation documents, in the case of Dutch companies or businesses registered in other countries;
  • -          copy of the bill of sale or insurance policy of the boat or yacht to be registered.

After the boat or yacht is registered, it will need to obtain a sailing license.

Why register a boat or yacht in the Netherlands?

There are various reasons why companies and individuals register their boats in the Netherlands. Among these are:

  • -          the fast registration process which implies less to no bureaucracy;
  • -          the lack of an annual yacht or boat tax;
  • -          there is no inspection of the boat or yacht;
  • -          the low costs related to the registration process.

For full information on the requirements and list of documents related to registering a boat or yacht in this country, please contact our Dutch company formation consultants.



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