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QAfter reading the news article in the Summer issue of YM, I am left confused. In the last 18 months or so there have been many rumours around the new taxes in Greek waters and how much these would cost. As I understand it, up to 12-metre yachts would have to pay around £300, while yachts over 12 metres would have to pay up to £1,200. Now the reports are saying instead that it's a new form to replace the old DEPKA paperwork.
Can someone please explain exactly how much it is going to cost to cruise around Greece as I'm planning to sail around the Mediterranean next year.
AChris Robb, Cruising Association representative in Greece, replies:
The new DEKPA is the replacement for the old one, and is nothing to do with the circulation tax. A new DEKPA form will cost you €50 a year. The circulation tax has not yet been implemented. You are right that at the current stated rates, below 12 metres will be £300 and one inch longer will cost significantly more, a situation we find ridiculous.
The question is whether the tax will be implemented or not. We have not heard a thing yet, but we are talking to the Greek maritime authorities and will make the outcome known as soon as we hear anything.
You need a DEPKA form but the new circulation tax not yet clear