Frequently Asked Questions

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General

  • What is a "CE-certificate"?
    • This is your document by which IMCI confirms compliance with the Recreational Craft Directive based on one of the used modules.

  • What is a "Category"?
    • There are four Categories: A, B, C and D. They classify both maximum wind speed and maximum significant wave height for which a product is designed.

  • What is a "Module"?
    • Conformity assessment is subdivided into modules, which comprise a limited number of different procedures applicable to the widest range of products. The modules relate to the design phase of products, their production phase or both. The eight basic modules and their eight possible variants can be combined with each other in a variety of ways in order to establish complete conformity assessment procedures. As a general rule, a product is subject to conformity assessment according to a module during the design as well as the production phase. Each New Approach directive describes the range and contents of possible conformity assessment procedures, which are considered to give the necessary level of protection. The directives also set out the criteria governing the conditions under which the manufacturer can make a choice, if more than one option is provided for.

  • Why do I need a CE-certification for my boat or PWC?
    • Products being specified by the RCD need CE certification. The RCD is transposed into national law in all EU Member States. So it is law, that you certify the craft.„ …“

  • How do I apply for a CE-certificate for boats or components?
  • What is a "Certificate Update"?
    • IMCI is asking for updates annually because our accreditation is based on EN 45011 which requires it. IMCI does not have time limited certificates. They are in principle valid forever. The certificates are only related to model years. RCD requires also, that you will keep IMCI posted on all changes.

  • What is a "Certificate Change"?
    • A change of the certificate will be made when the scope of the certificate has changed. We will issue changed certificates on your request. IMCI may ask for a new assessment.

  • What is a "Certificate of Conformity"?
    • It is the title of the CE-certificate which is issued in Module F or G.

  • What is a "Model Year"?
    • According to EN ISO 10087:2006 is the model year is a twelve-month period during which the craft is intended to be placed for the first time on the market and shall be identified by the last two numerals of the year in question. If this twelve-month period extends across two calendar years, the manufacturer decides which of these the model year is.

  • How long lasts a "Model Year"?
    • 12 months.

  • What means "RCD"?
    • This is the abbreviation which is common for the "Recreational Craft Directive".

  • What means "PWC"?
    • This is the abbreviation which is common for "Personal Watercraft".

  • What is an "Examination Report"?
    • It is the title of the CE-certificate which is issued in Module A1.

  • What is an "EC Type - Examination Certificate"?
    • It is the title of the CE-certificate which is issued in Module B.

  • What is the difference between a Declaration of Conformity (DOC) and a Certificate?
    • A DOC comes with every single delivered product. A Certificate is issued once only for either the type of the product or for a special, single product. The Certificate is issued by IMCI. The DOC is issued by the manufacturer.

  • How and where do I get a Declaration of Conformity (DOC)?
    • The DOC is always issued by the manufacturer. Please contact him. If he is an IMCI client you will find his coordinates in the IMCI database. IMCI does not issue DOCs.

  • What is a Partly Completed Boat?
    • A partly completed boat is a boat consisting of a hull or a hull and one or more components. …. Boat kits consisting of panels and parts to make the boat and its hull, typically of wood or metal, are also to be considered as partly completed boats. The “partly completed boat” does not fulfil all the essential safety requirements of the Directive related to the design and the construction of the craft and is either destined to be completed, i.e. completely fulfil the essential requirements, by another party who will be regarded as the manufacturer, or placed on the market as such.

  • What is the identification number of IMCI as a Notified Body and where is the number visible?
    • The identification number is “0609” [zero-six-zero-nine). This number is visible on all IMCI certificates issued in module A1, B+x, G, F and PCA. The manufacturer of a product is obliged to put the identification number on the CE plate in case that the notified body has been involved in the production control or post-construction assessment (PCA); reference see RCD, Article 15, clause 2 and 3. The manufacturer may put the identification number on the CE plate on products being assessed in other modules if the identification number is separated by a line from the other information; reference see ISO 14945.

  • What does the CE marking on a product indicate?
    • By affixing the CE marking to a product, the manufacturer declares on his sole responsibility that the product is in conformity with the essential requirements of the applicable Union harmonisation legislation providing for its affixing and that the relevant conformity assessment procedures have been fulfilled. Products bearing the CE marking are presumed to be in compliance with the applicable Union harmonisation legislation and hence benefit from free circulation in the European Market.

  • Is a product affixed with the CE marking always produced in the EU?
    • No. The CE marking only signals that all essential requirements have been fulfilled when the product was manufactured. The CE marking is not a mark of origin, as it does not indicate that the product was manufactured in the European Union. Consequently, a product affixed with the CE marking may have been produced anywhere in the world.

  • Are all CE marked products tested and approved by authorities?
    • No. In fact, the assessment of the conformity of the products with the legislative requirements applying to them is the sole responsibility of the manufacturer. The manufacturer affixes the CE marking and drafts the EU Declaration of Conformity. Only products which are regarded as presenting a high risk to the public interest, e.g. pressure vessels, lifts and certain machine tools, require conformity assessment by a third party, i.e. a notified body.

  • Can I, as a manufacturer, affix my products with the CE marking myself?
    • Yes, the CE marking is always affixed by the manufacturer himself or his authorised representative after the necessary conformity assessment procedure has been performed. This means that, before being affixed with the CE marking and being placed on the market, the product must be subject to the conformity assessment procedure provided for in one or more of the applicable Union harmonisation acts. The latter establish whether the conformity assessment may be performed by the manufacturer him- self or if the intervention of a third party (the notified body) is required.

  • Where should the CE marking be affixed?
    • The marking shall be affixed either to the product or to the product’s data plate. When that is not possible due to the nature of the product, the CE marking shall be affixed to the packaging and/or to any accompanying documents.

  • What is a manufacturer’s Declaration of Conformity?
    • The EU Declaration of Conformity (EU DoC) is a document in which the manufacturer, or his authorised representative within the European Economic Area (EEA), indicates that the product meets all the necessary requirements of the Union harmonisation legislation applicable to the specific product. The EU DoC shall also contain the name and address of the manufacturer along with information about the product, such as the brand and serial number. The EU DoC must be signed by an individual working for the manufacturer or his authorised representative, and the employee’s function shall also be indicated. Whether a Notified Body has been involved or not, the manufacturer must draw up and sign the EE Declaration of Conformity.

  • Is CE marking mandatory, and if so; for what products?
    • Yes, CE marking is mandatory. However, only the products that are covered by the scope of one or more of the Union harmonisation acts providing for CE marking shall be affixed with it in order to be placed on the Union market. Examples of products that fall under Union harmonisation acts providing for CE marking are toys, electrical products, machinery, personal protective equipment and lifts. Products that are not covered by CE marking legislation shall not bear the CE marking. Information the products that are CE marked and the Union harmonisation legislation providing for CE Marking you can find here

  • What is the difference between the CE marking and other markings, and can other markings be affixed on the product if there is a CE marking?
    • The CE marking is the only marking that indicates conformity to all the essential requirements of the Union harmonisation legislation that provide for its affixing. A product may bear additional markings provided that they do not have the same meaning as the CE marking, that they are not liable to cause confusion with the CE marking and that they do not impair the legibility and visibility of the CE marking. In this respect, other markings may be used only if they contribute to the improvement of consumer protection and are not covered by harmonisation legislation of the European Union.

  • Who supervises the correct use of the CE marking?
    • In order to guarantee the impartiality of market surveillance operations, the supervision of the CE marking is the responsibility of public authorities in the Member States in cooperation with the European Commission.

  • What are the sanctions for counterfeiting the CE marking?
    • The procedures, measures and sanctions that apply to counterfeiting of the CE marking are laid down in Member State’s national administrative and penal law. Depending on the seriousness of the crime, economic operators may be liable to a fine and, in some circumstances, imprisonment. However, if the product is not regarded as an imminent safety risk, the manufacturer may be given a second opportunity to ensure that the product is in conformity with the applicable legislation before being obliged to take the product off the market.

  • What implications may the affixing of the CE marking have for the manufacturer/importer/distributor?
    • While manufacturers are responsible for ensuring product compliance and affixing the CE marking, importers and distributors also play an important role in making sure that only products complying with legislation and bearing the CE marking are placed on the market. Not only does this help to reinforce the EU’s health, safety and environmental protection requirements, it also supports fair competition with all players being held accountable to the same rules. When products are produced in third countries and the manufacturer is not represented in the EEA, importers must make sure that the products placed by them on the market comply with the applicable requirements and do not present a risk to the European public. The importer must verify that the manufacturer outside the EU has undertaken the necessary steps and that the documentation is available upon request. Thus, importers must have an overall knowledge of the respective Union harmonisation acts and are obliged to support national authorities should problems arise. Importers should have a written assurance from the manufacturer that they will have access to the necessary documentation – such as the EU Declaration of Conformity and the technical documentation – and be able to provide it to national authorities, if requested. Importers should also make sure that contact with the manufacturer can always be established. Further along in the supply chain, distributors play an important role in ensuring that only compliant products are on the market and must act with due care to ensure that their handling of the product does not adversely affect its compliance. The distributor must also have a basic knowledge of the legal requirements – including which products must bear the CE marking and the ac- companying documentation – and should be able to identify products that are clearly not in compliance. Distributors must be able to demonstrate to national authorities that they have acted with due care and have affirmation from the manufacturer or the importer that the necessary measures have been taken. Furthermore, a distributor must be able to assist the national authority in its efforts to receive the required documentation. If the importer or distributor markets the products under his own name, he then takes over the manufacturer’s responsibilities. In this case, he must have sufficient information on the design and production of the product, as he will be assuming the legal responsibility when affixing the CE marking.

  • Where can I find more information?
    • Information about • CE marking • products that are CE marked • the Union harmonisation legislation providing for CE Marking and • the steps to follow you can find here Economic operators may contact the Enterprise Europe Network

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Components

  • Why do I need a certification for my component?
    • Products specified by the RCD need certification. The RCD is transposed into national law in all EU Member States. So it is law, that you certify the component if mentioned in Annex II of RCD.

  • Do all components need a CE-certification?
    • CE marking for RCD is only permitted for components listed in Annex II. These are: - Ignition-protected equipment for petrol inboard and stern drive engines - Start-in-gear protection devices for outboard engines - Steering wheels, steering mechanisms and cable assemblies - Fuel tanks intended for fixed installations and fuel hoses - Prefabricated hatches and portlights

  • Do other components need certification?
    • CE marking for RCD is only permitted for components listed in Annex II. Other components have to follow some recognized standard which is typically an ISO standard being mandated by the EU Commission. IMCI confirms compliance with the standard by issuing an ISO certificate.

  • Which requirements are for components?
    • The requirements for components are given through ISO standards. In accordance with IMCI alternative methods may be acceptable.

  • Which requirements are for updates of craft and/or components?
    • We ask you once a year whether you have made changes to your product and which ones. Depending on your answer the certificate will get updated to the next model year.

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    Brexit - The most important facts in brief

    • Will there be tariffs or quotas on goods?
      • There will be no duties or quotas on goods (including recreational boats) that comply with the relevant rules of origin. Since December 31, exporting or importing companies have been required to file customs declarations. In addition, companies may have to provide data on safety and security. There will be no changes to the movement of goods between Northern Ireland and EU member states. © Bundesverband Wassersportwirtschaft e.V. (BVWW) - www.bvww.org

    • What regulations and conformity assessment procedures must be met?
      • Companies producing recreational craft (or other goods) for both the EU and UK markets must comply with both types of standards, regulations and conformity assessment procedures (no equivalence of conformity assessment), with the 180 standards being the common basis. © Bundesverband Wassersportwirtschaft e.V. (BVWW) - www.bvww.org

    • Will a supplier's declaration of conformity be accepted as evidence of compliance with the relevant technical regulations?
      • A supplier's declaration of conformity will be accepted as evidence of compliance with the relevant technical regulations based on a list of regulations to be published by the EU and the UK in the near future.

    • How will the EU and the UK cooperate on market surveillance?
      • The EU and the UK will cooperate on market surveillance (e.g., enforcement, product recalls, and other areas, including the RAPEX alert system).

    • Will there be regulatory cooperation on standards, regulations and technical aspects?
      • There will be a number of regulatory cooperations, including on standards, regulations and technical aspects, to facilitate the movement of goods where possible.

    • Will there be mutual recognition of trusted trader programs?
      • Mutual recognition of trusted trader programs ("Authorized Economic Operators") is intended to provide for facilitation of customs formalities, but customs controls will take place. © Bundesverband Wassersportwirtschaft e.V. (BVWW) - www.bvww.org

    • Will there be support measures for KMU?
      • Special support measures for KMU will be established (e.g. information exchange, special websites and contact points). © Bundesverband Wassersportwirtschaft e.V. (BVWW) - www.bvww.org

    • Will the UK remain part of Horizon Europe?
      • The United Kingdom remains part of Horizon Europe, the EU's research and innovation funding program. © Bundesverband Wassersportwirtschaft e.V. (BVWW) - www.bvww.org

    • When does the Brexit transition period end?
      • The Brexit transition period ended on December 31.

    • What are the important points to consider during the Brexit transition period?
      • The Brexit transition period ended on December 31. After that date, EU legislation will no longer apply in the UK. Although the new relationship between the EU and the UK will depend on the agreement reached, boating stakeholders will be affected in any case and should therefore be informed. Northern Ireland will continue to be in a special situation and remain in the EU single market. A note for the boating industry on the legal changes resulting from Brexit is available from the European Commission in this document.

    • What is the legal framework for recreational craft?
      • The EU Recreational Craft Directive 2013/53, which sets out the requirements for recreational craft, has been transposed into UK law by the Recreational Craft Regulations 2017, which essentially mirrors the EU Directive. The full text of the UK's Recreational Craft Regulations 2017 can be found here while a guide to assist businesses intending to sell boats in the UK market (excluding Northern Ireland) can be found here.

    • Are there any changes to standardization and compliance?
      • The harmonized EU standards for recreational craft (and other products) that companies must follow to comply with EU law remain unchanged in the UK after December 31, although they are now referred to as "designated standards." Designated standards for recreational craft are published by the UK government here. A list of approval bodies for products to be offered on the UK market can be found here. In addition, the general rule is that CE certificates will remain valid in the UK until the end of 2021. From January 1, 2022, CE marked goods will need to obtain a UKCA (UK Conformity Assessment) mark in order to be placed on the UK market (apart from Northern Ireland, where either the CE mark or the new UKNI mark will be valid). Please see here for detailed information and specific application.

    • Does the Manufacturers Identity Code have to be entered in the UK Register?
      • Since December 31, boat builders must register their Manufacturers Identity Code (MIG) in the UK Register in order to offer vessels on the UK market when using the UKCA mark. It is advisable to do this in all cases. The UK MIG register is managed by British Marine on behalf of the Department for Business, Innovation and Industrial Strategy. To register a new MIG with British Marine, or to find out the manufacturer associated with a particular MIC, follow this link. At the same time, vessels with a UK-based MIC can no longer be placed on the EU market, so affected manufacturers must obtain a new code from an EU member state authority.

    • Where can I find an overview of the European Commission on the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement?
      • You can find an overview of the European Commission here.

    BREXIT - detailed information

    • What is the new EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement?
      • On 24 December 2020, the EU and UK agreed the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, which governs the new relationship between the EU and the UK. The agreement, together with a Commission presentation summarising it as well as additional resources can be found here. The new Trade and Cooperation Agreement governs the new EU-UK relationship in a wide range of policy areas. It establishes closer cooperation than traditional free trade agreements. It is currently being applied provisionally, since the EU has yet to ratify it formally. Ratification by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU will take place after the institutions have scrutinised the agreement in detail. The agreement is made up of three pillars. The first and most important one is a free trade agreement covering trade in goods and services, as well as a wide range of other areas. It provides for zero tariffs and zero quotas on goods that comply with the rules of origin. It also includes the commitment of both parties to retaining high standards in environmental protection and labour rights, as well as fair state aid rules. This will ensure a level playing field between the UK and the EU. Other aspects covered include fish stocks, transport, energy, and coordination in social security. The UK will also participate in several EU programmes such as Horizon Europe. The second pillar is that of security. The agreement sets out a new framework for law enforcement and judicial cooperation. The third pillar is the new governance framework, which is the structure put in place to ensure the application of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement. A Joint Partnership Council made up of EU and UK representatives will be established, which will make sure the agreement is applied and will discuss potential issues. Enforcement mechanisms, as well as dispute settlement mechanisms, will be put in place to ensure that both parties compete on a level playing field. If one party violates a part of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, the other party can take retaliatory measures. © European Boating Industry (EBI) - www.europeanboatingindustry.eu

    • Are there tariffs for goods between the EU and the UK?
      • Under the new Trade and Cooperation Agreement, there will be no tariffs or quotas in EU-UK trade (including recreational boats). To benefit from zero tariffs, goods must comply with rules of origin (i.e. they must largely originate either in the EU or in the UK). This must be stated on the relevant export documents to benefit from zero tariffs. You can find whether your product complies with these rules by completing a Rules of Origin Self-Assessment on the Access2Markets portal. A checklist of for businesses exporting to the UK can be found here. The Commission has also put together a questions and answers on matters relating to the TCA rules of origin. EU exporters wishing to benefit from duty-free treatment must be registered in the EU’s, REX system in order to be able to complete a statement on the origin of the goods being exported to the UK (information on contacting national authorities for REX registration can be found here ). An introduction to rules of origin for traders can also be found here. © European Boating Industry (EBI) - www.europeanboatingindustry.eu

    • How is VAT dealt with for import of new boats?
      • All boats located in the EU or its territorial waters on 1 January 2021, whether they have been manufactured in the EU or imported from the UK, have retained their status as EU goods. In contrast, all boats located in UK territory and waters (excluding Northern Ireland) on 1 January 2021, including those that had been manufactured in the EU and then imported to the UK, have lost their status as EU goods. Therefore, if these boats enter EU territorial waters, they will be considered third-country boats, and will thus be treated as non-EU goods. They will therefore be subject to custom controls and VAT requirements, in the same way as any other third-country boat. VAT payment is due on all imports of used boats when they cross the border into the UK or into the EU, unless they are entitled to Returned Goods Relief; Temporary Admission or the change of residence procedure (more below). These concepts are replicated in both EU and UK law, although they should be checked in each instance as there may be different interpretations. It is recommended that documentary evidence is provided of the location of the boat on 1 January 2021, in order to prove VAT status to custom authorities. For further guidance, see the European Commission’s FAQs on tax and customs. © European Boating Industry (EBI) - www.europeanboatingindustry.eu

    • How is VAT dealt with for import of second-hand boats?
      • If your recreational boat was imported into the EU or manufactured in the EU, it will be considered as having Union status. As of 1 January 2021, Union goods in the customs territory of the UK have lost their Union status and have become UK goods. If, on 1 January 2021, the boat was located in an EU port or sails in EU territorial waters, it keeps its Union status. It is recommended that documentary evidence is provided of the location of the boat at the end of the transition period to prove VAT status to custom authorities. However, if at that time the boat was located in the UK, it is considered a third-country boat when arriving in the territorial waters of the Union. This means that it will be treated as non-Union goods and will be subject to the same customs controls and VAT requirements as boats coming from any third country. Essentially, VAT payment is due on all imports of used boats when they cross the border into the UK or into EU unless they are entitled to Returned Goods Relief, Temporary Admission or the change of residence procedure (more below). The concepts are replicated for EU and UK law but should be check in each instance as there may be different interpretations. Please note: Further clarifications are currently being sought from the European Commission and UK Government on specific scenarios. This section will be updated accordingly in case of clarification from the European Commission. © European Boating Industry (EBI) - www.europeanboatingindustry.eu

    • Can a boat be temporarily brought into EU/UK waters without VAT or other charges?
      • A boat for private use can be temporarily brought into the EU from a third country without paying VAT or other charges, through the temporary admission procedure. The boat must be registered outside the EU and owned by a person established outside the EU, to benefit from this procedure with total relief from import duty and VAT. The boat can remain in the EU for no more than 18 months. © European Boating Industry (EBI) - www.europeanboatingindustry.eu

    • How is the Returned Goods Relief rule applied?
      • If a recreational boat leaves the EU or its territorial waters and is then brought back to the EU and fulfils the conditions to be considered as a returned good, then it can be declared to customs as such, and Returned Goods Relief applied. To qualify, the recreational boat must have been originally exported from the EU, be re-imported in the same condition and only if the person that re-imports the boat is the same person who originally exported it. The boat must be re-imported within three years of it leaving the EU. © European Boating Industry (EBI) - www.europeanboatingindustry.eu

    • How is the transfer of residence procedure applied?
      • If you are transferring your normal residence from the EU to the UK or vice versa, it may be possible to claim relief from customs duty and VAT. This relief applies to certain goods, including pleasure craft. © European Boating Industry (EBI) - www.europeanboatingindustry.eu

    • What is the situation regarding Northern Ireland?
      • For practical purposes, Northern Ireland remains in the EU Single Market, and therefore internal EU rules for customs and VAT continue to apply to goods entering and leaving Northern Ireland from and to the EU. This means that trading goods between the EU and Northern Ireland will be treated as an intra-EU transaction, with no customs formalities. © European Boating Industry (EBI) - www.europeanboatingindustry.

    • Which legislation and standards apply for import of recreational craft in the UK?
      • The legal framework of the EU and UK is now separate. Nonetheless, the EU’s Recreational Craft Directive 2013/53/EU (Link) was transferred into UK law without notable changes as the Recreational Craft Regulations 2017 (Link) which mirror the EU Directive. A guiding document to help businesses that intend to place craft in the UK market can be found here EU harmonised standards for recreational craft remain unchanged in the UK, although they are now called “designated standards” under the new British terminology. Designated standards for recreational craft can be found here Notified bodies are called approved bodies.

    • How do the conformity assessment procedures for exports to the UK work?
      • CE markings will remain valid in the UK until 31 December 2021 under a special transition period. From 1 January 2022, CE-marked goods will have to obtain the new UKCA (UK Conformity Assessment) marking from a UK approved body before being placed in the UK market (except Northern Ireland). Under the UK’s new conformity assessment framework, approved bodies are those notified bodies that were registered in the UK before 1 January 2021 (they do not need to seek re-accreditation). They will be able to assess products for the UK market (notwithstanding Northern Ireland). Approved bodies must be based in the UK. The list of UK approved bodies can be found here Currently, there is only one approved body in the UK as it was already previously accredited in the UK. To our understanding, two EU-based notified bodies have applied for accreditation but are waiting on the accreditation process. EBI is closely monitoring the development together with these notified bodies. Products that are assessed by a UK approved body will carry the new UKCA (UK Conformity Assessment) marking. Until 31 December 2021, the UKCA marking may be affixed either to a label which is itself affixed to the product, or alternatively to a document accompanying the product. For products being placed in the Northern Irish market, the CE marking alone must be used, although this must be accompanied by the new UKNI marking if a UK approved body has been used to carry out the conformity assessment. Check here for detailed information and the specific application.

    • Do boats that were purchased before the end of 2020 and delivered in 2021 have to be re-certified?
      • Recreational boats ordered (bought) before end-December 2020 but shipped since 1 January 2021 from the UK to the EU can still be made available without having to be re-certified by an EU notified body. This follows the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement.

    • Will second-hand boats have to be re-certified when imported into EU and UK?
      • The import of a second-hand boat from the UK into the EU (and vice versa) since 1st January 2021 would be treated as an import and a Post-Construction Assessment would have to be completed. EU technical harmonisation legislation, including the RCD is applicable at the moment of placing the product on the market and/or putting it into service and until the product reaches the end user. The rules are the same for the EU (Recreational Craft Directive) and the UK (Recreational Craft Regulations). Second-hand boats being imported from the EU to be placed on the UK market will, after 1 January 2022, be required to obtain a new UKCA certificate and second-hand CE marked vessels which were in the UK at the end of 2021 and since exported to the EU will be required to undergo a recertification of the CE mark when being placed on the EU market. Potential exemptions from requirement for re-certification According to guidance provided by the European Commission to EBI, each case has to be assessed individually by market surveillance authorities according to available information about history of the watercraft. This information will help to market surveillance authorities to identify the moment of placing on the EU market and/or putting into service and consequently whether such craft is subject to the conformity assessment requirement described above. Potential indicators could be location of the boat on 31 December 2020, residence of the owner, flag state, boat registration.

    • What is the situation regarding Northern Ireland?
      • Northern Ireland remains in the EU Internal Market. EU rules, including the Recreational Craft Directive, continue to apply in the same way as for EU Member States. Hence, recreational boats placed on the market in Northern Ireland have to comply with the applicable EU legislation. Certificates issued by notified bodies based in Northern Ireland are only valid for Northern Ireland (no such notified body currently exists for the RCD).

    • Will companies have to apply for a MIC code?
      • The Recreational Craft Directive 2013/53/EU requires each watercraft to be marked with an identification number, which includes a Manufacturer Identification Code (MIC) assigned by national authorities or authorised national bodies. Craft with a UK-granted unique code can no longer be placed on the EU market, and UK manufacturers wishing to sell craft in the EU must apply for a MIC to the relevant national authority of the Member State in which they intend to place the craft on the market (application in only one Member State). Likewise, EU manufacturers selling boats in the UK market require an UK MIC code. The register of MIC codes in the UK is managed by British Marine

    • Further helpful guidance and links
      • The European Commission provides general information about the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement here and here In the Commission’s FAQs on tax and customs, you will find clear and useful information on tax and customs issues: Commission’s FAQs on tax and customs The Stakeholder notice on VAT for goods also provides relevant information: (link) The Access2Markets portal provides a tool to learn about tariffs, taxes, rules of origin, product requirements, customs procedures, trade barriers and statistics between any two countries (both EU and non-EU) for any given product. Access2Markets portal The Commission webpage provides documents with guidance on the implications of Brexit for a number of sectors, including recreational boating. This should be read together with the sectoral guidance for industrial products. Commission webpage. Recreational boating. Industrial products The UK Government Brexit webpage provides useful information on trading between the EU and the UK: UK Government Brexit webpage Specifically, information on placing manufactured goods in the British market (except Northern Ireland) can be found here Documents relating to rules of origin requirements can be found here © European Boating Industry (EBI) - www.europeanboatingindustry.eu