The government of Martinique has changed existing duty- and VAT-free rules for repair and maintenance of visiting yachts.
All visiting recreational yachts can avoid the duty called “octroi de mer” on materials (typically about 10 percent); the duty called “customs charge” on materials imported from a non-European Union country such as the United States (ranges between 4 and 12 percent); and VAT at the time of sale (8.5 percent on materials, labor and services).
The island qualifies a visiting recreational yacht as any foreign-flagged yacht that is within the 18-month visitation window allowed between its clearance in and its clearance out. Yachts flagged in Martinique and Guadeloupe are not eligible for these tax breaks.
In October, the Martinique Yachting Association (MYA) launched the “Martinique Cruisers Net” communicating in English by VHF and by Facebook to inform cruisers of what is going on in Martinique, where to find everything, and where to socialize.