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Tax rebates


“Tax rebates for the shipping sector must be maintained in order to preserve Dutch jobs.”

Priority KVNR: tax rebates ensure a strong labour market


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Lodewijk Wisse
Tax and Legal

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Tax rebates in the shipping sector enable Dutch shipowners to stay competitive in the global shipping market. It is a system that contributes to the overall competitiveness of the Dutch flag and, therefore, to levels of employment. The three aims of this are to strengthen:

  1. the position of Dutch seafarers in the international labour market;
  2. the competitive position of Dutch shipowners;
  3. the whole Dutch maritime cluster by supporting Dutch seafarers as their careers move onshore.

Drawing on their knowledge and expertise, many Dutch seafarers continue their careers working onshore in the Dutch maritime cluster. Without this tax rebate structure, Dutch seafarers would disappear from the fleet; a result with serious consequences for the entire Dutch maritime cluster.

The challenge

The tax rebate structure is subject to European regulations. It contributes to the competitive position of Dutch shipowners and seafarers with respect to their European and global competitors.

It is therefore paramount to keep the structure as financially attractive as possible. Optimising calculation methods and broadening its scope are some of the possible ways to achieve this.

State of play

The Netherlands Tax and Customs Administration has investigated the finances of Dutch shipowners and maritime employment agencies on numerous occasions. This has led to a lot of unrest in the sector, which has had a negative impact on the Dutch business climate. Maritime tax arrangements are due for re-evaluation in 2020. The KVNR, together with its members, is making preparations for this re-evaluation.