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Tonnage Tax

Ship & Yacht Registration

Tonnage Tax

Malta’s renowned International Ship Register, boasting the prestigious Eight Cross Flag, ranks 1st in Europe and 6th worldwide for registered tonnage. A cornerstone of its appeal to ship-owners lies in the Malta Tonnage Tax Rules.

What is the tonnage tax system?

Instead of income tax, shipping companies pay tonnage tax based on their fleet’s net tonnage. • Implemented by several EU member states, including Malta, the tonnage tax system offers favorable terms.

What ships are eligible?

All vessels used in navigation qualify, along with those involved in international goods or passenger transport by sea. Exclusions apply to certain ship categories.

What are the benefits?

Exemption from tax on shipping income and profit distribution. • Tax exemptions on ship sales, share transfers, and document duties for non-Maltese residents. • Options for simplified tax filings and separate accounting for shipping activities.

Recent Commitments

Tonnage tax measures extend to individuals assuming ship operation risks. • Requirements for new entrants and exemptions for specific ship types are detailed. • Non-EEA ships can benefit from Malta tonnage tax if managed from an EU/EEA country.

Key Persons

Luca Zahra Brincat

Corporate Lawyer

Ryan Barwari

Corporate Lawyer

Audrey Sapiano

Chief Commercial Officer

Angelo Vella


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