Shipyard logistics

Shipyards, La Ciotat
Transport, temporary imports, bonded warehouses, storage and handling, VAT schemes: we offer specialized services to actors in shipyards and their partners, between Menton and Marseille in Southern France.
Services we offer in France and Monaco:

Transport solutions, customs, and VAT services for shipyards

Customs representative, VAT specialist and shipping company strengthened by a vast international network, born in Nice and located at each and every shipyard on the French Riviera, naturally, we have developed specialized services for all the actors in the yachting sector as well as their shipyard service providers.

Shipping company:

  • Air and maritime shipment of naval spare parts coming from and going all over the world.
  • Packaging, handling, and shipping of naval spare parts and all types of merchandise including oversized cargo.
  • Management of emergency situations (express, hand carry, charter etc.)
  • Removal, handling and secured storage of personal effects and high-value goods throughout the duration of the works.

Customs & administrative procedures:

  • Placement of vessels in an inward processing arrangement.
  • Transit & Temporary Admissions.
  • Implementation and administrative management of bonded warehouses.
  • Bonded receipt of parts shipped by courriers like Fedex, UPS, DHL,…
  • Tariff classification, verification of records and certifications.

Repairing and refurbishing ships and yachts bearing international flags requires rigorous and total customs mastery as well as logistical responsiveness. This is what we offer our clients, from our offices located right within their bonded warehouses.

Alain Rigaud, MATHEZ FREIGHT, La Ciotat

You'll benefit from

Our presence at shipyards

We have offices located at the main repair and refurbishment shipyards, catering to yachts along the Mediterranean coast in France.

An international network

You'll benefit from the world's best network of freight agents, with total coverage of ports of call for yachts.
Our network

Our well-qualified representatives

Our personnel is exclusively specialized and highly competent in the service of the shipyard industry.

Secured solutions

We constantly look out for new administrative procedures in customs legislation covering recreational boats in order to provide the best solutions the law allows.

A customized transport plan

We put in place shipping services that are adapted to your needs. These services are then directed and overseen by us
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Frequently asked questions regarding transport

  1. 1

    How can one do work on boats in France tax free?

    The inward processing scheme for "repairs" is a specific "transformation" customs arrangement that allows for importation of a third party boat for repairs and refurbishment prior to re-exportation.

    Placing the vessel in this inward processing scheme allows one to take advantage of work and outfitting tax free.

  2. 2

    What conditions are needed to put an inward processing scheme in place?

    Inward processing for "repairs" is available to boats:

    • carrying out work within the European Union (EU)
    • flying a pleasure boat flag from outside the European Union
    • whose ownership or proprietary company is established outside the EU
    • having never paid VAT, non-Union status.
    • that can prove presence for fewer than 18 months once the inward processing scheme has been initiated
    • provided there is no inward processing scheme initiated for any other boat in customs in France
  3. 3

    How does the inward processing scheme for boat repairs work?

    To take advantage of the inward processing scheme for "repairs", work with a Registered Customs Representative who specializes in this field:

    • You'll need to produce an overall estimate for the expected repairs/work.
    • Your Registered Customs Representative will request an inward processing scheme from the customs office nearest the place where the repairs will be performed and will ensure management of the paperwork required to track its progress.

    What could be more convenient, since MATHEZ FREIGHT is also a Registered Customs Representative! Contact us.

  4. 4

    What do FIATA, IATA, and AEO-Full certifications mean?

    MATHEZ FREIGHT is IATA, FIATA and FONASBA certified and since 2013 also has AEO-Full status, which includes the AEO certificate for "customs streamlining" and the AEO certificate for "safety and security."

    • "AEO" accreditation (Authorized Economic Operator) is awarded by the Customs Authority to companies that satisfy strict customs criteria and demonstrate continuous quality, conformity, and reliability across the international logistical chain.
    • IATA certification also allows the use of any commercial airliner and use of their AWB.
    • FIATA certification governs relations between loaders and actors in the maritime shipping industry, with FIATA regulations serving as the reference in the event of a dispute.
    • Since 2007, the FONASBA (International Federation of National Associations of Ship Brokers and Agents) quality standard has been recognizing agents who meet financial strength criteria and demonstrate the top level of commitment in terms of professionalism and quality.

    When you work with MATHEZ FREIGHT, you can rest assured that all of our operations will be performed with precision, reliability, and professionalism, according to the highest standards.

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