Any ship arriving in Gibraltar with cargo must, within 24 hours, make report both by delivering to customs an inward manifest of goods, duly signed by the Master or Agent. The Master must also answer all questions put to him by the customs officer regarding the ship, her crew, cargo, passengers, stores, and voyage. He must also deliver any document relating to the ship, her cargo etc.
In the case of a vessel over 1,000 net tons, the manifest required shall only relate to cargo to be landed or transhipped in Gibraltar. However, the Master must still answer any questions and produce a manifest of goods in transit if required by the custom officer. Once unloaded, the cargo is placed in transit sheds to be segregated and sorted by the ships agents for delivery or home use, or for re-export from Gibraltar. A free storage period of five days is allowed,after which goods are moved to a government warehouse where rent accrues.
Transhipment facilities are available in Gibraltar and no import duty is payable on goods which are declared to be in transit or for transhipment purposes.
Private pleasure crafts arriving in Gibraltar are subjected to normal customs clearance and the Master must produce to the authorities a crew list detailingthe names, nationalities, passport numbers etc. of those on board. On arrival, yachts must report to the reception berth on the starboard side of the approach to the marinas. Information about the vessel is also required and should include nationality, port of registry etc.
Crew lists should be ready before the vessels arrives in Gibraltar. There are prohibitions on importation of certain items such as flick knives, gravity knives, controlled drugs, firearms, explosives, ivory etc.
There is a 12% import duty on new vessels imported whichwill be permanently based here. Temporary importation, without payment of duty, is allowed, provided that the importer is not permanently resident in Gibraltar. Unaccompanied yachts, imported by non-residents, may remain in Gibraltar under temporary import regulations although they may be placed under customs seal until duty is paid.
Further information about Customs formalities may be obtained from The Collector of Customs Customs House Waterport Gibraltar Tel: 20078879 Fax: 20078362 Telex GIBCUS 2376