FAQ on the annual fee


​​​​​​​​Why must I pay a fee? 

On 19 December 2012, the Danish Parliament (Folketinget) adopted act no. 1384. This act contains provisions on annual fees for ships and became effective on 15 February 2013.

The act means that an annual fee is introduced for all ships registered in the Danish registers of shipping. The fee applies to all types of ships and will be settled every year on 1 March. The fee was to be paid for the first time in the autumn of 2013. 

The annual fee is to contribute to financing the tasks of the authorities in connection with ships flying the Danish flag. 
Act no. 1384 ​

​Why have I received an invoice? 

If you are registered as the owner of a ship on 1 March 2017, which is the date on which the register was settled, you will have to pay the fee for 2017. 

Pleasure craft with a gross tonnage below 20 need not be registered unless the ship is encumbered with mortgages or other rights. If you have your pleasure craft deleted from the Register of Shipping on this basis before 31 August 2017, you only have to pay half of the fee for the current year.

Why have I received a reminder?

If the invoice is not paid before the date of payment, a reminder will be forwarded. A fee of DKK 250 will be added to each reminder. A total of three reminders will be forwarded. If they are not paid, the claim will be sent for collection by the tax authorities (SKAT). 

How much do I have to pay?

The annual fee is calculated on the basis of your ship's tonnage: 

Gross tonnage > 20                                          DKK 800 
Gross tonnage between 20 and 500          DKK 1,600
Gross tonnage < 500                                        DKK 2,400 ​

How will the invoice be forwarded? 

The invoice will be forwarded by means of e-boks and PBS and you will receive it during the spring of each year. 

How can I pay my invoice? 

You can pay the invoice through your net banking arrangement, at the post office or in your ​bank.

Do I have to pay the fee if the ship has been sold? 

The fee must be paid by the person who was registered as the owner on 1 March each year. However, you can avoid paying the fee for the coming year if the ship is deleted or a new owner is registered before 28 February at 14:00 hours. If the ship is deleted after 28 February, but before 31 August, you will have to pay only half of the fee. 

What will happen if I do not pay? 

If you do not pay, a reminder will be forwarded with a fee of DKK 250 per reminder. If you have not paid the fee after the receipt of three reminders, the case will be forwarded for collection by the tax authorities (SKAT). 

What if I apply to have the ship deleted during the year? 

The fee will be settled on 1 March. If you have applied to have the ship deleted before that date, you are not required to pay the fee for the year concerned. If you have applied to have the ship deleted from the Register of Shipping before 31 August, you must remember to request a refund of half of the annual fee. If you have applied to have your ship deleted after 31 August 2017, you will have to pay the entire annual fee, which has been established on the basis of your ship's gross tonnage: 

Gross tonnage > 20                                            DKK 800
Gross tonnage between 20 and 500            DKK 1,600
Gross tonnage < 500                                          DKK 2,400

Once your ship has been deleted, you will not receive invoices for the coming years. 

I have received an invoice for a ship that I no longer own

The annual fee will be requested from the person who is registered as the owner of the ship on 1 March. Therefore, it may be a good idea to check http://skibsregister.dma.dk (in Danish) what is registered in your ship. If you have sold the ship, the change of ownership must be reported or the ship must be deleted, and the original bill of sale, etc. must be forwarded to the Register of Shipping.
Read more about ship registration

Whether you have to pay the fee depends on when you have informed the Register of Shipping about the change of ownership: 

  • As regards changes of ownership for which registration has been applied before 1 March, cf. the provisions of the act, the fee must be paid by the new owner. However, it is a condition that it is possible to register the change of ownership on the basis of the documents forwarded. 
  • As regards changes of ownership for which registration has been applied after 1 March, the fee must be paid by the person who was registered as the owner of the ship on 1 March

How do I apply for registration of a change of ownership to a ship that is already registered? 

Information about change of ownership

How do I delete a ship? 

Information about deletion of a pleasure craft

My ship no longer exists. What am I to do? 

Loss

You can be exempted from the obligation to pay the fee if your ship was lost several years ago. This requires that you inform the Register of Shipping in writing what has happened. In addition, the Register of Shipping must receive documentation of the loss, such as for example pictures, correspondence with an insurance company or what you may have. If you forward your documentation to the Register of Shipping, we will consider whether it is sufficient for us to let you off the fee. The ship will be deleted from the Register of Shipping if you forward form S 5. The form must be signed by the person who is registered as the owner. On the form, you must give an account of the circumstances of the loss. The Register of Shipping may request additional information. 
Form S 5

Scrapping

You can be exempted from the obligation to pay the fee if your ship was scrapped several years ago. The Register of Shipping must receive documentation of the scrapping, such as for example pictures, a declaration from a shipbreaker, correspondence with an insurance company or what you may have. If you forward your documentation to the Register of Shipping, we will consider whether it is sufficient for us to let you off the fee. The ship will be deleted from the Register of Shipping if you forward form S 6. The form must be signed by the person who is registered as the owner and be certified by the Danish Maritime Authority or by a port authority. At the same time, documentation of the scrapping must be forwarded.
Form S 6

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