Regulatory Reference Guide

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Welcome to the online Regulatory Reference Guide (RRG). It offers you the opportunity to search, sort and consult the rules impacting the recreational marine. The ICOMIA Secretariat invites all MIAs to check and update their sections frequently. We are sure that you will appreciate this very informative tool.

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South Africa
Government support of industry during COVID-19
April 21, 2020

Government has introduced a Small Business Relief Fund and commercial banks are looking at various relief measures for customers.

The Unemployment Insurance Fund has offered R3 500 per employee per month (at today’s exchange rate USD195). There is also a Temporary Employment Relief programme offering R17 000 per employee per month (USD947).

Some tax relief measures were announced recently and they generally apply to lower income earners and there will be delays on employee tax liabilities.

USA
Government support of industry during COVID-19
April 21, 2020

The US national government has passed a $2 trillion funding package aimed at supporting small businesses, distressed industries, unemployed workers and injecting cash directly into American households.
On Friday, 3rd April, small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) – an initiative that was included in the $2 trillion economic relief bill signed by President Trump last week, which authorizes nearly $350 billion in forgivable loans to businesses to pay up to eight weeks of payroll costs, including benefits. Funds can also be used to pay interest on mortgages, rent, and utilities.

Sweden
Government support of industry during COVID-19
April 21, 2020

There is a full package of support available for SMEs affected by the current situation. Application process seems complicated, so Sweboat is assisting their members with this.

Japan
Government support of industry during COVID-19
April 21, 2020

The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW), the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), the Consumer Affairs Agency (CAA) and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) jointly produced an easy-to-understand video clip explaining measures for addressing the novel coronavirus disease.

MHLW has introduced the employment continuation subsidy. They will support 75-90% of leave compensation from April to June.

Aiming to encourage companies to introduce teleworking into their working styles, the Japan Government will collect and convey information on teleworking-related measures and that on activities of companies in the information communication industry for supporting their workers.

If an SME is a business in an industry severely affected by the disease and it faces a decline in sales of 5% or more from the previous year, it is eligible to make use of a financing guarantee of 80% of the loan amount under a framework of up to 280 million yen, which is separate from a general financing guarantee.

Israel
Government support of industry during COVID-19
April 21, 2020

Government supports associations and the agricultural field. No special support for marinas is noted. All costs of repairing boats are on boaters.

France
Government support of industry during COVID-19
April 21, 2020

The French government has taken aid measures for both the businesses and the workers. Workers are encouraged to work from home, when possible, but some factories and businesses remain open with sanitary measures. Partial unemployment benefits are now granted to 5,8 million people at the national level (about 25% of the employees) as of 8 April. Freelance workers can also benefit from a monthly subsidy of Euro 1500. Additional measures have been taken to differ repayment of loans and taxes, with the participation of the banks. The regional council administrations are also involved in several actions of support.

Germany
Government support of industry during COVID-19
April 21, 2020

Kurzarbeitergeld (Reduced hours compensation). A company is able to ask for support for salaries, if the coronavirus crisis is the reason for difficulties. The employee is payed 60% (without children), 67 % (with children) of the last net income by the government. Mostly the companies are paying in addition another 20 % of the loss. This scheme can be used for up to two years. Credits guaranteed by government are available. In the beginning in total 600 billion Euros. Direct help: 50 billion Euros are given to small enterprises up to 10 employees, up to 15.000 Euros/company. This amount doesn’t have to be paid back. Taxes can be paid 3 month later. Insurance for the employees can be paid 3 month later. All states have additional financial and fiscal help.

Greece
Government support of industry during COVID-19
April 21, 2020

A discussion has started with the Government regarding the mooring fees of the chartered/commercial boats which are currently moored/locked in the marinas. All charters or sails are forbidden in the Greek territory, so now the professional unions and associations are asking a 40-60% discount on the mooring fees for the next months. The State has already announced a 40% reduction of the rent for the commercial stores, restaurants, cafes, etc for the period being locked down.

New Zealand
COVID-19 Restrictions
April 21, 2020

The country is under mandatory lockdown. All residents are required to remain in their homes and stay in the same place for at least the next four weeks. Marinas and boatyards have closed, boat owners and the public are not allowed to travel other than to super markets or medical care facilities, so Marinas and Boat Yards are not to be visited. A small number of marinas have retained some live aboard who are under strict controls. People are permitted to exercise by walking around the immediate area around their home, but a visit to the beach for a swim is not permitted. Marinas are permitted to have a security guard but no other staff on site. 

Grenada
Government support of industry during COVID-19
April 21, 2020