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    Default Red Diesel in France

    Please excuse the double posting but I thought that some MoBos would find the following helpful yet rarely visit the Scuttlebutt Forum so might miss it.

    For those that don't know me I help organise the annual Scuttlebutt Cherbourg Cruise. In doing this last year I met a very helpful lady, Magali Hamon at Port Chantereyne Marina, Cherbourg.

    Magali does not represent French customs but sent me the following information to be helpful and encourage UK based boats to visit France. Trust you find this informal (but local) advice helpful.

    INFORMATION ON THE USE OF RED DIESEL IN FRANCE


    Following the debate in the UK around the use of red diesel outside
    British waters, we would like to hereby confirm that the French
    authority will continue to accept the use of red diesel bought in the
    UK in recreational craft provided it can be shown that the full duty
    has been paid.
    To this extent, we suggest that boat owners keep a record of their
    red diesel receipts on board. As an example to prove this point, early
    April this year, a 60ft motor yacht visiting Port Chantereyne was
    boarded by French customs, who accepted the use of red diesel on
    board as they were presented with the relevant receipt.
    According to our local authorities, there is therefore no new
    regulation regarding the use of red diesel in France and therefore
    there is absolutely no restriction for British vessels to visit France.
    Should you have any question about the use of red diesel in Cherbourg, please feel
    free to contact Magali HAMON at Port Chantereyne.
    Tel: +33 (0)6 87 71 09 41 | Email: magali.hamon@ville-cherbourg.fr.
    www.portchantereyne.fr

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    Thanks for going to the trouble to post
    Good sensible news.
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    Thank you -that is very helpful.

    However what happens if you refuel at the CI's. I am planning UK-CI-France-UK this summer (if we get one). If I fill up at the CI's where, I believe, they supply red with ?? no duty?? what happens if I get stopped in France?

    Produce a UK receipt and forget I stopped en route?
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidej View Post
    Thank you -that is very helpful.

    However what happens if you refuel at the CI's. I am planning UK-CI-France-UK this summer (if we get one). If I fill up at the CI's where, I believe, they supply red with ?? no duty?? what happens if I get stopped in France?

    Produce a UK receipt and forget I stopped en route?
    Surely, if you have UK receipts and the CI receipt, you have done all you can. What do the CI boats produce if they visit France ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidej View Post
    Thank you -that is very helpful.

    However what happens if you refuel at the CI's. I am planning UK-CI-France-UK this summer (if we get one). If I fill up at the CI's where, I believe, they supply red with ?? no duty?? what happens if I get stopped in France?

    Produce a UK receipt and forget I stopped en route?
    keep your UK tickets
    pay cash in the CI
    I may be wrong but not always

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulGooch View Post
    Surely, if you have UK receipts and the CI receipt, you have done all you can. What do the CI boats produce if they visit France ?
    I don't know - never taken a boat there.

    Apparently doesn't work like that in Belgium
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    Quote Originally Posted by sailorman View Post
    keep your UK tickets
    pay cash in the CI


    Ah yes but.........

    we dont have sails and cant claim to have drifted 40 miles through the race @ 24 knots so our log entries dont match up.


    Keep a proper record of the log and fuel added keeping a receipt.
    France are happy for you to buy fuel in CI and visit them with the duty free fuel in your tanks.
    Just dont carry extra in jerry cans and dont top up using jerry cans while in france.

    Personally I feel it makes sense for a mobo to buy 50L in france on arrival paying full duty which avoids any doubt ( its fairly cheap there anyway)


    It was 1.46 euros in Feb 2012

    1.18p litre
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    Quote Originally Posted by davidej View Post
    I don't know - never taken a boat there.

    Apparently doesn't work like that in Belgium
    Belgium is a different kettle of fish though David, not even having UK duty paid invoices work there.
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