Shipping Companies

No tax is payable on the profits from the operation of a vessel registered in Cyprus or on the dividends received from a ship owning company flying the Cyprus flag and operating in international waters.

No tax is payable on the emoluments of the captain, the officer and the crew of a Cyprus ship.

Local companies/ individuals or International Business Companies that carry out ship management and crew management from an office in Cyprus have the choice for the financial year ended 31 December 2000 onwards to be taxed at the rate of 4.25% or rates equal to 25% of the rates applicable to the tonnage tax for foreign vessels under their management that are registered outside Cyprus. This special tax regime for ship owning and ship management companies applies until the year 2020.