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Professional yachting: How to simplify your procedures with the RIF?

Tangi Captain

Registering* your vessel in the French International Register (RIF*) entitles you to various advantages and simplifies your administrative procedures.

The French International Register (RIF) is a registration system for professional pleasure craft registered in France, created by law n° 2005-412 of 3 May 2005. The RIF reflects France's commitment to the notion of a "substantial link" between the vessel and the State.


First of all, you must ensure that your professional vessel can be registered in the RIF.


Commercial vessels engaged in long-distance or international coastal navigation may be registered in the FIR if they meet the following criteria:

  • more than 15 metres overall,
  • dedicated to commercial exploitation,
  • operated in international or long-distance cabotage (Paragraph 1 Article L 5611-2 of the Transport Code) for commercial vessels,
  • equipped with a professional crew, including at least 25% European seafarers,
  • meeting the safety standards applicable to commercial yachts.


The following are excluded from the benefit of the FIR:

  • Passenger ships operating regular intra-Community lines or, according to a list established by decree, regular international lines. The list provided for in the fifth paragraph of Article 2 of the aforementioned Act of 3 May 2005 is made up of regular international maritime passenger transport lines between a European Union Member State and Algeria, Morocco or Tunisia,
  • Vessels operating exclusively in the national cabotage,
  • Port assistance vessels, including those used for port towing, maintenance dredging, boatage, pilotage and buoyancy.


Thanks to the registration of your vessel in the RIF, you and your sailors benefit from interesting tax advantages and the French administration allows you to profit from :

  • of its network;
  • of its expertise;
  • the free nature of its operations;
  • of the RIF one-stop shop.

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