Shipping Partner, Ship registration, Ship agent - SMS Group Malta
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Shipping was one of SMS Group's first business which started around 1860 with offices in Victoria Gate area of Valletta. Some of its partners include K Line (largest Container Carrier Worldwide) and Messina di Navigazione. Today SMS Shipping is also responsible for Ship Chandlery under the name of PN Fenech and Bunkering Broking under the name of BBL.
SMS Tourism can provide hotel accommodation for holiday as well as business purposes in Malta and Gozo. We can also provide any other form of tourism-related services including local excursions, car hire, transfers and a full range of services and assistance related to conferences & incentives. SMS Travel has recently joined forces with another prominent tourism company (Mondial Travel) to provide an exhaustive selection of travel arrangements outside of Malta including hotel accommodation, air travel and cruises from offices in Malta, Tunisia, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus and Algeria.
SMS International Shore Operations is the leading shore & port handler in the world. SMS ISO are entrusted with the provision of all shore requirements by a large number of reputable cruise lines including Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Lines, Costa, MSC, Disney Cruiselines and many more. SMS handles shore excursions, turnaround service and transportation for Cruise Liners in Malta, England, Italy, Denmark, Holland, Tunis, Libya and the United States of America.
Insurance by S. Mifsud & Sons dates back to the Early 50s. SMS Insurance Agency Ltd. (agent for Foreign Principals, binder agreements with local & UK based insurers and Lloyd's); Global Insurance Brokers Ltd. (places risks in the local and worldwide market); SMS Assistance Ltd. (handles assistance cases for tourists in Malta such as Europassistance)
TRANSPORT SERVICES (Courier Express, Airfreight, Seafreight, Roadfreight, Combination of either modes); ADDITIONAL SERVICES (Customs Brokerage, Local transport - reefer available with temperature data loggers, Hand Carriers, Warehousing); SOME OF OUR PRINCIPALS (FedEx, Etihad Cargo, K Line, Neptune Lines, Ignazio Messina)
SMS Corporate Services was set up in 1991 by Dr. Simon Mifsud LL.B. (Hons) L.L.M., Barr. SMS Corporate Services provides Company services by way of Company Incorporation, Management, Company Secretarial services and any other legal services which may be required. The Company’s portfolio of clients is primarily overseas ship/yacht owners who make use of the Company’s services for to register their vessels under the Maltese Flag. SMS Corporate Services also assists these owners with Malta Flag Crew endorsements.
The English Language Academy (ELA) is one of the founding members of Feltom, the local association in charge of language training in Malta. The Academy prides itself in being one of the leaders in the teaching of English as a foreign Language and offers general courses for any age group as well as themed specialised courses or intensive courses in Business English.
SMS Properties has a portfolio of residential and commercial properties which range from exclusive apartments to casinos and baroque palaces. The properties are spread across Europe, Asia and the U.S.
Malta Tonnage Tax Scheme 01 December 2017

Malta Tonnage Tax Scheme Approved by European Commission 

The European Commission has approved the advantageous Maltese tonnage tax scheme under EU State Aid rules, subject to commitments being given by the Malta government. The scheme is approved for a period of ten years
 
The Commission commenced an investigation into the scheme in 2012, in order to assess the scheme’s compatibility with EU State Aid rules. Certain features of the original scheme, such as tax exemptions applicable to Maltese residents, were found to be in breach of the said rules.
 
Malta therefore committed to a number of changes in order to prevent discrimination between shipping companies and to avoid undue distortions of competition on the Single Market. This included restricting the scope of the scheme to maritime transport, and to remove all tax exemptions to shareholders which were considered to amount to State Aid.
Under the scheme, a shipping company is taxed on the basis of the vessel’s net tonnage rather than the actual company profit. In particular, tonnage taxation is applied to: 
 
core revenues of the company deriving from shipping activities, such as cargo and passenger transport; 
- certain ancillary revenues of the company that are closely connected to shipping activities (which are, however, capped at a maximum of 50% of a ship's operating revenues); and 
-  company revenues from towage and dredging subject to certain conditions. 
 
If a shipping company wants to benefit from the scheme, a significant part of its fleet must fly the flag of an European Economic Area (EEA) Member State. In addition, any new entrant to the scheme must have at least 25% of its fleet subject to tonnage tax under an EEA flag.

The Commission decision endorses the amended scheme as being compatible with its EU State Aid rules, in particular the Guidelines on State Aid to Maritime Transport. Further, it stated that the incentives are appropriate to address global competition and to retain maritime jobs within the EU, while preserving competition on the Single Market.

The Malta flag ranks among the top ten ship registers worldwide. Owing to its strategic position in the centre of the Mediterranean, the wide portfolio of services available to shipowners, as well as the service levels offered to clients, Malta is a flag of choice for many shipowners and shipping companies. The relative ease of incorporation, the advantageous tonnage tax scheme and the swift and efficient ship registration process all contribute to the success of the flag.

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