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20.08.2015

HSK jetties again fully booked for the Helsinki Boat Afloat Show. New boat registrations growing.

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Free for publication 20.8.2015 at 11.00 hrs

The Helsinki Boat Afloat Show is been organised for the eighteenth time at the Helsingfors Segelklubb (HSK) in Lauttasaari. All in all, the 38th boat-afloat show organised in Helsinki will again fill the jetties and land-based sites with boats and other marine industry products. There are 259 boats on show, of which 21 are sailboats. A total of 124 exhibitors are participating in the event.

New boat registrations in Finland on the increase

Based on National Boat Register statistics, the number of boats subject to mandatory registration (i.e. over 20 hp; more than 5,5m) can be considered a fair indication of total consumer sales. According to the figures, 3093 boats were registered by the end of July (+2,3%).

Registered boats can principally be divided as follows:

       
motorboats     2523 units
personal watercraft     470 units
rubber inflatable boats (RIBs)     47 units
sailboats     12 units

The trade in small craft, i.e. those not subject to mandatory registration, can be indicated on the basis of wholesale delivery statistics. According to that, 2993 boats (including rowing boats) under 4,5 meter of length, were delivered (- 5 %).

Boat exports

For the period January to May, the value of Finnish Marine Industry exports (based on customs' statistics) increased by 7,3% to EUR 74,3 million. The main export destinations were again Norway and Sweden. In unit terms, total exports for the same period fell by 4,4 %, i.e. the average size of boats increased slightly. Customs' authority statistics indicate that a total of 4268 boats were exported during the above-mentioned period.

Boat exports to the five main export destinations for January-May were as follows:

    million   units
1. Norway   31,3 (+31,2 %)   1847
2. Sweden   25,3 (+15,3 %)   1765
3. UK   3,8 (+189,7 %)   59
4. Germany   2,7 (-18,1 %)   120
5. Russia   2,6 (-59 %)   141

Boat imports

In value terms, boats imported for the period January-May were mainly from Poland (EUR 2,4 m, i.e. 81 units) followed by the UK (EUR 2,1 m, 3 units) and Sweden (EUR 0,8 m, 23 units). In all, boat imported during the period in question were valued at EUR 15,9 m (+15 %).

Outboard engines

At this stage, outboard engine statistics are available at the wholesale delivery level for the January-June period only. In total, 16997 engines were delivered via Finnish importers (i.e. Finland + re-exports). When compared with the same period last year this represents a fall of 23,3 %. Of the total, 8738 (-15,4 %) were delivered on the domestic market.

Based on data supplied by Finnboat member enterprises, 2014 turnover for the marine industry and trade as a whole was approximately 460 m EUR (VAT 0 %). Of this sum, industry exports (i.e. boats and equipment) accounted for some 198 m EUR.

For further information, please contact:
CEO Jouko Huju
tel. +358-40-5509310,
Finnish Marine Industries Federation Finnboat
Käenkuja 8 A 47
00500 Helsinki
www.finnboat.fi

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