Over the past five decades, the Cyprus shipping cluster has experienced remarkable growth.

Over the past decades, the Cyprus shipping cluster has experienced remarkable growth.

Over the past five decades, the Cyprus shipping cluster has experienced remarkable growth. Cyprus is at the forefront of global shipping with a fully functional and innovative department of merchant shipping, a new EU approved tonnage tax regime and a committed resident shipping industry. 

The island is one of the largest ship management centers in the world and the Cyprus registry fleet ranks among the top 10 worldwide and among the top three in Europe. The global shipping industry faces a number of challenges, including the continued impact of the financial crisis, commodity prices, piracy attacks and environmental regulations. Nonetheless, shipping remains a critical industry to the global economy and Cyprus is expected to continue to play a prominent role as a leading maritime centre. 

KPMG in Cyprus has a dedicated team of professionals drawing on a depth of shipping knowledge and experience, who are committed to providing customized solutions to the challenges faced by our clients. Our highly qualified practitioners undergo continuous industry specific training so as to remain at the forefront of developments within the shipping industry and, together with our global network of shipping specialists, apply this expertise to the professional services offered to the maritime sector, which include:

  • Registration of shipping companies (ship owning, charterer or ship management) as well as other ancillary companies (holding/financing companies
  • Maintenance and full compliance of Cyprus registered companies
  • Audit and assurance related services
  • ISAE 3402 service reports on ship managers for communicating information to ship owners on the former’s internal controls
  • International tax planning, structuring and restructuring
  • Tonnage tax compliance services
  • Advisory services (corporate finance, valuations, mergers and acquisitions, restructurings).

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The Cyprus Shipping Regime

Cyprus, is developing into a key player in the maritime industry; through its structured administrative, legal and financial reporting framework, as well as its sound maritime infrastructure,favorable tax regime and beneficial tonnage tax system.

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Shipping Insights Briefing – Issue 3, 2015

Current mergers and acquisition (M&A) activities in the shipping and ports sector tell us two different stories: Shipping liners are focusing more on alliances and resource sharing, instead of engaging in M&A. On the other hand, M&A activity is gaining momentum within the shipping terminals sector, as investors are focusing on strategic buying options. This report looks at the rationale behind these trends.

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Transport Tracker - March/April 2015

This fourth edition focuses on M&A activities in 2014 and Q1 of 2015, impact of falling oil prices and challenges faced by logistics companies due to record e-commerce peak season.

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