Estonia shows the way with the world’s most advanced digital maritime services. Ships can be registered swiftly and remotely with no intermediary needed. Further management and monitoring are carried out online 24/7, saving time and money.
With 99% of state services online, Estonia offers prompt and reliable solutions, including digital signature and remote notarial authentication. Through e-Residency, a government-issued digital identity, entrepreneurs can start and manage an EU-based company.
Estonia is an EU member state with remarkably low corruption. We are included in the Paris MoU white list and have joined the main maritime conventions, including UN, IMO and ILO. Our flag is backed by a stable political and legal environment.
Estonia is a small country known for its can-do attitude. Besides the digital solutions, we strive to offer a personal and flexible service tailored to the client’s needs. Each shipowner gets allocated a client manager, who can answer all possible questions.
Our tonnage tax is comparable with other well known EU flag states. Seafarers’ tax regime offers benefits for the shipowners and crew alike. Estonia offers a competitive business environment with 0% income tax on retained and reinvested profits.
Social & environmental responsibility
Estonia takes pride in Nordic values, putting both people and the environment first. Our state aid scheme ensures a socially responsible environment for seafarers. Reduced tonnage tax rates offered for ships less than five years of age.