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Country Information

Capital: Prague
Population: 10,504,203 (est.)
Language: Czech
Weights and Measures: Metric
Currency:

EURO (EUR) / Czech Crown

Time Zone Operates on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) 
Czech Republic GMT +1

 

 

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Trade Group Member

Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA)
International Trade Council (ITC)
World Trade Organization (WTO)
European Union Member, (EU) As a European Union Member, the free movement of goods between Member States is allowed. The current members are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Spain, United Kingdom and Croatia. EU members form a customs union that calls for free trade and the absence of customs duties and quotas on trade among members.

For further information on the European Union consult their website, http://europa.eu/Czech Republic has Bi lateral agreements with the following groups/countries:

All of the following agreements are designed to eliminate customs obstacles to mutual trade by gradual reduction of duties. Preferential duties apply to imports from countries that are parties to these agreements. The preferential duties undergo gradual reduction, generally on 1 January every year, and are to be phased out to zero duty. The duties on the import of industrial products to the Czech Republic were phased out completely as of 1 January 2001, with the duties now being zero. The preferential margins of agricultural commodities differ according to the different agreements, i.e. in dependence on the country of origin and the kind of goods. For easier orientation, all valid tariffs are clearly listed in the Czech Integrated Tariff.

Slovakia, Turkey, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and the State of Israel provide duty-free/reduced rates of duty for qualifying products originating in these countries.

ACP, African Caribbean and Pacific States provide duty-free/reduced rates of duty for qualifying products originating in these countries.

CAC, Central and Southern American Countries receiving special coverage.For agricultural products provide duty-free/reduced rates of duty for qualifying products originating in these countries.

EFTA, European Free Trade Association provides duty-free/reduced rates of duty for qualifying products originating in these countries.

OCP, the Other Countries and Territories provide duty-free/reduced rates of duty for qualifying products originating in these countries.

Czech Republic participates in conjunction with World Trade Organization (WTO) members in the World Trade Organization.

GSP, the General Systems of Preference provides duty-free/reduced rates of duty for qualifying products originating in these countries.

Czech Republic participates in the Least Developed Countries program:

LDDC, the Least Developed Developing Countries provide duty- free/reduced rates of duty for qualifying products originating in these countries.

Czech Republic participates in the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora:

CITES, the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora provides for the seizure of shipments prohibited under this agreement and the assessment of fines.

Multilateral organizations
CCT (observer), Australia Group, BIS, CCC, CE, CEI, CERN, EAPC, EBRD, ECE, EU (applicant), FAO, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IEA, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO, ITU, MONUC, NATO, NEA, NSG, OAS (observer), OECD, OPCW, OSCE, PCA, PFP, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNMEE, UNMIBH, UNMIK, UNMOP, NMOT, UNOMIG, UPU, WCL, WEU (associate), WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO, ZC

Environmental agreements
Czech Republic is a member of the KYOTO Protocol

Environmental International Agreements:
Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-Sulphur 85, Air Pollution-Sulphur 94, Air Pollution-Volatile Organic Compounds, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands signed, but not ratified: Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol

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General Import Clearance Information

Clearance Process

Working with Customs officials throughout the world, FedEx has developed innovative technology to eliminate many steps of the paperwork-handling process and expedite the movement of international shipments. Starting at the origin location, state-of-the-art technology allows the processing of shipment paperwork and electronic transmission of documents to the designated FedEx hub and destination clearance location. The Express clear system also keeps a database of regulatory information, which includes; importers' numbers, broker designations, corporate contact names and telephone numbers. At a FedEx hub, international shipments are sorted, scanned and loaded onto an international flight. Vital shipment information is keyed into a worldwide manifest database, which is linked to computer systems operated by brokers and Customs officials in many countries. Even before the plane has taken off, or while it is in the air, Customs agents and brokers at the destination airport of entry can begin examining shipping manifests, querying air waybill data if they need more details, assessing duties and taxes and selecting the shipments they wish to examine. By the time the plane arrives at its destination, many packages have already been cleared by Customs. As the plane is unloaded, the Express clear system identifies packages to be examined and prints "cleared" Customs labels for all others. Cleared shipments are transferred to trucks for immediate delivery. International shipments are scanned at all key points throughout the process, and this allows for up-to-date status reports including when Customs clearance is obtained. All goods categorized, as non-document commercial goods shipped to Czech Republic must have a proper value declared and proper description provided which should convey the shipper's intent related to the goods as well as any special processing requirements that exist for the goods shipped. Everything has a value, whether or not a transaction took place. Failure to properly document value of any goods will result in delays and or additional fees as deemed necessary in addition to warehouse fees.

The Czech Republic has petitioned to become a member of the European Union and is currently basing duty rates on such measures. Czech Republic bases its Harmonized Tariff Schedule (Nomenclature) on the TARIC (Integrated Tariff of the European Community) which is issued by the Commission and the Member States for the purpose of applying Community measures relating to import and exports, and-when necessary- to trade between member sates. The TARIC also serves as a basis for the working tariffs and tariff file of The Czech Republic and other Member States.

Czech customs values shipments at C.I.F (Cost-Insurance-Freight) prices. Shipments consigned via FedEx should have the following on the commercial invoice: CIF PRAGUE. Import duty rates are divided into two classifications: Most Favored Nation (MFN) and General. Import duties are calculated on ad valorem basis, i.e. expressed as a percentage of the value of the imported goods.

There are three primary entry types for importing into The Czech Republic:

Standard Clearance Procedure
Simplified Clearance Procedure
Simplified Declaration Procedure

Standard clearance procedure - All shipments follow this procedure regardless of value. Barring any problems or need for clarification the shipments are normally released without further examination from Customs.

Simplified clearance procedure - Document shipments and other shipments requiring nothing but an air waybill may be cleared via the simplified clearance procedure.

Simplified declaration procedure - Applies to shipments of commercial samples, gifts below 45 EURO

EU Feed & Food Products

The European Commission introduced increased controls on the import of feed and food products from Japan which might have been affected by the recent incident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Be aware that these items will certainly incur delays and possibly also additional costs due to examination and investigation of their source. Certification and advance warning is required in order to allow the processing to proceed correctly. The measure will be valid from March 27 2011 until March 31, 2014 and will be reviewed by the European Commission on a monthly basis until further notice. This applies to concerned items either originating in or consigned from Japan.

EORI Scheme

The EU legislation requires all member states to adopt the Economic Operators Registration and Identification (EORI) Scheme.

All Economic Operators (who are defined as persons natural or legal whose businesses are regulated by Customs legislation) need to use a unique EORI reference number in all electronic communications with Customs and other government agencies involved in the international movement of goods be it export, transit or import operations. 

A unique EORI number will be allocated to each Economic Operator in the EU, to be used in all member states in which they operate. This EORI will be used for making import, export and transit declarations.

Failure to provide an EORI number at the FedEx clearance locations when exporting out of, or importing in the EU in your name will result in customs clearance delays.For more information visit the EU Commission website on EORI.

Document Requirements

Several different forms of documentation may be required for shipments to Czech Republic. Exporters are required to present one original commercial invoice with two copies, one bill of lading and three copies of a certificate of origin for all shipments. Czech Customs may require validation of specific commodities prior to release from customs custody. There are other certificates required for commodities such as pharmaceutical goods foods, and some medical goods. Some of the documentation required may be:

Import Licences

Import Authorization - used to control imports that are subject to quotas.

Goods that are shipped to Czech customs area without proper import licenses or declarations are usually subject to considerable delays and risk confiscation. Prior to making shipments, exporters should ensure that the importer has obtained the necessary licenses.

Sanitary Certificates - Animal and Plant Health Inspections certificates are required from the importing country for the importation of living plant material, including plants, plant products and seeds, into the Czech Republic. Health inspection requirements also govern the importation of animals and parts of animals, including meat products, skins, hides and similar products, marine mammals, fish, crustaceans, or mollusks and parts thereof. Most of these certificates are obtained by providing the proper documentation to the Ministerstvo Zemedelstvi (Ministry of Health)

Pharmaceutical Certificates - These certificates are required by Czech Republic Customs for drugs and certain sanitary items. A standard analysis bulletin issued by the manufacturer, listing the product composition, is acceptable for customs purposes.

Bills of Lading - No special regulations

Certificates of Origin - Certificates of Origin maybe required for the importation of textile products valued at or over 45 Euro. Exceptions from this includes: textiles products falling under section XI of the Nomenclature, marked and mutilated samples; luggage made up of textile materials, canvas bags, bona-fide gifts and personal effects. The country of origin is required to be stated on the Commercial Invoice. If preferential duty is being claimed, supporting documents such as a Form A is required. 

Certificate of Origin Form A - A Certificate of Origin Form A may be required for goods under formal entry claiming preferential duty or exemption under the various agreements of Generalized System of Preferences. It should be produced at the time of entry and must be in the possession of the Importer at the time of entry. Origin of the goods must be detailed on the commercial invoice.

EUR 1 form Import - An EUR 1 form may be required for goods under formal entry claiming preferential duty or exemption under various bilateral agreements by the European Union countries and some specific countries or groups of countries. It should be produced at the time of entry and must be in possession of the Importer at the time of entry. Origin of the goods must be detailed on the commercial invoice.

EUR 1 form Export - An EUR 1 form may be compiled exporters from the European Union to some countries to claim preferential duty or exemption under the various agreements as per the above paragraph.

Quotas - Quotas have been assigned by the European Union to specific countries for specific products, which allow for the controlled importation of specific products.

Commercial Invoices - Invoices are required for all dutiable shipments relating to commercial transactions between companies and companies; companies and individuals, regardless of the value. Commercial invoices should show freight, insurance and similar charges as separate items when applicable, regardless of the INCOTERM used on the transaction. It must be in Czech for export shipments or accompanied by a translation. It can be in any official language for import shipments and, if required by customs, must be accompanied by a translation. A party who is knowledgeable of the transaction, must furnish translation, if requested.

Specific invoice details are required for a number of commodities including the following:

  • Textiles - the fabric breakdown, whether knit or woven and, for clothing articles, the gender;
  • Marked/mutilated samples - the words "mutilated samples" or " marked samples, not for resale" as applicable;
  • Software on CD's and floppy disks - The value of software must be shown separately from software support.

Dangerous Goods Certification - Some goods will, in addition to the standard documentation noted above, require DG certification i.e. Perfumes, Liquor, Chemicals, etc.

Air Waybill - An air waybill or carriers certificate (naming the consignee for customs purposes) is required as evidence of the consignee's right to make entry.

Declaration of Antiquity - A declaration must be shown on the invoice for goods over 100 years old. The statement must include the words " circa date" followed by the year of manufacture whether known or estimated.

Free Trade Zones/Warehouses

There are 11 free trade zones established in several cities throughout the Czech Republic. Materials, components and semi-finished products are exempted from customs duties or VAT if they are exported into a free trade zone. If the goods are then used in the manufacturing or processing of a final product that is then re-exported, it is also exempted from duties or VAT. Duties and VAT are applied on the declared value of the goods if they are cleared for free circulation within the Czech Republic.

Customs Valuation
The Czech Republic adheres to WTO rules on customs valuation and therefore applies the same rules of customs valuation used by other member nations. Customs valuation is based on information provided by the exporter on the commercial invoice. Duties and taxes are levied on an ad valorem basis, that is, on the basis of the declared value of the goods sold.

Import Duties
The Czech Republic has petitioned to become a member of the European Union and is currently basing duty rates on such measures. Czech Republic bases its Harmonized Tariff Schedule (Nomenclature) on the TARIC (Integrated Tariff of the European Community) which is issued by the Commission and the Member States for the purpose of applying Community measures relating to import and exports, and-when necessary- to trade between member sates. The TARIC also serves as a basis for the working tariffs and tariff file of The Czech Republic and other Member States. The Czech Republic system of duties imposed on imports is highly transparent and stable. Since export duty is not imposed on any kind of goods, the tariff system includes only import duties assessed in dependence on the kind of goods and the country of origin.

Below is a summary of the new rule for EU deminimis value that enter into effect December 1, 2008:

  • A commercial shipment over 150 Euros: duty and VAT are collected.

It is recommended that before you send Delivered Duty Paid (DDP) shipments to Czech Republic; verify the local customs/VAT requirements at the EU destination country.

Antidumping

Under strict enforcement of unfair trade laws, Customs will assess antidumping duties or countervailing duties. Antidumping duties are assessed on imported merchandise sold in The Czech Republic (EU) at less than the normal price of goods in the manufacturer's home market (also called fair market value). 

 

Excise Duties

Excise Tax

Excise taxes are imposed on the following goods produced or imported into the Czech Republic:
Fuels and lubricants, tobacco products, beer, wine and liquor. The rate is determined by the type and quantity of the product and must be paid within ten (10) days after being notified by the Customs Office of the tax amount due.
In the importation and exportation of goods the customs bodies also apply a number of other legal regulations and along with the duty they also assess and collect the value added tax and the excise tax. This concerns particularly the following legal regulations:
Act No. 16/1993 Coll. on road tax, in the reading of the later regulations
Act No. 588/1992 Coll., on VAT tax, in the reading of the later regulations
Act No. 587/1993 Coll. on excise tax, in the reading of the later regulations
Act No. 303/1993 Coll. on canceling the state tobacco monopoly and on measures connected with it, in the reading of the later regulations

Additional Duties

All goods categorized, as non-document commercial goods shipped to Czech Republic must have a proper value declared and proper description provided which should convey the shipper's intent related to the goods as well as any special processing requirements that exist for the goods shipped. Everything has a value, whether or not a transaction took place. Failure to properly document value of any goods will result in delays and or additional fees as deemed necessary in addition to warehouse fees. The Czech Republic has petitioned to become a member of the European Union and is currently basing duty rates on such measures. Czech Republic bases its Harmonized Tariff Schedule (Nomenclature) on the TARIC (Integrated Tariff of the European Community) which is issued by the Commission and the Member States for the purpose of applying Community measures relating to import and exports, and-when necessary- to trade between member sates. The TARIC also serves as a basis for the working tariffs and tariff file of The Czech Republic and other Member States.

Czech customs values shipments at C.I.F (Cost-Insurance-Freight) prices. Shipments consigned via FedEx should have the following on the commercial invoice: CIF PRAGUE. Import duty rates are divided into two classifications: Most Favored Nation (MFN) and General. Import duties are calculated on ad valorem basis, i.e. expressed as a percentage of the value of the imported goods.

There are three primary entry types for importing into The Czech Republic:

Standard Clearance Procedure
Simplified Clearance Procedure
Simplified Declaration Procedure

Standard clearance procedure - All shipments follow this procedure regardless of value. Barring any problems or need for clarification the shipments are normally released without further examination from Customs.

Simplified clearance procedure - Document shipments and other shipments requiring nothing but an air waybill may be cleared via the simplified clearance procedure.

Simplified declaration procedure - Applies to shipments of commercial samples, gifts below 45 EURO and shipments seeking duty and tax relief.

The Czech Republic system of duties imposed on imports is highly transparent and stable. Since export duty is not imposed on any kind of goods, the tariff system includes only import duties assessed in dependence on the kind of goods and the country of origin. In addition to customs tariffs, imported goods are liable to taxes (value added tax, and excise tax on some kinds of goods). In harmony with the Czech Republic's international obligations, identical rates of these taxes apply to both domestic and imported goods.

Imported goods are not legally entered until the shipment has been released by Czech Customs. Czech Customs may pull any shipment at any time for review or investigation, which could result in clearance/delivery delays. NOTE: In addition to the Customs Department, importers should contact other agencies when questions regarding particular commodities arise. For example, questions about Licensable products should be forwarded to the Ministry of Industry and Trade for import license requirements. http://www.mpo.cz
The average conventional rates of duty are given in the following table:

 

Trade average rates of duty Global (%) Agricultural products (%) Other products (%)
before Uruguay Round*) 5.9 13.1 5.3
after Uruguay Round*) 4.5 9.3 4.1

A commercial invoice is required for all shipments (except documents) with no exceptions. All shipments including documents must have a declared value into Czech Republic. NCV (No Commercial value) is not acceptable for clearance in Czech Republic.

EXCEPTIONS:

A foreign person or entity, i.e. a person domiciled or an entity having their registered address abroad, may submit a customs declaration on goods to be released for transit or temporary admission, provided that the customs office regards it as acceptable. Under the conditions mentioned above a declarant may be anybody who, in compliance with the customs regulations, is able to present the goods - to which the customs regulations are applicable - to the respective customs office, or who secures their presentation, together with all documents as stipulated by the customs regulations that regulate the regime in which the given goods are proposed. As in other administrative procedures, a declarant does not have to act in person but may appoint a representative. Such representation may be direct, if the agent acts in the name and on behalf of the represented person, or indirect, if the representative acts in his own name and on behalf of the represented person. The representative must declare his acting on behalf of the represented person and specify whether such representation is direct or indirect. A person who does not declare his acting in the name or on behalf of another person, or declares to be acting in the name or on behalf of another person without authorization is considered as a person acting in his own name or on his own behalf.

Items such laptops watches PC's, cameras, tape recorders, Camcorders, video players, CD and DVD players or other articles that may be uniquely identifiable by serial number or permanently affixed marking, should be documented on owner declaration at the Customs Office at the port of exit, at the time of export or when physically carried abroad. This declaration will expedite free entry of these items upon return. The declaration is valid for any future trips as long as the information on it remains legible. Registration must be made in person.

All return shipments will be treated similar to the process of inbound clearance. Re-export declarations must be completed and an import license obtained if required by Customs regulations. A power of Attorney and a letter sent to the Czech Customs requesting return of the shipment is required.

Customs requires a Power of Attorney from the consignee in order for FedEx to clear shipments.
Rules of origin, most frequently based on the nomenclature criteria, apply to all other cases where several countries share the manufacturing of a product. The criteria are based on the classification of goods according to the Combined Nomenclature. The often used term of acknowledging origin, the change of a tariff heading rule, can be expressed as follows: a product is original when it is classified under a four-figure number of the Nomenclature other than all non-original materials and components used for its manufacture. This basic term, however, does not suit the determination of origin in all cases. This is why in some cases it is replaced with a detailed description of the working or processing of non-original materials, which is essential for the determination of origin. Specific terms applying to all products are clearly listed in Supplement II of every protocol on the origin of goods.

Import Taxes

The Czech Republic system of duties imposed on imports is highly transparent and stable. Since export duty is not imposed on any kind of goods, the tariff system includes only import duties assessed in dependence on the kind of goods and the country of origin. In addition to customs tariffs, imported goods are liable to taxes (value added tax, and excise tax on some kinds of goods). In harmony with the Czech Republic's international obligations, identical rates of these taxes apply to both domestic and imported goods. Imported goods are not legally entered until the shipment has been released by Czech Customs. Czech Customs may pull any shipment at any time for review or investigation, which could result in clearance/delivery delays. NOTE: In addition to the Customs Department, importers should contact other agencies when questions regarding particular commodities arise. For example, questions about Licensable products should be forwarded to the Ministry of Industry and Trade for import license requirements. http://www.mpo.cz.
The average conventional rates of duty are given in the following table:

Trade average rates of duty Global (%) Agricultural products (%) Other products (%)
before Uruguay Round*) 5.9 13.1 5.3
after Uruguay Round*) 4.5 9.3 4.1

A commercial invoice is required for all shipments (except documents) with no exceptions. All shipments including documents must have a declared value into Czech Republic. NCV (No Commercial value) is not acceptable for clearance in Czech Republic.

Customs Fees

A duty and tax advancement fee of approximately 2% of the value for customs will be applied to the consignee on all dutiable shipments valued over 38.9916 EUR. Czech Customs reserves the right to inspect both import and export shipments.

Exchange Controls

There are no exchange controls

 

Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT's)

Technical barriers or non-tariff barriers to trade as they are sometimes known, can cause many problems for exporters looking for new markets for their products. These barriers can be in the form of regulations, standards, testing and certification procedures. The World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade tries to ensure that these barriers do not create unnecessary obstacles. To obtain further information on Technical Barriers to Trade as well as Notifications on technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures, go tohttp://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/tbt_e/tbt_e.htm

Labels and other documentation are required to be in the Czech Language. Very few documents or forms will be acceptable in another language.

Consular Fees

There are no consular requirements for Czech republic.

 

General Import Clearance Information

All goods categorized, as non-document commercial goods shipped to Czech Republic must have a proper value declared and proper description provided which should convey the shipper's intent related to the goods as well as any special processing requirements that exist for the goods shipped. Everything has a value, whether or not a transaction took place. Failure to properly document value of any goods will result in delays and or additional fees as deemed necessary in addition to warehouse fees. The Czech Republic has petitioned to become a member of the European Union and is currently basing duty rates on such measures. The Czech Republic has petitioned to become a member of the European Union and is currently basing duty rates on such measures. Czech Republic bases its Harmonized Tariff Schedule (Nomenclature) on the TARIC (Integrated Tariff of the European Community) which is issued by the Commission and the Member States for the purpose of applying Community measures relating to import and exports, and-when necessary- to trade between member sates. The TARIC also serves as a basis for the working tariffs and tariff file of The Czech Republic and other Member States.

Czech customs values shipments at C.I.F (Cost-Insurance-Freight) prices. Shipments consigned via FedEx should have the following on the commercial invoice: CIF PRAGUE. Import duty rates are divided into two classifications: Most Favored Nation (MFN) and General. Import duties are calculated on ad valorem basis, i.e. expressed as a percentage of the value of the imported goods.

There are three primary entry types for importing into The Czech Republic:

Standard Clearance Procedure
Simplified Clearance Procedure
Simplified Declaration Procedure

Standard clearance procedure - All shipments follow this procedure regardless of value. Barring any problems or need for clarification the shipments are normally released without further examination from Customs.

Simplified clearance procedure - Document shipments and other shipments requiring nothing but an air waybill may be cleared via the simplified clearance procedure.

Simplified declaration procedure - Applies to shipments of commercial samples, gifts below 45 EURO and shipments seeking duty and tax relief.

The Czech Republic system of duties imposed on imports is highly transparent and stable. Since export duty is not imposed on any kind of goods, the tariff system includes only import duties assessed in dependence on the kind of goods and the country of origin. In addition to customs tariffs, imported goods are liable to taxes (value added tax, and excise tax on some kinds of goods). In harmony with the Czech Republic's international obligations, identical rates of these taxes apply to both domestic and imported goods.

Imported goods are not legally entered until the shipment has been released by Czech Customs. Czech Customs may pull any shipment at any time for review or investigation, which could result in clearance/delivery delays. NOTE: In addition to the Customs Department, importers should contact other agencies when questions regarding particular commodities arise. For example, questions about Licensable products should be forwarded to the Ministry of Industry and Trade for import license requirements. http://www.mpo.cz.
The average conventional rates of duty are given in the following table:

 

Trade average rates of duty Global (%) Agricultural products (%) Other products (%)
before Uruguay Round*) 5.9 13.1 5.3
after Uruguay Round*) 4.5 9.3 4.1

A commercial invoice is required for all shipments (except documents) with no exceptions. All shipments including documents must have a declared value into Czech Republic. NCV (No Commercial value) is not acceptable for clearance in Czech Republic.

EXCEPTIONS:

A foreign person or entity, i.e. a person domiciled or an entity having their registered address abroad, may submit a customs declaration on goods to be released for transit or temporary admission, provided that the customs office regards it as acceptable. Under the conditions mentioned above a declarant may be anybody who, in compliance with the customs regulations, is able to present the goods - to which the customs regulations are applicable - to the respective customs office, or who secures their presentation, together with all documents as stipulated by the customs regulations that regulate the regime in which the given goods are proposed. As in other administrative procedures, a declarant does not have to act in person but may appoint a representative. Such representation may be direct, if the agent acts in the name and on behalf of the represented person, or indirect, if the representative acts in his own name and on behalf of the represented person. The representative must declare his acting on behalf of the represented person and specify whether such representation is direct or indirect. A person who does not declare his acting in the name or on behalf of another person, or declares to be acting in the name or on behalf of another person without authorization is considered as a person acting in his own name or on his own behalf.

Items such laptops watches PC's, cameras, tape recorders, Camcorders, video players, CD and DVD players or other articles that may be uniquely identifiable by serial number or permanently affixed marking, should be documented on owner declaration at the Customs Office at the port of exit, at the time of export or when physically carried abroad. This declaration will expedite free entry of these items upon return. The declaration is valid for any future trips as long as the information on it remains legible. Registration must be made in person.

All return shipments will be treated similar to the process of inbound clearance. Re-export declarations must be completed and an import license obtained if required by Customs regulations. A power of Attorney and a letter sent to the Czech Customs requesting return of the shipment is required.

Customs requires a Power of Attorney from the consignee in order for FedEx to clear shipments.
Rules of origin, most frequently based on the nomenclature criteria, apply to all other cases where several countries share the manufacturing of a product. The criteria are based on the classification of goods according to the Combined Nomenclature. The often used term of acknowledging origin, the change of a tariff heading rule, can be expressed as follows: a product is original when it is classified under a four-figure number of the Nomenclature other than all non-original materials and components used for its manufacture. This basic term, however, does not suit the determination of origin in all cases. This is why in some cases it is replaced with a detailed description of the working or processing of non-original materials, which is essential for the determination of origin. Specific terms applying to all products are clearly listed in Supplement II of every protocol on the origin of goods.

Value added tax (VAT)

The value-added tax (VAT) applies to all goods, both domestic and foreign, sold within the Czech Republic. The VAT rate is 21%.

Import Licenses

The Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade issues import licenses to those seeking to import selected goods into the Czech Republic. While most products and services are exempt from the licensing process, oil, natural gas, pyrotechnical products, sporting guns and ammunition require a license.

Countervailing

Countervailing duties are assessed to counter the effects of subsidies provided by a foreign government for merchandise exported to Czech Republic resulting in artificially low prices that are detrimental to Czech Republic and other European Union member states industries.

Invoice Fee

Customs in some situations will assess additional fees based on the invoices provided for a shipment. The fee is usually levied if they deem them necessary as part of the terms of entry due to the size of the shipment and the related large number of invoices provided by the shipper for his goods.

Inspection

There are no pre-inspection requirements into Czech Republic

Temporary Entry

Temporary exemptions from duty are allowed for certain items, such as merchandise samples and items for display at trade shows or exhibitions. The Czech Republic also accepts ATA carnets as a way of facilitating temporary admission through customs. For more information about obtaining a carnet for clearance of goods, samples or equipment intended for temporary entry only please contact the Ministry of Industry and Trade.http://www.mpo.cz.

Articles consigned for temporary import traveling under Carnets, goods for display, goods for demonstration, goods for exhibition, goods for repair, goods for incorporation into other articles and goods imported for further processing and re-export are not acceptable for importation into Czech Republic via FedEx IP Service. These articles require special processing and customs clearance, which are not handled under the express carrier operation commitments. Clearance delays could be experienced on entries lodged for these types of shipments.

Humanitarian Aid
Shipments for humanitarian aid require the recipient to be registered with the government as a Humanitarian organization and possess all required permissions, licenses, and documentation for each shipment.

The law is compatible with legal regulations applied in Western countries. It provides for effective control of exports and facilitates imports of these goods to the Czech Republic. The new law stresses the responsibility of exporters themselves for the reliability of their exports of sensitive kinds of goods, i.e. for preventing their abuse for the production of weapons of mass destruction. The law also emphasizes verification of the real final use of exported goods under control, and provides for the application of the exports control principle set by international control agreements and intended to prevent deliveries of goods and technologies to territories where they might be abused for military purposes. The law also creates a legal framework simplifying licensing procedures. Besides the procedure conducted individually prior to every transaction, the open individual or general licenses are allowed to be proceeded in justified cases.

Military Shipments

Act No. 38/1994 Coll. governs the control system applied to military equipment on foreign trade in military equipment and by amendments to Act No. 455/1991 Coll. on commercial activity (Trade Law) in the wording of subsequent regulations and Act No. 140/1961 Coll. (Penal Code), in the wording of subsequent regulations. Decree No. 89/1994 Coll. was issued for its implementation. This Decree contains a list of military equipment that is all but identical with the existing international list.

Diplomatic shipments

Must be transferred to a special non-FedEx Customs post for clearance. Delays and additional charges by Czech Customs may occur. U.S. companies are required to include a commercial invoice a bill of lading and a shipper's export declaration (needed for items requiring an export license or valued above 2.767.33 EUR) when exporting to the Czech Republic. In addition, the importer must issue a declaration of conformity for each product introduced to the market. Czech law specifies products that need to be certified by an accredited person before the declaration can be issued. Depending on the nature of the goods, a veterinary health certificate and/or a certificate of origin (for concessionaire customs rates, if applicable) can also be required.

Shipments sent by legal entities (companies, organizations, etc.) with a declared value of less than 100 Euro, whose contents do not require any additional permission or certification do not require an export declaration, but it must be accompanied by the shipping documents such as waybill and a commercial invoice.

Shipments by legal entities (companies, organizations, etc.) with a declared value of 100 Euro or above must have an Export declaration.

Shipments sent by private persons with a declared value of less than 100 Euro, whose contents do not require any additional permission or certification and do not require an export declaration, but it must be accompanied by the shipping documents such as waybill and a commercial invoice. Customs may at their discretion hold any export shipment for further processing.

Non-Czech or EU Citizens

Household goods and personal effects are not permitted unless consignee has an employer that is licensed to transact business in Czech Republic. The consignee must be accredited and registered with the local authorities in the CZ or he must be employed by a foreign embassy. Autos may be imported and the same requirements apply as with household goods and personal effects. The following documents are required for the importation of a motor vehicle for personal use:

Passport
Driver's License
International Insurance Policy (Green Card)
Bank guarantee of security deposit is always required
Purchase invoice

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Czech Republic Import Prohibitions

The importation of certain classes of merchandise may be prohibited or restricted to protect the economy and security of Czech Republic and other EU member states, to safeguard consumer health, well being, and to preserve domestic plant and animal life. Some commodities are also subject to an import quota or a restraint under bilateral trade agreements and arrangements. In addition to Customs requirements, many prohibited or restricted imports are subject to laws and regulations administered by other EU Government agencies for which the Czech Customs Department is the enforcer. These laws and regulations may, for example, prohibit entry; limit entry to certain points; restrict routing, storage, use; require treatment, labeling or processing as condition of release. Customs release only takes place when the additional requirements are met. These requirements apply to all importation types, including shipments made by mail. The exporter should make certain that the Czech importer has provided proper information to (1) permit the submission of necessary information concerning packing, labeling, etc. and (2) ensure that necessary arrangements have been made by the importer for entry of the merchandise into Czech Republic. 

The list of prohibited imports includes:

Checks

Pornographic materials

Liquor (Wine is acceptable from the EU countries and from third world countries up to 100 litres only)

Samples are prohibited unless commodity is specifically named on paperwork

Tobacco

Plants (materials, bulbs)

Personal foodstuff (containing products of animal origin)

Soil

All products containing the biocide dimethylfumarate (DMF)

Blood and Gelatin

Due to the risk of contamination with E coli bacteria possibly linked to the recent outbreaks in Germany and France, the emergency measure prohibits the immediate effect the importation of seeds and beans from Egypt to all EU countries. The commodities are:

Rocket sprouts
Beetroot sprouts, radish sprouts
Leguminous vegetables, shelled or unshelled, fresh or chilled
Dried leguminous vegetables, shelled, whether or not skinned or split
Soya bean sprouts
Soya beans, whether or not broken
Sugar beet seed
Lucerne (alfalfa) seed
Vegetable seeds
Mustard seeds, for sowing
Other mustard seeds
Other oil seeds and oleaginous fruits, whether or not broken
Fenugreek seed
Lucerne (alfalfa) sprouts

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General Import Restrictions

 

You are prohibited from tendering the following items for shipment to any international destinations unless otherwise indicated, and you agree not to do so. (Additional restrictions may apply depending on destination. Various regulatory clearances in addition to customs clearance may be required for certain commodities, thereby extending the transit time.)

  1. APO/FPO addresses.
  2. C.O.D. shipments.
  3. Human corpses, human organs or body parts, human and animal embryos, or cremated or disinterred human remains.
  4. Explosives (Class 1.4 explosives are acceptable for carriage to Canada, Germany, France, Japan, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. Note: United Arab Emirates only allows Class 1.4 explosives to be shipped hold-for-pickup to the FedEx Express facility in Dubai).
  5. Items resembling a bomb, hand grenade or other explosive device, except as provided in the Dangerous Goods section. This includes, but is not limited to, inert products such as novelty items, training aids and works of art.
  6. Firearms, weaponry and their parts (acceptable between the U.S. and Puerto Rico).
  7. Perishable foodstuffs and foods and beverages requiring refrigeration or other environmental control. An exception is available by contract only. Contact your FedEx account executive for information.
  8. Live animals including insects, except as provided in the Live Animals section in the FedEx Service Guide. (Call the FedEx Live Animal Desk at 1.800.405.9052).
  9. Plants and plant material, including cut flowers (cut flowers are acceptable from the U.S. to selected points in Canada and from Colombia, Ecuador and the Netherlands to the U.S.).
  10. Lottery tickets and gambling devices where prohibited by law.
  11. Money (coins, cash, currency, paper money and negotiable instruments equivalent to cash such as endorsed stocks, bonds and cash letters).
  12. Pornographic and/or obscene material.
  13. Shipments being processed under:
    1. Duty drawbacks claims unless advance arrangements are made.
    2. Temporary Import Bonds – acceptable under the FedEx International Broker Select option, for initial import only.
    3. U.S. State Department licenses
    4. Carnets
    5. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration export permit.
    6. Letters of Credit. Shipments subject to Letters of Credit are generally prohibited, with the exception of shipments subject to Letters of Credit calling for a “courier receipt”, as defined by Article 25 of UCP 600, shipped using the FedEx Expanded Service International Air Waybill.
    7. Certificate of Registration shipments (CF4455).


  14. Hazardous waste, including, but not limited to, used hypodermic needles or syringes transported for sterilization, recycling, disposal or for any other purpose, or other medical waste.
  15. Shipments that may cause damage to, or delay of, equipment, personnel or other shipments.
  16. Shipments that require us to obtain any special licenses or permit for transportation, importation or exportation.
  17. Shipments or commodities whose carriage, importation or exportation is prohibited by any law, statute or regulation.
  18. Counterfeit goods, including, but not limited to, goods under a trademark, without the approval or oversight of the registered trademark owner (also commonly referred to as "fake goods" or "knock-offs").
  19. Marijuana, as defined by U.S. federal law, 21 U.S.C. 802(16), including marijuana intended for recreational or medicinal use, and synthetic cannabinoids.
  20. Shipments with a declared value for customs in excess of that permitted for a specific destination. (See the Declared Value for Carriage and Limits of Liability section in the FedEx Service Guide).
  21. Dangerous goods except as permitted under the Dangerous Goods section of these terms and conditions.
  22. Processed or unprocessed dead animals, including insects and pets. Taxidermy-finished hunting trophies or completely processed (dried) specimens of whole animals or parts of animals are acceptable for shipment into the U.S.
  23. Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odor of any kind.
  24. Wildlife products that require U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service export clearance by FedEx prior to exportation from the U.S.
  25. In-bond shipments destined to or being withdrawn from a Foreign Trade Zone or bonded warehouse, unless the FedEx International Broker Select option is selected for U.S. import shipments, or the FedEx International Controlled Export service option is selected for U.S. export shipments.

Notwithstanding any other provision of the FedEx Service Guide, we are not liable for delay of, loss of damage to a shipment of any prohibited item. The shipper agrees to indemnity FedEx for any and all costs, fees and expenses FedEx incurs as a result of the shipper's violation of any local, state or federal laws or regulations or from tendering any prohibited item for shipment.

You may be able to ship these items via FedEx International Controlled Export, FedEx International Premium, FedEx International Express Freight (IXF) or FedEx International Airport-to-Airport (ATA). For information on FedEx International Controlled Export, call International Customer Service at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say "international services"). For information on the other services listed call FedEx Express Freight Customer Service at 1.800.332.0807.

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Czech Republic Restrictions

Certain veterinary and plant materials Freon, non-registered

Pharmaceuticals

Chemicals

Dangerous Goods

Dry Ice

Radioactives

Communistic materials

Biological products

Explosives

Drugs/Narcotics

Psychotropic substances

Gold jewelry

Nuclear weapons

Commercial motor vehicles

Food, non-perishable

Liquor, non-hazardous

Non personal automobiles

An EU-wide ban has been placed on the commercial import of all Seals, Walruses and Sea Lion products. Any products containing such items (either processed or unprocessed, deriving or obtained from seals, walruses and sea lions, including meat, oil, blubber, organs, fur skins and raw fur skins, tanned or dressed including fur skins assembled in plates, crosses and similar forms, and articles made from fur skins) unless you have a permitted exemption that is subject to customs declaration requirement. For further information, please contact your local FedEx Customer Service Representative


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Special Import Provisions

In view of its status as a member of the WTO, the Czech Republic applies no special import provisions.

 

Personal Effects

Personal belongings of Czech Republic citizen and EU residents are entitled entry free of duty. Personal belongings taken abroad, such as worn clothing, etc. may be shipped back to Czech and receive free entry provided they have not been altered or repaired while abroad and prior ownership can be proven. The shipping documents should be clearly marked "Czech Republic Goods Returned" with the reason why clearly stated and with the goods identified as personal effects.

Items such laptops watches PC's, cameras, tape recorders, Camcorders, video players, CD and DVD players or other articles that may be uniquely identifiable by serial number or permanently affixed marking, should be documented on owner declaration at the Customs Office at the port of exit, at the time of export or when physically carried abroad. This declaration will expedite free entry of these items upon return. The declaration is valid for any future trips as long as the information on it remains legible. Registration must be made in person.

Samples

Samples are acceptable to Czech Republic and will be exempt for all Duty and VAT provided that they meet the following criteria:

If they have been mutilated. Mutilated goods must have a large hole cut in a prominent location on the outer side of the article so as to make it usable only as a sample. Cutting a sleeve off a shirt, a hole in the front of the garment, or hole in the sole of a single shoe so as to make it unusable is recommended.

The shipper's documents, preferably the commercial invoice provided should state that the article(s) is a mutilated sample- not for resale or other use. A certificate of origin will not be required for import; only a standard airway bill or bill of lading and commercial invoice will be needed.

 

Gifts

Articles consigned as "Unsolicited gifts" are acceptable and will be allowed entry free of any duty or VAT providing the shipment is valued at less than 45 EURO originated from and consigned to an individual, and are individually wrapped. Multiple gifts can be consigned in one shipment so long as the individual parcels enclosed are individually tagged with the recipients name, are individually wrapped and the value does not exceed the per person limit of 45 EURO. Shipments consigned to companies as gifts for an individual may be denied entry as gifts and will be subject to full duty and VAT. Generally, most articles can be consigned as gifts, except those articles noted prohibited or restricted for import (see General Import Prohibitions and Restrictions).

Unsolicited gifts sent by people abroad to friends in the Czech Republic or imported personally by persons who are not residents of Czech, as gift for friends are not subject to duty or taxes. Gifts are limited to a maximum of 45 EURO. Gifts exceeding this amount will be assessed all normal duty and tax and must meet all entry requirements up to and including licenses and certificates, etc. Advertising matter, tobacco, alcoholic beverages, perfumes, coffee, tea and software are excluded from the gift provisions.


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Standards

The Czech Republic has begun accession negotiations with the European Union and as such is in the process of harmonizing its standards based on European and international norms. In this regard, the ISO 9000 series of standards are being used increasingly in the Czech Republic as evidence of high product quality. Domestically, the "Czech Made" mark is the award give to products, which are judged to be of outstanding quality, environmentally friendly and favorable to energy consumption. A product that meets the standards and certification requirements of any other EU country can be imported and sold in Czech without further testing.
Labeling and marking requirements for products depend on the type of product and the intended use. In general, however, labels must be in the Czech language and can be affixed to the product or on a leaflet attached to the product. Information must include the name of the product, name of producer, country of origin, and in some cases, instructions for use. Labels for some products, such as foods: Beverages, Food supplements, Textiles

Labeling and Marking Requirements

Labeling and marking requirements for products depend on the type of product and the intended use. In general, however, labels must be in the Czech language and can be affixed to the product or on a leaflet attached to the product. Information must include the name of the product, name of producer, country of origin, and in some cases, instructions for use. Labels for some
Products, such as foods, beverages, food supplements and textiles must also provide content/composition. In addition, international norms for warning labels on consumer products are expected. Czech labeling requirements are almost completely harmonized with EU regulations; the process should be finished in 1999. Czech importers/distributors are responsible for the correct labeling of products that are put on the Czech market.

Language

Labels and other documentation are required to be in the Czech Language. Very few documents or forms will be in another language. License requirement The Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade issues import licenses to those seeking to import selected goods into the Czech Republic. Customs also require a power of attorney prior to the clearance of shipments via FedEx Express. Textiles, pharmaceutical products, perfumes and alcohol are required to have the labels in Czech

Product Markings

The CE Marking is required to be displayed on regulated products offered for commercial sale on the European market. It indicates that a product complies with applicable European Directives related to health, safety, environment and consumer protection. Because the CE Marking identifies products that meet a common set of criteria established and adopted by the 15 CE members, the CE Marking on your products will permit them to move freely in commerce throughout the European market

Compliance

All importers or exporters must be in compliance with the customs regulations. They must be able to present the goods - to which the customs regulations are applicable - to the respective customs office, or who secures their presentation, together with all documents as stipulated by the customs regulations that regulate the regime in which the given goods are proposed..

 

 
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General Export Clearance Information

Clearance Process

Exporters are required to present one original commercial invoice with two copies, one bill of lading and three copies of a certificate of origin for all shipments. 

Bills of Lading- No special regulations

EUR 1 form Export - An EUR 1 form may be compiled exporters from the European Union to some countries to claim preferential duty or exemption under the various agreements as per the above paragraph.

Quotas - Quotas have been assigned by the European Union to specific countries for specific products, which allow for the controlled importation of specific products.

Commercial Invoices - Invoices are required for all dutiable shipments relating to commercial transactions between companies and companies; companies and individuals, regardless of the value. Commercial invoices should show freight, insurance and similar charges as separate items when applicable, regardless of the INCOTERM used on the transaction. It must be in Czech for export shipments or accompanied by a translation. It can be in any official language for import shipments and, if required by customs, must be accompanied by a translation. A party who is knowledgeable of the transaction, must furnish translation, if requested.

Specific invoice details are required for a number of commodities including the following:

 

  • Textiles - the fabric breakdown, whether knit or woven and, for clothing articles, the gender;
  • Marked/mutilated samples - the words "mutilated samples" or " marked samples, not for resale" as applicable;
  • Software on CD's and floppy disks - The value of software must be shown separately from software support.

Dangerous Goods Certification - Some goods will, in addition to the standard documentation noted above, require DG certification i.e. Perfumes, Liquor, Chemicals, etc.

Air Waybill - An air waybill or carriers certificate (naming the consignee for customs purposes) is required as evidence of the consignee's right to make entry.

Declaration of Antiquity - A declaration must be shown on the invoice for goods over 100 years old. The statement must include the words " circa date" followed by the year of manufacture whether known or estimated.

Free Trade Zones/Warehouses

There are 11 free trade zones established in several cities throughout the Czech Republic. Materials, components and semi-finished products are exempted from customs duties or VAT if they are exported into a free trade zone. If the goods are then used in the manufacturing or processing of a final product that is then re-exported, it is also exempted from duties or VAT. Duties and VAT are applied on the declared value of the goods if they are cleared for free circulation within the Czech Republic.


Document Requirements
Exporting from Czech Republic requires:
Exports Compliance
Knowledge of your commodity
Proper Documentation


An Export declaration may be required for some shipments and must be presented prior to shipment being exported. Export documentation requirements vary depending on the value of the goods, destination of the shipment and if the goods are controlled, prohibited or regulated. Goods that must be reported require:

 

  • Bill of lading

  • Air waybill,

  • SAD (Single Administrative Document) export declaration

  • Commercial or a pro-forma invoice

  • Export permits

  • Certificate,

  • Licenses required for controlled, prohibited or regulated goods

All controlled, regulated commodities require an export permit regardless of the value. It is extremely important that all documents tendered for export clearance processing are accurate in every way. Incomplete or inaccurate documentation may result in lengthy delays in customs processing and may result in warehousing and other customs fees. Some shipments leaving Czech Republic may also require a veterinary certificate and or a certificate of origin.

All shipments of wool textile shipments to the United States and Canada require an export license issued by the Ministry of Trade, Ministry of Health or the Ministry of Agriculture. An export license is also required when exporting toxic commodities, steel and steel products, precious metals, raw wood and wood products. Raw all return of inbound shipments will be treated similar to the process of inbound clearance. Re-export declaration must be completed and an import license obtained if required by Customs regulations. A power of Attorney and a letter sent to the Czech Customs requesting return of the shipment.

Export Controls

The Czech Republic adheres to international export controls and works in close cooperation with the United States and other Western countries in implementing export controls on certain sensitive technologies. Since export duty is not imposed on any kind of goods, the tariff system includes only import duties assessed in dependence on the kind of goods and the country of origin.


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Czech Republic Export Prohibitions

Prohibitions include but are not limited to: Narcotics
Radioactives
Explosives
Passports
Identification cards including Military
Weapons
Ammunition
Knives
Military Equipment
Poisons
Inflammables
Currency and Cash equivalents
Lottery Tickets
Cancelled Checks
Stocks and Bonds


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General Export Restrictions

You are prohibited from tendering the following items for shipment to any international destinations unless otherwise indicated, and you agree not to do so. (Additional restrictions may apply depending on destination. Various regulatory clearances in addition to customs clearance may be required for certain commodities, thereby extending the transit time.)

  1. APO/FPO addresses.
  2. C.O.D. shipments.
  3. Human corpses, human organs or body parts, human and animal embryos, or cremated or disinterred human remains.
  4. Explosives (Class 1.4 explosives are acceptable for carriage to Canada, Germany, France, Japan, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. Note: United Arab Emirates only allows Class 1.4 explosives to be shipped hold-for-pickup to the FedEx Express facility in Dubai).
  5. Items resembling a bomb, hand grenade or other explosive device, except as provided in the Dangerous Goods section. This includes, but is not limited to, inert products such as novelty items, training aids and works of art.
  6. Firearms, weaponry and their parts (acceptable between the U.S. and Puerto Rico).
  7. Perishable foodstuffs and foods and beverages requiring refrigeration or other environmental control. An exception is available by contract only. Contact your FedEx account executive for information.
  8. Live animals including insects, except as provided in the Live Animals section in the FedEx Service Guide. (Call the FedEx Live Animal Desk at 1.800.405.9052).
  9. Plants and plant material, including cut flowers (cut flowers are acceptable from the U.S. to selected points in Canada and from Colombia, Ecuador and the Netherlands to the U.S.).
  10. Lottery tickets and gambling devices where prohibited by law.
  11. Money (coins, cash, currency, paper money and negotiable instruments equivalent to cash such as endorsed stocks, bonds and cash letters).
  12. Pornographic and/or obscene material.
  13. Shipments being processed under:
    1. Duty drawbacks claims unless advance arrangements are made.
    2. Temporary Import Bonds – acceptable under the FedEx International Broker Select option, for initial import only.
    3. U.S. State Department licenses
    4. Carnets
    5. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration export permit.
    6. Letters of Credit. Shipments subject to Letters of Credit are generally prohibited, with the exception of shipments subject to Letters of Credit calling for a “courier receipt”, as defined by Article 25 of UCP 600, shipped using the FedEx Expanded Service International Air Waybill.
    7. Certificate of Registration shipments (CF4455).


  14. Hazardous waste, including, but not limited to, used hypodermic needles or syringes transported for sterilization, recycling, disposal or for any other purpose, or other medical waste.
  15. Shipments that may cause damage to, or delay of, equipment, personnel or other shipments.
  16. Shipments that require us to obtain any special licenses or permit for transportation, importation or exportation.
  17. Shipments or commodities whose carriage, importation or exportation is prohibited by any law, statute or regulation.
  18. Counterfeit goods, including, but not limited to, goods under a trademark, without the approval or oversight of the registered trademark owner (also commonly referred to as "fake goods" or "knock-offs").
  19. Marijuana, as defined by U.S. federal law, 21 U.S.C. 802(16), including marijuana intended for recreational or medicinal use, and synthetic cannabinoids.
  20. Shipments with a declared value for customs in excess of that permitted for a specific destination. (See the Declared Value for Carriage and Limits of Liability section in the FedEx Service Guide).
  21. Dangerous goods except as permitted under the Dangerous Goods section of these terms and conditions.
  22. Processed or unprocessed dead animals, including insects and pets. Taxidermy-finished hunting trophies or completely processed (dried) specimens of whole animals or parts of animals are acceptable for shipment into the U.S.
  23. Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odor of any kind.
  24. Wildlife products that require U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service export clearance by FedEx prior to exportation from the U.S.
  25. In-bond shipments destined to or being withdrawn from a Foreign Trade Zone or bonded warehouse, unless the FedEx International Broker Select option is selected for U.S. import shipments, or the FedEx International Controlled Export service option is selected for U.S. export shipments.
Notwithstanding any other provision of the FedEx Service Guide, we are not liable for delay of, loss of damage to a shipment of any prohibited item. The shipper agrees to indemnity FedEx for any and all costs, fees and expenses FedEx incurs as a result of the shipper's violation of any local, state or federal laws or regulations or from tendering any prohibited item for shipment.

You may be able to ship these items via FedEx International Controlled Export, FedEx International Premium, FedEx International Express Freight (IXF) or FedEx International Airport-to-Airport (ATA). For information on FedEx International Controlled Export, call International Customer Service at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say "international services"). For information on the other services listed call FedEx Express Freight Customer Service at 1.800.332.0807.

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Czech Republic Restrictions

Certain veterinary and plant materials

Freon, non-registered

Pharmaceuticals

Chemicals

Dangerous Goods

Dry Ice

Radioactives

Communistic materials

Biological products

Explosives

Drugs/Narcotics

Psychotropic substances

Gold jewelry

Nuclear weapons

Commercial motor vehicles

Food, non-perishable

Liquor, non-hazardous

Non personal automobiles


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Regulatory Contact Information

Branch or Agency Name Areas of Responsibility

Celni sprava(Czech Customs)
Urad vlady CR
Nabrezi Edvarda Benese 4
Praha 1, PSC 11801
Tel: (+420 2) 2181 2557
Fax: (+420 2) 2231 3933

  • Levies duty and taxes
  • Inspects shipments
  • Regulatory controls on imports and exports
  • Import and export clearance

Ministerstvo Zemedelstvi(Ministry of Agriculture)
Urad vlady CR
Nabrezi Edvarda Benese 4
Praha 1, PSC 11801
Tel (+420 2) 2181 2557
Fax: (+420 2) 2231 3933

  • Distribute rules and regulations on quarantine and inspections of seeds, pesticides, some medicines and fertilizers
  • Issues some permits and licenses
  • Controls the inspection of exported commodities such as seeds, soil and pesticides
  • Regulates the safety of Water

Ministerstvo zdravotnictvi(Ministry of Health)
Urad vlady CR
Nabrezi Edvarda Benese 4
Praha 1, PSC 11801
Tel: (+420 2) 2181 2679
Fax: (+420 2) 2231 3933

  • Medicaments and drugs
  • Issues Drug Import Inspection Certificate
  • Develops health policy
  • Enforces health regulations
  • Consumer protection and food policy
  • Health care including cosmetics

Ceska zemedelska a potravinarská inspekce(Ministry of Food)
Urad vlady CR
Nabrezi Edvarda Benese 4
Praha 1, PSC 11801
Tel: (+420 2) 2181 2557
Fax: (+420 2) 2231 3933

  • Food stuff labeling
  • Consumer protection
  • Inspection of safety standards of food and food products

Ministerstvo zivotniho prostredi(Ministry of Environment)
Urad vlady CR
Nabrezi Edvarda Benese 4
Praha 1, PSC 11801
Tel: (+420 2) 2181 2557
Fax: (+420 2) 2231 3933

  • Protects natural habitat
  • Controls the policy on chemicals and pesticides
  • Controls the policy on protecting the public

Ministerstvo spravedlnosti (Ministry of Security)
Urad vlady CR
Nabrezi Edvarda Benese 4
Praha 1, PSC 11801
Tel: (+420 2) 2181 3030
Fax: (+420 2) 2231 3933

  • Regulates the military
  • Regulates guidelines for the general public
  • Distribute the policy for national security for the Czech republic

Ministerstvo kultury (Ministry of Culture & Tourism)
Urad vlady CR
Nabrezi Edvarda Benese 4
Praha 1, PSC 11801
Tel: (+420 2) 2181 2557
Fax: (+420 2) 2231 3933

  • Promote tourism and support the Chamber of Commerce
  • Issues certifications for authenticity of goods
Ministerstvo vnitra(Ministry of Military/Munitions)
Urad vlady CR
Nabrezi Edvarda Benese 4
Praha 1, PSC 11801
Tel: (+420 2) 2181 2679
Fax: (+420 2) 2231 3933
  • Armed services and defenses
  • Control trade of Dual use items
  • Controls trade of Munitions
  • Regulates arms and ammunitions

Ministerstvo vnitra(Ministry of Drugs & Narcotics)
Urad vlady CR
Nabrezi Edvarda Benese 4
Praha 1, PSC 11801
Tel: (+420 2) 2181 2557
Fax: (+420 2) 2231 3933

  • Controlled drugs and medicine

Ministerstvo vnitra(Ministry of Drugs & Narcotics)
Urad vlady CR
Nabrezi Edvarda Benese 4
Praha 1, PSC 11801
Tel: (+420 2) 2181 2557
Fax: (+420 2) 2231 3933

  • Controlled drugs and medicine

Celni sprava
(Ministry of Chemical Precursors)

Urad vlady CR
Nabrezi Edvarda Benese 4
Praha 1, PSC 11801
Tel: (+420 2) 2181 2557
Fax: (+420 2) 2231 3933

  • Chemicals

CITES
Urad vlady CR
Nabrezi Edvarda Benese 4
Praha 1, PSC 11801
Tel: (+420 2) 2181 3030
Fax: (+420 2) 2231 3933

  • Endangered species

Ministerstvo zdravotnictvi
(Ministry of Standards)

Nabrezi Edvarda Benese 4,
Praha 1, PSC 118 01
Tel: (+420 2) 2181 2557
Fax: (+420 2) 2231 3933

  • Marking and testing of commodities
  • Issues certificates
  • Write standards of conformity
  • Approves testing laboratories
  • Publish written industry standards

Urad vlady CR
Nabrezi Edvarda Benese 4
Praha 1, PSC 11801
Tel: (+420 2) 2181 2679
Fax: (+420 2) 2231 3933

  • Control televised information
  • Approve all written material

Ministerstvo Financi(Ministry of Finance)
Urad vlady CR
Nabrezi Edvarda Benese 4
Praha 1, PSC 11801
Tel: (+420 2) 2181 2557
Fax: (+420 2) 2231 3933

  • Issues licenses and permits
  • Issues certifications of some commodities

Ministerstvo zahranicnich veci
(Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Urad vlady CR
Nabrezi Edvarda Benese 4
Praha 1, PSC 11801
Tel: (+420 2) 2181 3030
Fax: (+420 2) 2231 3933

  • Promotes trade agreements
  • Controls Preferential and Bi lateral agreements
  • Controls denied parties severances

Ministerstvo prumyslu a obchodu
(Ministry of Industry & Trade)

Urad vlady CR
Nabrezi Edvarda Benese 4
Praha 1, PSC 11801
Tel: (+420 2) 2181 2557
Fax: (+420 2) 2231 3933

  • Responsible for the control and performance licenses and permits
  • Control the ministry's activities related to the application of the licensing system for several organizations

EUROPA (Europa)

  • Oversee and distribute intra Europe
  • Regulatory information Armed services

United Nations

  • Regulates and issues universal sanctions and embargoes

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