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Trade Regulations

Import Tariffs

The Integrated Tariff of the European Community, referred to as TARIC (Tarif Intégré de la Communauté), is designed to show various rules applying to specific products being imported into the customs territory of the EU or, in some cases, when exported from it. To determine if a license is required for a particular product, check the TARIC.

VAT and excise taxes are payable by the recipient of goods on the basis of Czech regulations. The value-added tax (VAT) applies to all goods, both domestic and foreign, sold within the Czech Republic. The VAT rate is generally 20%, although a lower VAT of 10% is charged for selected goods, such as food and services. As part of its fiscal reforms, and in order to meet EU requirements, the government has recently moved some services up to the 20% VAT rate. VAT on imports is calculated on the declared customs value plus applicable duty and excise tax.

Trade Barriers

The Czech Republic is committed to a free market and maintains a generally open economy, with few barriers to trade and investment. Membership in the European Union means that tariffs and standards, as well as most procedures, must conform to EU norms. This includes adoption of EU technical barriers to some imports of agricultural and food products. The importer usually handles customs formalities.

Goods transported to the Czech Republic under the Community Transit regime must be declared at a customs office in the Czech Republic.

Labeling and Marking Requirements

Czech importers and distributors are responsible for the correct labeling of products that are put on the Czech market and can typically advise the U.S. exporter of specific requirements regarding labeling and marking. Czech 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. Special labeling rules for products with biotech content have recently been introduced. In addition, international norms for warning labels on consumer products apply.