Tariffs and regulations

Tariffs and duty rates are constantly revised and are subject to change without notice.

Austrade strongly recommends you reconfirm these prior to selling to the Slovak Republic.

For further information please visit the Customs Administration of the Slovak Republic website (Slovak version only).

Tariffs and non-tariff barriers

Tariff

A customs union between the Slovak and Czech Republics has been established (in accordance with GATT, Paragraph XXIV) which allows the duty free exchange of goods between the two countries free from other barriers to trade. A common external tariff (based on the previous Czechoslovakian tariff) is in place for imports from third countries entering both republics.

The external rate is a two column tariff based on the Harmonized System. Most duties are ad valorem (per cent), based on the GATT Valuation Code (approximately CIF value - Incoterms 2000).

MFN rate applies to Australian goods.

Non-tariff barriers

Import restrictions

All monopoly on foreign trade and all price controls have been abolished. Any firm or individual that is registered may now import goods from any country.

Administration of import registration and licensing is controlled by the License Office of the Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic.

Import licences are not required for most goods, although certain items are still subject to an automatic licensing system, including:

  • crude oil
  • natural gas
  • black and brown coal
  • some other chemicals
  • poisons and narcotises
  • firearms
  • some agricultural.

It is strictly forbidden to import poisons and sensitive chemicals. Import of military material, poisons and narcotises is under special procedure of personal license.

All import deposits have been removed.

Product certification, labelling and packaging

Labelling and marking

Instructions for use, description of a product (especially food) and warranty manual has to be written in Slovak.

Price bar code has to be printed on the package. Any specific requirements will be stipulated in the contract.

Special certificates

Health certificates, issued by the appropriate authority in the country of origin, are required for shipments of animals and their products and plant and vegetable products.

A special certificate issued by the Slovak State Testing Office is asked by customs officers at the border. Obtaining the certificate from a country of origin is the full responsibility of the importer.

The Slovak Republic follows EU rules.

Packaging

Goods should be securely packed, having due regard to the nature of the goods, means of transport and likely climatic conditions during transit and delivery. The outer containers should bear consignee's mark and port mark and should also be numbered (to accord with a packing list) unless their contents can be otherwise readily identified. The sales contract number and country of origin must be shown on containers.

Methods of quoting and payment

Quotations in Pound Sterling or US dollars free on board (FOB), cost and freight (C&F) and cost, insurance and freight (CIF) (Incoterms 2000). Method of payment will be stipulated in the contract - credit terms may be requested.

Documentary requirements

Commercial invoice

Note: Documentation requirements are normally detailed in each individual contract.

There is no prescribed form. A minimum of three copies is required and must contain all details relevant to the shipment, including the sales contract number.

Bill of lading

The original is required for clearing goods through customs and issued in the number of copies requested by importer. 'To Order' bills acceptable.

Packing list

Not obligatory, but facilitates clearance.

Certificate of origin

May be requested within the terms of the contract - otherwise, only required for wine and wine distillates cleared under the MFN tariff. Imported food including package has to be certified by the Slovak Testing Office prior distribution.

Public health requirements

After European Union (EU) accession import policy follows EU rules.

The Licence Authority of the Slovak Ministry of Economy must license imports of animals, animal products, plants and vegetable products. The individual items are subject to the Public Notice #15/98 and Act 576/2001 of Ministry of Economy of the Slovak Republic stipulating conditions to grant an official permit for import and exports of goods and services, and Act #147/96 of Collection.

These products from import administration point of view can be split into two groups. The first group covers live animals, foodstuffs and foodstuffs of animal origin and fodders, requires veterinary certificates by the State Veterinary Administration of the Slovak Republic. The second group, includes plants and seeds, requires phytopathological sanitary certificate and in some cases even additional declaration by FITO Service.

These certificates are issued by the approved authority in the country of origin, in Australia this is usually the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources or the State Department of Agriculture.

Specific requirements are normally stated in the sales contract and consignments undergo either a phytopathological or veterinary examination at the frontier station of entry.

Pharmaceuticals require an import licence issued by the Ministry of Health. At the same time any pharmaceutical is subject to the registration by the State Institute of Pharmaceutical Control prior to import.

Electrical appliances, toys, fireworks and cosmetics must conform to safety regulations being identical with those of EU.

Insurance

Depending on Incoterms (2000).

Weights and measures

The metric system.