Tariffs and regulations

Tariffs and non-tariff barriers

Tariffs

The Czech Republic is a member of the customs union, allowing the duty free exchange of goods free from other barriers to trade.

The customs rate is a two-column tariff based on the Harmonised System. Most duties are ad valorem (per cent), based on the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) Valuation Code (approximately cost, insurance and freight (CIF) value - Incoterms 2000). Most favoured nation (MFN) rate applies to Australian goods.

Most imports from the non-European Union (EU) countries are subject to rates of duty ranging from nil to 15 per cent, with the average rate around five per cent.

For more information contact the Customs Administration of the Czech Republic.

Non-tariff barriers

The Czech Republic is a member of the EU and EU rules and directives need to be respected.

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 Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic.

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

  • electric power
  • steel
  • crude oil
  • natural gas
  • some other chemicals
  • firearms
  • narcotics
  • some agricultural and food products.

Special certificates

Some products require certification before a declaration of conformity can be issued. Depending on the nature of the goods, a veterinary health certificate and/or a certificate of origin (for concessionary customs rates, if applicable) may also be required. Products containing genetically modified organisms require special approvals.