Guide to Sending Parcels to the Czech Republic

Canadian visitors to the Czech Republic feel at home hiking in its forests and slapping pucks on its ice rinks. But being in the path of invaders and conquerors for centuries, the Czech Republic has a complex history that has led it to being an advanced industrial nation.

So, it is no surprise that in this small, landlocked country in the middle of Europe, 88% of its 10 million people use a very fast internet service to increasingly shop online.

Information for this page was taken from the Customs Administration of the Czech Republic.

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Easy Tracking Information

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Tracking #:780123123123
Tel: 1-800-463-3339
Signed By: Pikwalia @ Residence
May 13, 2021
8:49 am
Tabor, TA, CR
Delivered
May 12, 2021
7:18 am
Prague, PR, CR
In transit
May 11, 2021
9:03 pm
Olomouc, OL, CR
International Clearance
May 11, 2021
8:14 am
Karlovy Vary, KV, CR
In transit
May 11, 2021
12:17 am
Toronto, ON, CA
In transit
May 10, 2021
4:30 pm
Ottawa, ON, CA
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Disclaimer!

While we have made every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, Customs laws and procedures change regularly so it is important to consult a licensed broker in the Czech Republic before shipping any goods.

Types of Shipments

Not all types of shipments are created equal. Shipping a television will require different paperwork, duties, and taxes than shipping an accounting statement, for example.
Shipping Documents Only Image to the Czech Republic

Documents Only

The Czech Republic considers the following as documents if the shipment weighs under 2 kg.

  • Diplomas
  • Driver's licence
  • Examination papers
  • Gift cards
  • Visa applications

The following items may be shipped as documents if they abide by the conditions listed.

Item Restriction
Airline tickets Only if validated
Annual reports Only for intercompany use or shareholders
Bids and blueprints Only if they have no commercial value and are intended to win an order or competition
Brochures Only if distributed free of charge from foreign governments or international organisations
Business cards Maximum of 15 cards
Cheques Only if personalised
Credit Cards Only if personalised to the card owner
Greeting cards and invitations Only if personalised
Negatives Only if sent to a publishing or press agency and the value DOES NOT include editorial charges
Newsletters Only if sent as an inter-company shipment without any commercial value
Newspapers Only for non-commercial purposes
Stationery Stationery must be personalised and in an amount appropriate for non-commercial use
Technical manuals Number of manuals must be appropriate for the purpose of the shipment
Traveller's cheques Only if personalised

Sources:
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_US

Shipping Gifts to the Czech Republic

Shipping Gifts

Gift shipments from a private individual in Canada to a private individual in the Czech Republic will be duty and VAT free providing its value is no more than €45 (about $70 CAD).

Gift shipments that qualify for duty and tax exemption are those that:

  • Are of an occasional nature
  • Are for the personal use of the recipient or his or her family
  • Are in an amount appropriate for the size of the owner's household

Gifts may be tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, perfumes and toilet waters up to the limits stated here.


NOTE:

  • Shipments over €45 (about $70 CAD) will incur VAT only on the amount over €45 plus on the amount of the transportation cost of the parcel.
  • For a shipment up to a value of €700 (about $1050 CAD), the duty rate will be a flat 2.5% providing there is no monetary exchange between the sender and recipient.

Shipments from Individual-to-Individual

A gift shipment to an individual in the Czech Republic from an individual in Canada may be shipped duty and VAT free if its value is a maximum of €45 (about $70 CAD).

Gift shipments may include perfumes, toilet waters, alcoholic beverages, and tobacco products up to the limits stated here.

Shipments from Business-to-Business

Gift shipments from a business in Canada to a business in the Czech Republic will incur duty and VAT. There are no exemptions.

Shipments from Business-to-Individual

Gift shipments from a business in Canada to an individual in the Czech Republic will incur duty and VAT. There are no exemptions.


Gift Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • The words 'Gift Shipment' or 'Unsolicited Gift' are included on the commercial invoice, even if the shipment is sent at Christmas time (see sample)
  • List the items in the parcel and write the value of each
  • Sending more than one gift in the parcel? Wrap and tag each one individually.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Václav Havel
Ostrovní 129/13
110 00 Praha 1
Czechia

Phone: +420 222 220 1123
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal Shipment / Gift Shipment

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 10 May 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift Shipment: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $79.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $79.99
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge


Multiple Gifts in One Shipment

If there are multiple gifts in a shipment that are over €45 (about $70 CAD), duty and tax will be exempt on the item(s) if they add up to a maximum of €45. However, an item's value cannot be split to increase the value from exemption to €45.

For example, if a shipment has 2 gifts valued at €40 and €10 each. The maximum exemption allowed is €40; €5 cannot be added to the €40 gift from the €10 gift.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Václav Havel
Ostrovní 129/13
110 00 Praha 1
Czechia

Phone: +420 222 220 1123
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Unsolicited Gift: Consolidated Gift Package

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 10 May 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift - Roger: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $39.99
1 Each Gift - Erica: Handwoven French Canadian Catalogne Blanket

CA $49.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $89.98
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Sources:
https://www.ceskaposta.cz/en/sluzby/celni-rizeni/faq-caste-otazky-k-celnimu-rizeni
https://www.celnisprava.cz/en/clo/informace-pro-fyzicke-osoby/Pages/information-of-the-customs-administration-of-the-czech-republic-for-travellers-regarding-modifications-as-regards-imports-o.aspx#_Quantity_Limits_for
https://www.celnisprava.cz/en/clo/postal/Pages/default.aspx
https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/sites/taxation/files/guidance_on_import_and_export_of_low_value_consignments_final.pdf


Shipping personal effects/belongings to the Czech Republic

Shipping Personal Effects

Personal effects can be shipped to the Czech Republic from Canada exempt from duty charges providing:

  • They have been owned by the shipper for at least 6 months before he or she left Canada
  • They will be used in the same way in the Czech Republic as they were in Canada
  • The person shipping the goods has lived in Canada for a continuous period of 12 months
  • They remain in possession of the owner for at least 12 months from when they arrived in the Czech Republic

A shipment may include portable instruments and devices required for the person's occupation; however, this DOES NOT apply to alcoholic beverages and tobacco products - they will incur duty.


Moving Temporarily

Students

Students may ship their personal effects to the Czech Republic from Canada exempt from duty fees.

Allowed duty free items in a shipment include:

  • Household effects
  • Clothing and footwear
  • Educational materials

NOTE:

The student will have to present the following documents:

  • A declaration that the goods are for the education and personal use of the student
  • A list of the items being shipped
  • A certificate indicating registration in an educational facility
Non-Students

Personal effects of non-students can be shipped to the Czech Republic from Canada exempt from duty charges providing:

  • The person shipping the goods has lived in Canada for a continuous period of 12 months
  • The effects have been owned by the shipper for at least 6 months before he or she left Canada
  • The goods will serve the same function in the Czech Republic as they did in Canada

A shipment may not include alcoholic beverages and tobacco products. However, portable instruments and devices required for the person's occupation are allowed and will be duty free.


Moving Permanently

There is no information at this time regarding shipping personal effects because of a permanent move to the Czech Republic.


Personal Effects Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided
  • For students, provide documentation that the personal effects are for the education and use of the student
  • Students need a proof of attendance at an educational institution in the Czech Republic

Sources:
https://www.celnisprava.cz/en/clo/informace-pro-fyzicke-osoby/Pages/moving-of-natural-persons.aspx
https://www.ceskaposta.cz/en/sluzby/celni-rizeni/ocekavate-zasilku-ze-zahranici

Sample Commercial Invoice for Personal Effects

Ship To Invoice
Václav Havel
Ostrovní 129/13
110 00 Praha 1
Czechia

Phone: +420 222 220 1123
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal effects being delivered to my new address.

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 10 May 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
5 Pairs Personal Effects: 5 pairs of various types of shoes

IN $40.00
1 Each Personal Effects: Arc'terix Winter Jacket

CA $478.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Personal Effects
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $678.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Food, Chocolate, Candies to the Czech Republic

Food, Chocolate, Candies

There are strict controls governing the shipment of animal, dairy, and plant products into the European Union in order to prevent the spread of diseases and potentially harm agricultural production.

You May Ship

  • Infant formula and baby food*
  • Special foods required for medical reasons*
  • Honey*
  • Baked goods (providing they do not contain animal products)
  • Chocolate
  • Confectionary
  • Olives stuffed with fish

*Maximum of 2 kg and in unopened packages

Do Not Ship

  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Seeds
  • Meat and its byproducts
  • Milk and dairy products

Food, Chocolate, Candies Checklist
  • Clearly indicate 'Food' on the commercial invoice in the General Description or Remarks section (see sample)
  • Ensure that your food, chocolate, or candies may be imported into the country
  • You are not shipping commercial quantities (for any duty & tax exemption)
  • Check with your carrier that they will accept food shipments

Sources:
https://en.svscr.cz/personal-imports/
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32019R2122&qid=1577110273334

Sample Commercial Invoice for Food, Chocolate, Candies

Ship To Invoice
Václav Havel
Ostrovní 129/13
110 00 Praha 1
Czechia

Phone: +420 222 220 1123
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Food Shipment - Assorted chocolate bars in their original manufacturer's packaging

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 10 May 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Nestle Chocolate Bars in original packaging expiring May 2021 (shelf life of 6 months or longer)

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent / Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Promotional Material to the Czech Republic

Samples

Samples are shipped to promote sales and advertise products.

Commercial samples with little or no value may enter the Czech Republic exempt from duty providing their sole purpose is for ordering goods from Canada. The goods are to be made unsellable by being torn, marked permanently, perforated, or slashed.


Shipments of samples shipped to an exhibition or trade fair are to abide by the following provisions:

  • Be a small and representative quantity of goods
  • Have entered the Czech Republic free of charge
  • Are distributed without payment to the public at the fair or exhibition
  • If the sample is a foodstuff or beverage, it is consumed at the exhibition

Commercial Sample Checklist
  • A Commercial Invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Clearly indicate 'Commercial Samples' on the commercial invoice in the General Description & Detailed Description of Goods (see sample)
  • The item shipped has tearing, perforation, slashing, defacing, or has permanent marking clearing indicating the item as commercial sample
  • Check with your carrier that they will accept food shipments

Sources:
https://www.ceskaposta.cz/en/sluzby/celni-rizeni/ocekavate-zasilku-ze-zahranici
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32009R1186&from=PL

Sample Commercial Invoice for Commercial Sample

Ship To Invoice
Václav Havel
Ostrovní 129/13
110 00 Praha 1
Czechia

Phone: +420 222 220 1123
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Commercial Sample - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 10 May 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Commercial Sample - Advanced reading copy of Dan Brown's novel.

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Commercial Sample
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Sending Promotional material to the Czech Republic

Advertising Material

Advertising material can be shipped to the Czech Republic from Canada duty free.

For printed advertising to be exempt from duty:

  • It must display the name of the Canadian company that provides the goods or service
  • The shipment weighs a maximum of 1 kg

Printed materials accepted as advertising include:

  • Brochures
  • Catalogues
  • Price lists
  • Directions for use

Other articles sent as advertising, for example, merchandise samples, are allowed duty free entry to the Czech Republic providing they:

  • Have no commercial value, i.e., they cannot be sold
  • Cannot be used for any function other than as advertising for the product

Advertising Material Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'Promotional Material - Not for Resale' (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided

Sources:
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32009R1186&from=PL

Sample Commercial Invoice for Promotional Material

Ship To Invoice
Václav Havel
Ostrovní 129/13
110 00 Praha 1
Czechia

Phone: +420 222 220 1123
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Promotional Material - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 10 May 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Promotional Material: Not for Resale. Product pamphlets to hand out at trade show.

CA $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Promotional Material
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Have your goods warranty repaired in the Czech Republic

Repairs

Equipment for repair may be shipped to the Czech Republic under the EU's inward processing rules. This means the work will be exempt from duty and VAT providing the equipment is returned to Canada.

Items Under Warranty

Equipment repaired in Canada under warranty without charge may re-enter the Czech Republic exempt from import duty.

Items No Longer Under Warranty

Equipment repaired in Canada from the Czech Republic that is no longer under warranty will incur GST on the value of the repair and on any new parts required to complete the repair.

Sending Product for Repair to the Czech Republic

Equipment for repair may be shipped to the Czech Republic from Canada under the EU's inward processing rules. This means the work will be exempt from duty and VAT providing the equipment is returned to Canada.

Returning Repaired Product to the Czech Republic

Equipment repaired under warranty in Canada may return to the Czech Republic exempt from duty and VAT.


All other repairs will incur duty and VAT.


Repair Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'REPAIR & RETURN' under the General Description or Remarks, and include the estimated time of return (see sample)
  • Include repair contract with shipment
  • Serial or product number and the cost of repairs should be indicated under the Detailed Description of Goods section
  • Include the original shipping documents or tracking number from when the item was first exported to the Czech Republic or exported to Canada (depending on which case applies)
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment

Sources:
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/en/TXT/?uri=CELEX%3A32013R0952
https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/inward-processing_en

Sample Commercial Invoice for Warranty Repair

Ship To Invoice
Václav Havel
Ostrovní 129/13
110 00 Praha 1
Czechia

Phone: +420 222 220 1123
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Repair and Return - Watch being sent for repair

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 10 May 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Fossil Watch being sent for repair - Model E5, serial # 789456FG7E2 - Repair Cost $76.00

US $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Warranty Repair
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Temporary Imports / Exports for shipments to the Czech Republic

Temporary Imports

Goods can be shipped to the Czech Republic as temporary imports exempt from duty fees providing the following conditions are followed:

  • They remain no longer than 24 months in the Czech Republic
  • The items can be clearly identified
  • The items are unchanged aside from normal wear-and-tear

If the goods were used during their stay in the Czech Republic, then they will incur a charge of 3% of the duty value for each month they were in the country.

Items that typically are shipped for temporary entry include:

  • Goods and products to be displayed at a trade fair or exhibition
  • Equipment required for a stage production or musical presentation

Qualifying for Duty & Tax Free Temporary Import

In order to import your goods duty and tax free into Lebanon, you can pick from 1 of the 2 Temporary Import Methods listed below.

Each option has its pros and cons. Regardless, each of the following methods requires you to complete a commercial invoice. More details are shown in the table.

Option # Temporary Import Method Risk of paying
1 Commercial Invoice Only (no other documentation is provided) High - if broker cannot clear goods temporarily
2 Commercial Invoice
+
ATA Carnet
Very Low


1. Complete a Commercial Invoice (CI) only


This is the simplest and quickest option. See example.

NOTE: You should be aware that shipping using this method doesn't guarantee that your items will be imported duty/tax free. Not all brokers will clear goods as temporary imports (i.e. UPS, FedEx, DHL) nor is it a guarantee that customs won't charge any duties and taxes.



2. Commercial Invoice (CI) + an ATA Carnet

Completing an ATA Carnet is great option for items that frequently travel in and out of the country. It's also great because once you have an ATA Carnet, it is accepted by 176 countries worldwide making the application process a one-time thing.

In addition to declaring your commercial invoice as a temporary import, you can get an ATA Carnet for the items that are of temporary nature.

ATA Carnets are beyond the scope of the article however, you can find more information here: http://www.chamber.ca/carnet/

NOTE: It is highly recommended to get an ATA Carnet for items that frequently travel in and out of the country and especially so when it is valued over $2,500 USD


In addition to choosing option 1 or 2, the following conditions must also be met in order to qualify for a duty and VAT free exemption:

  • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, i.e. they undergo no repairs nor are they used in manufacturing
  • Stay no longer than 6 months in Lebanon

NOTE:

  • If the above conditions are not followed, duties and taxes will be charged as though the goods have been imported permanently
  • Your Customs broker can clear goods of a temporary nature (FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc. typically cannot clear goods of temporary nature)


Temporary Imports Checklist
  • Commercial Invoice clearly stating 'Temporary Import'. This must be written in the General Description section and the Detailed Description of Goods. (see sample)
  • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, i.e. they undergo no repairs nor are they used in manufacturing
  • Stay no longer than the period listed above
  • Include your ATA Carnet with your shipment (if applicable)
  • Include the expected return date or the date that it was originally received within the country (whichever applies)
  • Any above listed items not listed in this checklist

Sources:
https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/specific-use_en

 

Sample Commercial Invoice for Temporary Imports

Ship To Invoice
Václav Havel
Ostrovní 129/13
110 00 Praha 1
Czechia

Phone: +420 222 220 1123
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment returning Jan 2020

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 10 May 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 box Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment

CA $1032.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Temporary Imports
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1032.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Permanent Goods / Sold To an individual or business within the Czech Republic

Permanent/Sold Goods

Under the free trade agreement between Canada and the EU, most items entering the Czech Republic will be duty free, but VAT will be incurred on shipments valued above €22 (about $35 CAD).

Occasional Shipper

Even if you only ship sold goods occasionally to the Czech Republic, they will incur VAT if their value is greater than €22 (about $35 CAD).

Regular shipper

If you regularly ship sold goods to the Czech Republic, we recommend the use of a Czech customs broker.


Sources:
https://www.ceskaposta.cz/en/sluzby/celni-rizeni/faq-caste-otazky-k-celnimu-rizeni

Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/Sold Goods

Ship To Invoice
Václav Havel
Ostrovní 129/13
110 00 Praha 1
Czechia

Phone: +420 222 220 1123
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Permanent/Sold: Parts and accessories for Canon B78n camera

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 10 May 2021
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
15 Each Camera Lenses: Canon EF 50mm, Canon EF 85mm & wide-angle lenses.

CA $132.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent/Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1980.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Required Documents


Shipping packages internationally requires a lot of documentation. This process alone can be confusing and time consuming. So we’ve narrowed down what documents you might need and ranked them based on likeliness of being needed.

Document Type When? Details
Shipping Label / Bill of Lading Always required This is a label provided by the carrier (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.). Always required because the carrier needs to know the parcel's destination.
Commercial Invoice Required for all non-document shipments
For all non-document shipments, you will require 3 copies of the commercial invoice (to be included with your shipping labels - These are for customs purposes and need to be included inside a document pouch outside of the box.

When creating a shipment through the Secureship website, the system will help you create this document automatically.

B13a Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good
A B13a is required if your shipment exceeds $2000 CAD or is a controlled good

Learn more about the B13a form here.
Certificate of Origin (COO) Infrequently required

Allows a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Canada has a preferential trade agreement with the Czech Republic. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.

When an item with a COO is imported into the Czech Republic, it will incur a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Certificate of Insurance (COI) Infrequently required

Shows that the shipment has been insured.
Banks may request a certificate of insurance when providing letters of credit for the goods. Otherwise, it is generally your choice whether to purchase insurance for the shipment.
ATA Carnet Infrequently required

Used to avoid duties and taxes on shipments of temporary nature.
If you ship goods of temporary nature to and from a country, you can obtain an ATA Carnet to expedite the customs clearance process and ensure that anything of temporary nature is not charged duties and taxes.

See temporary import section
Packaging List Infrequently required Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good.
Packing list Infrequently required

No specific form is required, but generally includes information regarding:

  • The exporter, importer and transport company
  • Date of issue
  • Number of freight invoice
  • Type and number of packages
  • Contents of each package
  • Marks and numbers
  • Net weight, gross weight and measurements of each package

Prohibited & Restricted Imports


Goods that are prohibited may not enter the Czech Republic while those deemed restricted may enter but must abide by quantity limits or other rules.

Prohibited Items

  • Weapons, ammunition, and explosives
  • Radioactive materials
  • Narcotic and psychotropic drugs
  • Poisonous and caustic chemicals
  • Infectious biological materials

Restricted Goods

  • Gold jewellery
  • Tobacco products
  • Medicines and other pharmaceuticals
  • Communist material, for example propaganda
  • Animal and biological materials

Sources:
https://www.ceskaposta.cz/en/rady-a-navody/nedovoleny-obsah-zasilek
https://www.celnisprava.cz/en/dalsi-kompetence/informace-pro-fyzicke-osoby/Pages/import-export-and-transit-of-weapons-ammunition-and-explosives.aspx
https://www.ceskaposta.cz/en/sluzby/celni-rizeni/ocekavate-zasilku-ze-zahranici

Duty & Taxes

Duty and taxes on shipments to the Czech Republic are assessed using the CIF method, i.e., the sum of the customs value plus the insurance costs plus freight fees.

CIF Value = Customs Value + Insurance Amount + Freight Costs

By knowing the CIF value of a shipment, you will be able to predict the duty and taxes owed by the recipient.


Thresholds

Until 30 June 2021, the threshold value for the VAT is €22 (about $35 CAD), which means no VAT will be charged for a shipment below this value (also called the de minimis value). However, from 1 July 2021, the threshold value for the VAT will be reduced to zero, i.e., all shipments will incur VAT.

The duty threshold is €150 (about $230 CAD). For shipments valued at less than €150, no duty will be incurred.


Currency Euro
Duty Exemption
(De minimis Value)
€150 (about $230 CAD)
Duty Calculation Method CIF
TAX (GCT) 21%
Tax Exemption
(De minimis Value)
€22 (until 30 June 2021)*
Tax Calculation Method CIF

Duties on Imports

A trade agreement exists between Canada and the European Union, which means that goods shipped to the Czech Republic are duty free for most items.


Excise Taxes

Excise taxes are levied on tobacco products and alcoholic beverages. Details for tobacco can be found here and for alcoholic beverages click here


  • Candy0%
  • Chocolate0%
  • Spirits and Wines*
  • Tobacco*
  • Books0%
  • Documents0%
  • Video Games & Consoles0%
  • Computers & Laptops0%
  • Tablets0%
  • Mobiles0%
  • Cameras0%
  • Accessories for Electronics0%
  • Coats0%
  • Beauty Products & Cosmetics0%
  • Jewellery0%
  • Shirts & Pants0%
  • Home Appliances0%
  • Toys0%
  • Sports Equipment0%

*Varies - click here for details.


Sources:
https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/dds2/taric/taric_consultation.jsp?Lang=en
https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/sites/taxation/files/vatecommerceexplanatory_notes_30092020.pdf
https://www.celnisprava.cz/cz/dane/spotrebni-dane/Informace/Informace_21_1686.pdf
https://op.europa.eu/en/publication-detail/-/publication/77255bf8-65cd-11eb-aeb5-01aa75ed71a1/language-en
https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/sites/taxation/files/guidance_on_import_and_export_of_low_value_consignments_final.pdf
https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/news/new-form-customs-declaration-low-value-consignments_en
https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/ce/Documents/tax-legal-highlights/January2020/ce-tax-legal-highlights-czech%20republic-january-2020.pdf

the Czech Republic Shipping Insurance


You can purchase insurance through Secureship and it is provided by the carrier that will be transporting your shipment.

Each carrier will charge a different amount per $100 of declared insurance. If you indicate that you need insurance for your shipment our system will automatically include the insurance costs for your shipment.

Insurance is great to have in case your package is accidentally lost or damaged by the carrier. But be careful, not everything you ship is insurable. Worse - even if your package contains items that are insurable, if it doesn’t meet the ISTA 3A packaging standard, the insurance purchased through the carrier would not be available to you.

Here are some items that cannot be insured by the carrier:

  • Personal belongings
  • Antiques
  • Artwork
  • Liquids (including alcohol)
  • Television
  • Jewelry in excess of $500
  • Perishable goods
  • Glass or Ceramic
  • And many more items

For more information, please see the carrier's terms and conditions.

Questions about Shipping to the Czech Republic



Can I ship to the Czech Republic?

Shipping to the Czech Republic from Canada can take between 3-5 business days through the fastest carriers available on the Secureship platform. More economical services, such as Canada Post, can take up to 1-2 months to complete the delivery.

Find out how fast the Secureship trusted carriers can get your shipment delivered to the Czech Republic by getting a quote now.


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