Guide to Sending Parcels to Slovakia

With the Carpathian mountains in its backyard, Slovakia is a haven for skiers and hikers. This Nova Scotia-sized central European country is also packed with numerous scenic lakes and hundreds of huge caves, 30 of which provide stunning and varied examples of stalagmites and stalactites for curious tourists.

Though smaller than any of its five neighbours - both in area and population - Slovakia is per capita the world's largest producer of cars. No surprise then that Slovakians have a developed, high-income economy, and 70% of its population are avid e-commerce shoppers. As Slovakia also sits at the commercial crossroads of Europe, this nation is very much a worthy shipping destination.

Information for this page was taken from the Slovak Republic's Financial Administration and from the Official Journal of the European Union

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Easy Tracking Information

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Tracking #:780123123123
Tel: 1-800-463-3339
Signed By: Pikwalia @ Residence
May 25, 2022
8:49 am
Zilina, ZI, SK
Delivered
May 24, 2022
7:18 am
Presov, PR, SK
In transit
May 23, 2022
9:03 pm
Kosice, KO, SK
International Clearance
May 23, 2022
8:14 am
Bratislava, BR, SK
In transit
May 23, 2022
12:17 am
Toronto, ON, CA
In transit
May 22, 2022
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 Slovakia 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 Slovakia

Documents Only

The following list outlines items accepted entry into Slovakia as document shipments:

  • Bids
  • Diplomas
  • Driver's licence
  • Examination papers
  • Visa applications

If the items below follow the criteria listed, they will be admitted as a document shipment by Slovakian authorities.

Document Type Restriction
Airline tickets Only if validated
Annual reports Only if used by shareholders or for intercompany purposes
Blueprints Only if used for an invitation to bid on an E.U. project or for use within the firm or company
Brochures Must be for non-commercial purposes or internal use by the company
Business cards Maximum of 15 cards per shipment
Cheques Only if personalised
Credit cards Only if personalised and shipped to the card owner
Event tickets (sports matches, concerts, plays, etc.) Cannot be sent to the event organiser or ticket sales office from the printing company
Greeting cards and invitations Must be personalised
Manuals Must be of a technical nature and in a quantity suitable for the purposes of the recipient
Negatives, slides, and print films Only if they are sent to a publishing or press agency and whose value DOES NOT include editorial or press fees
Newsletters Provided they have no commercial value and are for intercompany use; CANNOT be from a publisher or printing company
Newspapers For non-commercial purposes only
Stationery Must have no commercial value and be personalised
Traveller's cheques Only if personalised

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

Shipping Gifts to Slovakia

Shipping Gifts

A gift shipment to an individual in Slovakia will be admitted to the country exempt from duty and taxes if its value is €45 or less (about $65 CAD).

The gift exemption is conditional upon the gift being:

  • An occasional event
  • A non-commercial transaction, i.e. no money exchanged hands
  • Only for the use of the recipient or his or her family

Certain gifts, such as tobacco products and alcoholic beverages, may also be shipped exempt from duty and VAT, but must abide by the quantity limits shown in the table below.

Gift Quantity limits
Tobacco products
  • 50 cigarettes; or
  • 10 cigars; or
  • 50 g of tobacco;
  • Or a proportional amount of the above items
Alcoholic beverages
  • 1 L of spirits with 22% alcohol or more;
  • 1 L of wine, liqueurs, etc. with less than 22% alcohol; or a proportional amount of the above 2
  • 2 L of still wine
Perfumes 50 g
Eau de toilette 250 m

Shipments from Individual-to-Individual

Gift shipments from an individual in Canada to an individual in Slovakia are duty and tax free provided:

  • The value of the gift is €45 or less (about $65 CAD)
  • The gift is only for the recipient or his or her family, and is in a quantity for personal use, i.e. it is not a commercial amount
  • The parcel has been sent at no charge to the recipient
  • The shipment is an isolated or occasional occurrence

NOTE:
There are quantity limitations to certain gifts. They are outlined below:

Gift Quantity limits
Perfumes Maximum of 50 g
Eau de toilette No more than 250 mL
Alcoholic beverages
  • Spirits with 22% alcohol or more (1 L);
  • Liqueurs, wine, sake, etc. with less than 22% alcohol (1 L); or a proportional quantity of the 2 items above
  • 2 L still wine
Tobacco products
  • Tobacco (50 g); or
  • Cigars (10); or
  • Cigarettes (50); or a proportional amount of the previous 3 items

Shipments from Business-to-Business

Gift shipments from a business in Canada to a business in Slovakia will incur duty and taxes regardless of the monetary value of the gift.

Shipments from Business-to-Individual

A gift shipped from a business in Canada to an individual in Slovakia will be charged duty and taxes no matter the value of the shipment. There are no duty and tax thresholds for this situation.


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
Miguel ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Slovakia City
01001
Slovakia

Phone: +502 2208 7777
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal Shipment / Gift Shipment

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 22 May 2022
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 a shipment has multiple gifts in it, it will be duty and tax free if the total value of the parcel is €45 or less (about $65 CAD).

Also, you should wrap and tag each gift separately.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Miguel Ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Slovakia City
01001
Slovakia

Phone: +502 2208 7777
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Unsolicited Gift: Consolidated Gift Package

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 22 May 2022
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.financnasprava.sk/sk/obcania/clo/dovoz/informovanie-dovoz
https://www.financnasprava.sk/sk/obcania/clo/oslobodenie-od-cla-dph-a-spd

Shipping personal effects/belongings to Slovakia

Shipping Personal Effects

If you move to Slovakia from Canada, your personal effects may enter the country duty-free as long as:

  • You are the owner of the items in the shipment
  • You have lived in Canada for at least 12 months before moving to Slovakia
  • The goods have been used by you for at least 6 months

NOTE:
The following items will not be allowed duty-free entry:

  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tools and instruments used for your trade or profession (portable items are allowed, for example, musical instruments and medical tools)

Moving Temporarily

Students

Students who move to Slovakia for the purposes of studying may enter with their personal effects exempt from duty charges provided the items are for their use only.

Typical allowable personal effects include:

  • Desk and chair
  • Books, paper, computer, etc.
  • Clothing and footwear

NOTE:
This exemption will be granted once per year.

Non-students

There is no information currently regarding non-students moving temporarily from Canada, and shipping their personal effects to Slovakia.

Moving Permanently

If you move to Slovakia from Canada, your personal effects may enter the country duty-free as long as:

  • Your residence has been in Canada for a minimum of 12 continuous months
  • The shipment only contains your goods
  • You have used the goods for 6 months or more

NOTE:
The following items will not be allowed duty-free entry:

  • Non-portable instruments and tools required for a profession or trade
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tobacco and tobacco products

Marriage

If you are moving to Slovakia from Canada as a result of a marriage, you may ship your personal effects, including wedding presents, duty-free up to a value of €1,000 (about $1,450 CAD). (Tobacco, tobacco products and alcoholic drinks are not included and will incur duties and taxes.)


Personal Effects Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Commercial invoice must clearly state 'Personal Effects' (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided

Sources:
https://www.financnasprava.sk/sk/obcania/clo/oslobodenie-od-cla-dph-a-spd

Sample Commercial Invoice for Personal Effects

Ship To Invoice
Miguel Ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Slovakia City
01001
Slovakia

Phone: +502 2208 7777
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal effects being delivered to my new address.

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 22 May 2022
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 Slovakia

Food, Chocolate, Candies

Because of the risk of introducing agricultural pests and diseases into the EU, imports of meat and meat products into Slovakia are strictly controlled.

You May Ship

  • Chocolate
  • Candy
  • Baked goods
  • Meat extracts and concentrates
  • Foods for special medical diets, powdered infant food and milk*
  • Honey*
  • Baked goods (cannot contain meat)
  • Olives stuffed with fish
  • Pasta and noodles - provided they do not contain meat
  • Live mussels, snails, oysters*
  • Caviar (maximum of 125 g)

*Maximum of 2 kg

NOTE:
Shipments of infant food and foods for medical diet must be:

  • Commercially prepared and packaged
  • Unopened
  • Stable at room temperature

Do Not Ship

  • Potatoes
  • Perishables, such as produce
  • Meat and meat byproducts
  • 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://www.financnasprava.sk/sk/obcania/clo/zakazy-a-obmedzenia#DovozZivocisnychProduktovOsobnaSpotreba

Sample Commercial Invoice for Food, Chocolate, Candies

Ship To Invoice
Miguel ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Slovakia City
01001
Slovakia

Phone: +502 2208 7777
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Food Shipment - Assorted chocolate bars in their original manufacturer's packaging

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 22 May 2022
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 Slovakia

Samples

Commercial samples are shipped to promote products and solicit sales. The intent is not to sell the samples themselves.

Commercial samples will be exempt from duty and VAT when they enter Slovakia from Canada. An ATA Carnet may also be used to ship samples, for example if they are to be displayed at a trade fair, exhibition, symposium, etc. (See Temporary Imports for more details.)


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

Sources:
https://www.financnasprava.sk/sk/podnikatelia/clo-obchodny-tovar/oslobodenie-od-cla-dph-a-spd
https://www.financnasprava.sk/sk/podnikatelia/clo-obchodny-tovar/tranzit/karnet-ata

Sample Commercial Invoice for Commercial Sample

Ship To Invoice
Miguel Ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Slovakia City
01001
Slovakia

Phone: +502 2208 7777
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Commercial Sample - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 22 May 2022
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 Slovakia

Advertising Material

Advertising material is exempt from duty charges when entering Slovakia.

Advertising includes items such as:

  • Tourist information literature
  • Printed material
  • Promotional goods

NOTE:
An ATA Carnet may be used for advertising material destined for exhibition at trade fairs, meetings, or other similar events. (See Temporary Imports for more details.)


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://www.financnasprava.sk/sk/podnikatelia/clo-obchodny-tovar/oslobodenie-od-cla-dph-a-spd
https://www.financnasprava.sk/sk/podnikatelia/clo-obchodny-tovar/tranzit/karnet-ata

Sample Commercial Invoice for Promotional Material

Ship To Invoice
Miguel Ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Slovakia City
01001
Slovakia

Phone: +502 2208 7777
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Promotional Material - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 22 May 2022
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 Slovakia

Repairs

Under the free trade agreement between Canada and the EU (CETA), warranty repairs of equipment done in Slovakia will be duty-free when the items re-enter Canada.

Items Under Warranty

If a piece of equipment or machinery is repaired in Canada under a warranty, it may re-enter Slovakia exempt from duty. The provision is that the repairs were done at no charge.

Items No Longer Under Warranty

Items that are no longer covered by a warranty and are repaired in Canada will incur GST on the cost of the repair and any parts used to make the repairs.

Sending Product for Repair to Slovakia

Provided items are under warranty, they may be repaired in Slovakia and returned to Canada duty-free. This is as a result of CETA - the free trade agreement between Canada and the EU.

Returning Repaired Product to Slovakia

Product repaired in Canada that is returned to Slovakia will be exempt from duty if it can be shown that the repairs were done at no charge and under a warranty.


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 Slovakia 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&qid=1480076084977
https://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/publications/dm-md/d8/d8-2-10-eng.html

Sample Commercial Invoice for Warranty Repair

Ship To Invoice
Miguel Ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Slovakia City
01001
Slovakia

Phone: +502 2208 7777
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Repair and Return - Watch being sent for repair

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 22 May 2022
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 Slovakia

Temporary Imports

Goods shipped for a temporary stay in Slovakia may enter the country exempt from importation duties provided they leave Slovakia within one year.

Examples of goods that qualify as a temporary import include:

  • Commercial samples for display at meetings, trade fairs, exhibitions, etc.
  • Advertising material
  • Instruments and tools of a professional nature, for example for testing or to be tested

Qualifying for Duty & Tax Free Temporary Import

In order to import your goods duty and tax free into Slovakia, 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 1 year in Slovakia

NOTE:

  • If the above conditions are not followed, duties and taxes will be charged as though the goods have been imported permanently
  • A shipment must be re-exported in its entirety, i.e. split or partial shipments are not allowed to return to Canada
  • Your Customs broker can clear goods of a temporary nature (FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc. typically cannot clear goods of a 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://www.financnasprava.sk/sk/podnikatelia/clo-obchodny-tovar/dovoz/info-dovoz#VolObeh
https://www.financnasprava.sk/sk/podnikatelia/clo-obchodny-tovar/tranzit/karnet-ata

 

Sample Commercial Invoice for Temporary Imports

Ship To Invoice
Miguel Ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Slovakia City
01001
Slovakia

Phone: +502 2208 7777
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment returning Jan 2020

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 22 May 2022
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 Slovakia

Permanent/Sold Goods

Goods sold and shipped to Slovakia will incur VAT no matter the value of the shipment; duties will apply to shipments of greater than €150 (about $220 CAD).

Occasional Shipper

Even if you only ship sold goods occasionally to Slovakia, for example on eBay, the recipient will incur VAT regardless of the value of the parcel. However, shipments with a value of €150 (about $220 CAD) or less will be duty-free.

Regular shipper

If you regularly ship sold goods to Slovakia, you should consult a licenced Slovakian customs broker to ensure your shipment follows all the rules and regulations of the state and the EU.


Sources:
https://www.financnasprava.sk/en/businesses/customs-duty

Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/Sold Goods

Ship To Invoice
Miguel Ángel Asturias
Calle 24 3-81
Slovakia City
01001
Slovakia

Phone: +502 2208 7777
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Permanent/Sold: Parts and accessories for Canon B78n camera

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 22 May 2022
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
and is destined to a country other than the US, Puerto Rico, or the US Virgin Islands

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 Slovakia. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.

When an item with a COO is imported into Slovakia, 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
Packing list Infrequently required

No specific form 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


Prohibited goods may not enter Slovakia while those deemed restricted may enter, but must abide by quantity limits or other regulations.

Prohibited Items

  • Potatoes
  • Perishables
  • Meat and meat byproducts
  • Dairy products
  • Precious stones and jewels
  • Narcotic and psychotropic substances

Restricted Items

  • Tea, coffee, maté
  • Foodstuffs
  • Insecticides and pesticides
  • Perfumes and cosmetics
  • Pharmaceuticals and medicines
  • Artificial and real fur
  • Leather goods

Sources:
https://www.upu.int/UPU/media/upu/files/postalSolutions/programmesAndServices/postalSupplyChain/customs/prohibitedArticles/ListOfProhibitedArticles.pdf
https://www.financnasprava.sk/sk/obcania/clo/zakazy-a-obmedzenia#DovozZivocisnychProduktovOsobnaSpotreba

Duty & Taxes

The amount of duty and taxes owed on a shipment entering Slovakia is calculated by using the CIF value of the parcel. The CIF value is the sum of the customs value plus insurance amount plus freight costs.

CIF Value = Customs Value + Insurance Amount + Freight Costs

If you were to calculate the CIF of your shipment, it will give you an estimate of the duty and taxes the recipient will incur.


Thresholds

The threshold on sold goods entering Slovakia is €150 (about $220 CAD). Also known as the de minimis value, this means that shipments below this value will be duty-free. However, all imports of any value will incur VAT. (This rule changed on 1 July 2021.)


Currency Euro
Duty Exemption (De minimis Value) €150 (about $220 CAD)
Duty Calculation Method CIF
TAX (VAT) 20%
Tax Exemption
(De minimis Value)
N/A*
Tax Calculation Method CIF

*As of 1 July 2021, all imports entering Slovakia will incur VAT no matter the value of the shipment. This represents a change of practice for Slovakia and all of the EU countries.


Duties on Imports

As a result of the Canada-EU trade agreement (CETA), most goods entering Slovakia from Canada are exempt from duty.


Excise Taxes

Alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and tobacco products will incur excise taxes when entering Slovakia. Specific details regarding these items can be found here.


  • Candy0%
  • Chocolate0%
  • Spirits and winesVariable*
  • TobaccoVariable*
  • 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%

Sources:
https://www.financnasprava.sk/en/businesses/customs-duty
https://www.international.gc.ca/trade-commerce/trade-agreements-accords-commerciaux/agr-acc/ceta-aecg/ceta_explained-aecg_apercu.aspx?lang=eng
https://www.financnasprava.sk/en/individuals/taxes-individuals/excise-duties#TaxRatesTobaccoProducts

Slovakia 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)
  • Televisions
  • Jewellery 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 Slovakia



Can I ship to Slovakia?

Shipping to Slovakia 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 Slovakia by getting a quote now.


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