Czech offers exciting opportunities for export your products. This market is especially hungry for Machinery tool equipments, has strict laws especially when it concerns import of animal Products. We have tried to cover some important aspects which could be helpful in guiding you before starting trade with this country.
Marketing and sale of your products in the Czech Republic.
Do you offer a unique product that is not currently available in the Czech Republic? If so, this is a market hungry for western products.
Czech Republic Import / Export Consultants & Commercial Agents.
While importing or exporting you would have to take care of some areas such as the following: So for the purpose you may need to employ some Import / Export Consultants for some jobs. We are coming up with data base of such agents on this site, which you may find helpful for some of the activities as following.
Negotiation with distributors or retail outlets.
The market here is yet to mature. Unlike its other European counterparts, here even negotiating a cab is an art. However, this country, which till recently was strife torn has lot to offer in terms of trade opportunities. However negotiating is an art here, but country is fast offering stabilized systems of trade.
Translate documents, point of sale material etc.
You would need to translate marketing literature, such as sales brochures and leaflets. However services to translate adverts, invoices, shipping documents, legal agreements etc are easily available. It would be better if you translate graphic design or corporate identity to identify locally with this economy.
Assist in the outsourcing of product manufacturing.
Due to much lower labour rates than the UK and a very skilled workforce, the Czech Republic has become a popular choice for companies wishing to outsource their manufacturing abroad. Locating any willing company here is not a problem, especially if you are willing to hire a local guy, who can also manage manufacturing here at a later stage.
Translate and build web pages or entire web sites.
If you're selling or wish to sell your products in the Czech Republic, you will most likely require a Czech web presence. Not only can we provide translations but our in-house web designers can produce Czech web pages or entire web sites. Any site could be bi-lingual or in the Czech or English language.
Assist in the location and import of Czech products.
We all know that the Czech Republic is famous world-wide for its 'Bohemia Crystal' but it isn't so well known for its decorative and commercial glassware, ceramics, furniture, intricate metal ware, leather goods, clothes, sporting goods etc. There are many specialist manufacturers who are waiting for the opportunity to export their wares.
Requirements of Machine Hardware
Machinery is the most frequent commodity on the list of Czech import items. The technical requirements are contained especially in GD No. 170/1997 for machinery, GD No. 168/1997 for low-voltage electrical equipment and GD No. 169/1997 for electromagnetic compliance.
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Two basic modules have been determined for machinery. The first is module "A", when compliance is assessed by the manufacturer or the importer himself, possibly with the help of an accredited person. Module "B" - assessment of the type of product by an authorized person - must be used in the case of products listed in Annex No. 4 (wood sawing and woodworking machines, presses, equipment for lifting persons to a height of more than 3 m, etc.).
To be able to assess compliance, the Czech manufacturer or importer must prepare technical documentation to the extent of Annex No. 3 GD 170/1997. The assessment of compliance is done to the extent of the basic requirements according to the harmonized Czech technical standards, Czech technical standards and other technical requirements. The list of harmonized standards can be found in Gazette (Vestnik) UNMZ No. 9/1997, 6/1998 and 9/1998.
It is therefore recommended that in exporting their technical equipment to the Czech Republic foreign manufacturers consult the level of regulations relevant for the particular equipment in relation to Czech harmonized technical standards and technical standards. In most cases the differences in the standards will not be significant, but for the assessment of compliance it is necessary to use the correct technical standards and regulations. It can be expected that with the compulsory application of harmonized European standards in the Czech system of standards the differences in regulations will be eliminated and the process of assessing the compliance of imported machinery will be simplified.
Veterinary requirements for the import of small animals to the Czech Republic.
All issues regarding the import of small animals and pets into the Czech Republic are governed by the Statute No. 87/1987 Coll. and the Regulation No. 118/1987 Coll.. According to this Regulation, a veterinary permit for import is not required when importing small animals (dogs, cats, guinea pigs, hamsters, poultry, rabbits, birds (except parrots and homing pigeons), small carnivorous animals and all birds used for hunting) for the period of time shorter than three (3) months for tourist purposes. The animals may not be articles of international trade.
All animals (regardless of the length of stay in the Czech Republic) must have a veterinary certificate. The certificate must show that the animal is healthy and is not a carrier of any disease. When importing dogs or cats, it is possible to replace the certificate with an international vaccination card certifying that the animal was vaccinated against rabies during the previous year.
The veterinary permit for import and the veterinary certificate is required when importing parrots and homing pigeons (regardless of the length of stay). The veterinary permit for import is issued by the State Veterinary Administration of the Czech Republic.
Veterinary permit and veterinary certificate is not required when importing reptiles, aquarium fish and amphibian for a short period of time - while on a tourist trip. This does not apply when importing the animals for commercial purposes.
When importing animals for commercial purposes, it is necessary to have the veterinary permit for import and the veterinary certificate as well.
To eliminate trade barriers, and to ensure the safety, ecology and hygiene of the products, the European Union has introduced a system by proving that they comply with the technical requirements for such products.
For this purpose, the basic requirements are stipulated in the different EU Directives, with the definition of uniform procedures based on a modular system of assessing the compliance of the products with the requirements stipulated by the Directives.
On the basis of the Accession Agreement, the Czech Republic is adjusting its legislation and technical standards to the principles common to all EU members, thus that it may become an equal member of the Community as soon as possible.
The first important step on this way was the passage of Act No. 22/1997 on the Technical Requirements for Products (hereinafter referred to as Act), which in many respects complies with similar legislation in EU countries. This Act, which entered into force on 1 September 1997, substituted Act No. 30/1968 on State Testing, Act No. 142/1991 and Act No. 142/1991 on Czechoslovak Technical Standards, and in particular it set the rules for assessing the compliance of products with technical regulations and laid down the legal basis for the gradual introduction of EU Directives in Czech legislation in the form of Government Decrees.
The Act applies not only to the sphere of production, but also that of imports. The importer is a private or legal person (Czech legal entity) who has placed a product of another state on the market, or has mediated its placing on the market.
Manufacturers and importers have the duty to place on the market only safe products, i.e. products which under ordinary conditions, for the period of their stated or customary usability, pose no or only minimum risk, which can be considered acceptable.
For assessing accord, the Act stipulates similar procedures as those referred to in EU as modules in the framework of the so-called global approach. These modules take into consideration the technical complexity and operating risks of a product in different technical regulations.
The Government Decrees refer to so-called "specified products" constituting a higher threat to justified interests, in which the compliance of their properties with the requirements of technical regulations must be assessed. Some "specified products", when being placed on the market, must be marked by the Czech symbol CCZ signifying the product΄s compliance.
Manufacturers and importers may place specified products on the Czech market after their properties have been assessed on the basis of the particular procedure (module) and after a written statement on the compliance of the product with the technical regulations and on the observance of the determined procedure of assessing the accord has been issued. For the purpose of supervision, manufacturers and importers must keep the documents proving the use of the particular compliance assessment method, the compliance statement and supporting documents as required by the Government Decrees (technical documentation, documents, etc.) on file for ten years from the placing of the product on the market.
The duty to check whether a compliance statement has been issued for a specified product and whether the properties of the specified product placed on the market and the essentials of assessing its compliance are in accordance with the determined conditions rests with the Czech Trade Inspection Authority.