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Exporting to the Czech Republic

Actual population* Population world ranking
10,627,448 83
Actual GDP (PPP)* GDP world ranking
$285.6 billion 46
Actual GDP (per capita)* GDP (per capita) world ranking
$26,300 56

*See the end of this blog for definitions

As one of the newer European Union members, the Czech Republic offers trade opportunities for companies looking to expand their exporting choices.

For those who are experienced exporters, the Czech Republic can potentially be a prospective market within the EU. It’s important to perform extensive market research. To enhance success within this market, it is recommended to find a local agent or distributor and establish a good relationship. When determining the agent/distributor agreement, using a reputable legal counsel is also advised.

Formality tends to be a characteristic of many of the Czech people. It is suggested to begin by developing a few good business contacts and carefully build a network. Czechs prefer to get to know the person they are dealing with first. Due to the small size of the country where industry leaders know each other, it’s important for a company to create and maintain a good reputation. Knowledge of proper meeting etiquette and the acceptable way to greet people is crucial.

For more information about doing business in the Czech Republic, market entry strategies, and import/export requirements, there are a number of resources to look at, including the United States Commercial Service and the United Kingdom Trade and Investment.

Located in Eastern Europe, the Czech Republic joined the European Union in 2004. The EU is a Customs Union which consists of member countries who have formed a single region for customs purposes.  Goods that have been imported legally can circulate throughout the EU with no further customs checks. To learn more about the customs regulations, among the sources to consult are the European Commission Export Helpdesk and European Commission Taxation and Customs Union. Conducting due diligence in accordance with all of the regulations is essential.

Some products may require safety testing and certification for this market. While not all products are required to have a CE mark, others do require one. When affixing the CE mark to a product, a manufacturer affirms that the product meets the necessary requirements and can be sold throughout the EU.

There are also EU regulations that need to be followed, so it’s important to know what is required in the Czech Republic. Among them are:

  • REACH is the European regulation for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals. The European Commission works closely with ECHA (European Chemicals Agency) in the implementation of this regulation.
  • RoHS stands for Restriction of Hazardous Substances. It restricts the use of certain hazardous materials found in electrical and electronic products.
  • WEEE stands for Waste from Electrical and Electronic Equipment. WEEE requires the treatment, recovery, and recycling of electric and electronic equipment.

While Czech is the official language in the country, many also speak Russian, German, and English. As Czech can be a hard language to learn, it is recommended to use quality interpreters.

In the Czech Republic, the voltage used is 230V at 50Hz. The most frequently specified plug pattern is the Continental European plug.


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Country comparison—Population: Population compares estimates from the US Bureau of Census based on statistics from population censuses, vital statistics, registration systems, or sample surveys pertaining to the recent past and on assumptions about future trends. (July 2014 est.)

Country comparison—GDP (Purchasing Power Parity): GDP (purchasing power parity [PPP]) compares the gross domestic product (GDP) or value of all final goods and services produced within a nation in a given year. A nation’s GDP at PPP exchange rates is the sum value of all goods and services produced in the country valued at prices prevailing in the United States. (2013 est.)

Country comparison—GDP – per capita (PPP): GDP – per capita (PPP) compares GDP on a purchasing parity basis divided by population as of 1 July for the same year. (2013 est.)

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