- Do I Qualify For Tax-Free Imports Of My Household Goods To The Czech Republic?
- Am I Allowed To Bring My Pets?
- Should I Leave My Vehicle At Home?
- Who Can I Go To For Help?
One of the advantages of being an English-speaker abroad is that many countries include English versions of many common customs and immigration forms. The Czech Republic is not one of those countries. All of the paperwork that you submit during customs declaration must be entirely in Czech. For this reason, many people work with a shipping company to import their goods to the Czech Republic.
Here’s what you need to know about importing your household goods to the Czech Republic from the United States.
Do I Qualify for Tax-Free Imports of My Household Goods to the Czech Republic?
Your household goods can be imported to the Czech Republic tax and duty-free if you have owned them for at least six months. You must have lived outside of the Czech Republic for at least one year and complete your shipments within one year of the issuance of your Czech visa. You are not permitted to sell these goods within a year of your arrival.
Establishing a residence in the Czech Republic will require the procurement of housing. Customs officials will need to see a copy of a housing contract in order to clear your belongings through customs. If you do not have a copy to provide, you will have six months to present it.
Here are some of the documents you will need to provide:
- Czech Residence Visa
- Lease/rental contract with a minimum term of 2 years
- Bill of Lading/Air Waybill
- Detailed Inventory with serial numbers and valuations
- Power of Attorney for the customs agent
Easy enough, right? Remember, all required documents must be in the Czech language. For this reason (and many others), most people moving to the Czech Republic work with a shipping company like A-1 Auto Transport.
Am I Allowed to Bring my Pets?
Yes, you can bring your pets as long as you can provide current copies of your Certificate of Vaccination and Health Certificate from an approved veterinarian. Your pet won’t even have to be quarantined unless they are flagged by a Customs official for potential health problems. In that event, your pet can be quarantined for up to 30 days.
Should I Leave my Vehicle at Home?
Your private vehicle will be duty-free under the condition that you are not permitted to sell, lease, rent, loan, or dispose of the vehicle within one year of your arrival in the Czech Republic. In fact, if you leave the Czech Republic before that one-year period ends, you are required to take it with you when you leave the country.
Any vehicle that you import to the Czech Republic cannot be more than 5 years old, and you must have owned it for at least six months prior to your move.
To clear customs with your vehicle, you will need to provide the following documents:
- Certificate of Title (a clear title with no liens) and Proof of Registration
- Owner’s Manual
- Proof of Purchase
- International Insurance Policy
- Residence Permit
- Power of Attorney for customs agent
- Proof of Residency (lease, rental or purchase contract)
Before driving in the Czech Republic, you will need to obtain a road usage tax sticker. Missing this requirement could result in a traffic stop and fine. Also, as an American, you are required to obtain an International Driving Permit in order to legally drive in the Czech Republic.
Who Can I Go to For Help?
Moving your household to another country will always be a lot of paperwork. Now imagine doing a lot of paperwork in a language you don’t speak. You are going to need some help managing your move. At A-1 Auto Transport, we have a team of shipping experts who specialize in the quirks and pitfalls of international imports. You can count on us to guide you every step of the way, from your old home to your new home. Contact us today for your free, no-obligation shipping quote.