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|San Jose, CA to (California port) to Prague||$200||$2,700||5+34|
|Boston, MA to (New York port) to Prague||$400||$1,600||5+20|
|Portland, OR to (California port) to Prague||$475||$2,700||6+34|
|Phoenix, AZ to (California port) to Prague||$550||$2,700||6+34|
|Charlotte, NC to (New York port) to Prague||$575||$1,600||6+20|
|Atlanta, GA to (New York port) to Prague||$700||$1,600||6+20|
|Denver, CO to (California port) to Prague||$775||$2,700||7+34|
|Memphis, TN to (New York port) to Prague||$800||$1,600||6+20|
|Miami, FL to (New York port) to Prague||$925||$1,600||7+20|
|Dallas, TX to (California port) to Prague||$1,025||$2,700||7+34|
*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and the type of vehicle.
*Save the ground transport cost by delivering the vehicle to the nearest port.
*Allow an additional 10 days to process the documents.
*Prices are for 1 car in a dedicated 20ft container. This is the safest and most reliable way to transport a vehicle internationally. Other items may be included in the container to help save you money when moving.
*Using the RoRo (roll on, roll off) method is less expensive and shipments can be completed in fewer days. Contact us now for a free RoRo quote.
As a member of the European Union, the Czech Republic follows the same standards of importation set forth by the other members within the conglomeration of countries. That being said, there are still nuances that are specific to the Czech Republic that you will need to follow when importing your vehicle into the country.
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In order for a vehicle to be exported to the Czech Republic, it will need to meet the standards of road readiness before it can be awarded entry. One of the first standards that are checked is the emission standards. This is typically a problem for many vehicles made in the United States because Europe has vastly different emission standards than the U.S. Fixing the emission standards of a vehicle can be a costly process, so you will need to determine whether your car meets the Czech Republic’s standard or not.
In addition, the vehicle must also be inspected to ensure that its technical specifications are up to code. This means they will check the brakes, tires, bumpers, engine, blinker, and other parts in order to ensure the safety of the vehicle before allowing it into the country.
The process for making the car road legal for the Czech Republic can be a long one taking at least a month. It may cost about 15.000 CZK, excluding import taxes in order to import your vehicle into the Czech Republic. Most people find that selling your car back home and buying a new one once you arrive in the Czech Republic is the most financially beneficial option.
Note: For older vehicles, there is an additional ‘eco-tax’ of 10.000 CZK.
Cars being imported from outside the EU will be charged a customs duty of 10% of the vehicle’s market value and a value added tax of 19%. Both of these charges will need to be paid before the vehicle can be imported into the country. From within the EU, no customs duty will need to be paid and the VAT will be the difference in the taxes between the two countries.
However, if you have previously owned the car for at least a year abroad and have used the car for a minimum of six months prior to importation, no duties or VATs will be required because the vehicle is considered part of your personal possessions, which are exempt.
In order to import your vehicle into the Czech Republic, you will need the following documents:
For more information regarding the importation of your vehicle, please visit Alexio.cz.
Hiring qualified transporters with experience in the international shipping process of heavy equipment and oversized cargo is the outright safest and most affordable way to get your equipment delivered to the Czech Republic. As leaders in the auto transport industry, A1 Auto Transport has been shipping large and heavy cargo all over the globe for nearly 30 years. With our extensive clientele, we are frequently asked to ship all types of cargo overseas. Some of the heavy equipment and oversized cargo types we have shipped in the past, and are certainly able to ship again include…
There are several methods of overseas transport available to those trying to ship their cargo from the U.S. to the Czech Republic. After you describe your cargo to the representatives we have awaiting on your phone call, you will learn of which methods are available to you as according to the type of cargo you have. However, we’d like to give you a glimpse as to how we’re capable of overseeing your international transport by telling you a little bit about each of our overseas shipping methods.
The Czech Republic (Czechia) is a landlocked country in central Europe. The country has three core networks that pass through it, each having a major waterway that links it to the rest of Europe with a network of ports. Before you can understand the ports, you have to understand the three distinct corridors that form the Czech Republic's port network.
The Baltic-Adriatic Corridor: This corridor connects Poland, Slovenia, and Italy through Czechia through the Gdansk, Gydnia, Koper, Trieste, Venice, and Ravenna ports.
The Orient/East-Med Corridor: Connects Romania with Germany while passing through Czechia, with additional branches passing through Hungary, Bulgaria, and Turkey.
The Rhine-Danube Corridor: Connects Germany with Romania, passing through Austria, Slovakia, and Czechia.
These are the three corridors that make up the gateway of the Czech Republic with the rest of Europe. The major ports of the country include:
When importing into Czechia, the following documents must be presented to Customs:
Customs may require more forms, but your shipping company will provide you with the list before the shipping date. The shipping company for your car will often act as the customs broker, handling the process for you.
For importing a car, these are the documents required:
These documents show where the vehicle will be garaged and the reason for entering the country (like for work).
The SAD is a form used for customs declarations in the European Union, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, the Republic of North Macedonia, Turkey, and Serbia. It is made of eight copies, each with different functionality. Using the one document helps reduce the administrative burdens and increase the standardization of data collection on trade.
The SAD is used:
The document covers any goods placed under customs procedures, including export, free circulation, transit, warehouses, inward processing, outward processing, temporary admission, and more.
A freight forwarder is someone who is connected within the supply chain, concentrating on the logistics and physical transportation of cargo. They are in touch with every entity in the export process that handles or is aware of the cargo moving via truck, boat, train, plane, or any combination thereof. Freight forwarders are in charge of assembling and completing a variety of documentation and compliance filings.
The Department of Homeland Security defines customs brokers as a private individual, partnership, association, or corporation licensed, regulated, and empowered by US Customs and Border Protection to assist importers and exporters in meeting the regulatory requirements. Brokers charge their clients a fee for the services they provide, such as submitting the necessary information and appropriate fees or taxes to the government it is required.
Specific duties and must be licensed
Freight forwarders can be customs brokers
Not every customs broker is a freight forwarder
Handle both imports and exports of goods/vehicles
The primary focus is on the importation side
Both can work together to help facilitate the issues with import or export transactions.
Depending on where you are shipping from, time and cost can fluctuate. If you ship from a port that is on the eastern seaboard of the US, it will take less time than if you were to ship from the western seaboard. This is primarily due to the location of the exporting port and the importing port in Czechia.
When shipping from the US to Czechia, you can expect there to be ground charges and transport time unless you plan on dropping your car off at the port. Then there is the time and cost for shipping it as cargo on an ocean liner. You can expect five to seven days of ground transport and an additional 20 to 34+ days for sea transport. Altogether, you can expect the process to range from just under $2,000 to over $3,000, depending on varying factors.
One thing to remember, when discussing prices and transport time, they are all estimates. Some factors can speed up or delay the shipping time, which are not in the control of the shipping company you use. There should also be an additional 10 to 14 day period added for customs paperwork and duty processing times.
Estimated Time (Ground+Ocean)
New York, NY (New York Port) to Prague
Los Angeles, CA (California Port) to Prague
Seattle, WA (California Port) to Prague
Atlanta, GA (New York Port) to Prague
Two of the most common vehicle shipping methods for overseas transport are container and RoRo.
Containers are dedicated boxes that protect all four sides and the top and bottom of the vehicle. Most vehicles can use a dedicated 20 ft. container, but for larger vehicles or multiple shipments, it may be more cost-efficient to secure a 40 ft. container. These containers are lifted onto the ships using a crane, often stacked on top of one another. While this may be the most expensive form of transport, it is also the safest.
RoRo stands for Roll-on/Roll-off and is exactly how it sounds. The vehicle is driven onto the ship and then driven off. This is the least expensive shipping method for transporting a vehicle but has its own downsides. When using RoRo for shipping, the car is exposed to the elements and potential theft of accessories, like the license plate. Unless you have made the proper preparations (which your shipping company will tell you about), you may want to try a more secure method of transport.
Yes, in order for your vehicle to be granted entry into the country (and the EU), it will have to meet the standards of road readiness before it can be awarded entry. One of the first things that are checked is the emissions standards. Herein lies the problem for most vehicles from the US into the EU, mainly because of the different standards between these countries. Fixing the emission standards can be costly, so determining if it meets standards before you ship the car may be in your best interest.
Your vehicle will also be inspected to ensure that the technical specifications are up to code. This means that your car's brakes, tires, bumpers, engine, turn signals, and other parts that enhance the vehicle's safety will be checked before it is allowed into the country. So, for example, if your bumper is being held up by duct tape and bungee cords, you might want to consider seeing a mechanic to fix it before shipping it.
If you have to make adjustments to get your car road-ready in Czechia, it can be a long process – taking up to a month or more. Additionally, you may be subject to additional fees for importing the car into Czechia. Most people tend to sell their car and buy a new one when they move from the US to Czechia.
When a car is imported from outside the EU, it is charged a customs duty of 10% of the vehicle's market value. In addition to this, it is also assessed a value-added tax of 19%. Both of these charges have to be paid before the vehicle can be imported into Czechia. If the car is coming from within the EU, there is no customs duty, and the taxes owed are the difference between the two countries.
One caveat to these charges is based on how long you have owned the vehicle. If you have owned the car for at least one year abroad and used it for a minimum of six months before importing it, no duties or VATs are charged because the car is considered a part of your personal possessions. These are exempt from these types of charges.
When shipping a vehicle overseas, something to keep in mind is the number of steps that it takes before it reaches the destination. Your shipping company picks the car up from you, transports it to the port where it will be exported, it gets loaded onto a ship, it sails across the sea, is then unloaded at the destination port, and dropped off to you. Several things could pop up between pickup and drop-off that you should take into consideration. (Please note that not all of these occur regularly – it is just best to be prepared.)
If you worry that your shipment has been delayed, you can check with your shipping company. Most vehicle transport companies now have ways of tracking your vehicle for every part of the shipping process. This not only gives you peace of mind but allows you to be a proactive part of the shipping process.
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.
Due to the nature of my work, I must relocate every couple of years to where my company needs me. Because of this, I’ve tested several moving and auto transport companies over the years.
And my choice in terms of auto transport has to be A1 Auto Transport. It’s in the name, but also in the quality with which they do their jobs. I’ve never had a problem with this company.
The only time my shipment was delayed was during winter when a snowstorm closed down all the major roads. And they still found an alternative and got my car delivered before roads got unstuck.
When I moved to West Virginia, they picked up my car the very day I called them. I like to think they take special care of me considering all the business I’ve sent them. I’ll continue to support A1 Auto Transport. It’s my number one pick in auto shipping to this day.
I considered selling my car when I moved to Washington. It was old and rusty, but I grew attached to it. So, I called a couple companies to transport it to my new home, but they both fell through.
The first one couldn’t decide on a schedule. He would constantly change the pickup date till I got frustrated and canceled. The second was insufferable, very rude on the phone, even worse in person.
They started picking a part my car asking me why I still have it. If that’s their opinion of my vehicle, how can I trust they’ll take care of it? If something happened midway, why wouldn’t they just blame it on the car instead of paying up?
So, I cancelled this company as well and turned to A1 Auto Transport. From the get go, they were very different from my past options. Their website was very professional and up to date, full of useful information. I requested a quote using their online form, and I got an email response within an hour. Surprisingly fast!
If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought they were lacking customers, but the email spoke for itself. In just one email, everything I needed to know was there, including a contact number I could use to get more information or confirm the transport.
I called and got things rolling. I was very pleased with the driver. He followed standard procedure and represented his company well. Can’t remember his name, but props to him!
The car arrived in Washington 6 days later in excellent condition. From what I understand, the transport was delayed a bit by a storm, but since the time window was 4-6 days from the beginning, I don’t really care. You have my full support and recommendation!
There are a lot of options for auto transport these days, which surprisingly makes it harder to find a good company. I received more than 10 offers to ship my car, but I couldn’t decide on any of them.
After doing some research, I got even more worried reading about all the scams and accidents that can happen. But, I have work to do and couldn’t afford to drive my newly purchased Mini Cooper all the way to Virginia.
Fortunately, I made the right choice with A1 Auto Transport. They are very good at their jobs. I spent more than an hour drilling Joe with various questions, and he never once lost his patience. He saw I was interested, so he bore with me until I was satisfied. The driver was also very courteous and my car was intact on arrival. I couldn’t have asked for more.
By the way, the price we first agreed on stayed the same. There were no delays or unexpected “surprises.” I can safely say this is a legit company that will get the job done.
We give A1 Auto Transport a big 10 out of 10! We chose them to move our car from California to Vermont, since we needed professionals.
We were abroad during the transport, so the transport was a bit tricky. The driver had to pick it up from storage on short notice and get it to its destination within at most 10 days. I was happy to note it arrived sooner. We got it 3 days early, right when we got home to pick it up. It made getting around way easier. Awesome service!
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