Prague is the capital and the biggest city of Czech Republic and it is also the 14th largest one in the entire European Union. It is located in the north-west part of the country. It has warm summers and cold winters, as far as climate goes and it also has the lowest unemployment rate in the entire EU. The economy is service and export oriented and Prague was named as the best city in CEE – Central and Eastern Europe for business.
If you need to import the car into the Czech Republic, it would have to meet the standards for road worthiness as per the requirements. One of the most important ones of them is the emission tests and this could be an issue for USA vehicles because Europe’s emission politics and standards are completely different than the ones of the USA. Fixing these emission standards would be incredibly costly so determining this is of utter importance.
The technical specifications must also be up to the code and this is why the vehicle has to be cleared for inspection. This includes a check of the brakes, tires, engine, blinkers and other significant and important parts of the vehicle ensuring its safe transportation.
The process of adjusting your car to be legal for the Czech Republic can be incredibly time consuming and it may cost a lot, even without paying the standard import duties and taxes. Most of the used and older vehicles are subjected to an additional eco-tax.
Taxes and Duties.
Cars which are imported from a country not part of the EU are charged a customs tax of 10% of overall evaluated price of the car along with 20% VAT. You have to pay those taxes prior to the shipment. If you are from the EU you don’t have to pay customs duty and the VAT charges will differ. Nevertheless, no VAT or duties are going to be imposed on you in case you have previously owned that car for over 12 months abroad and used it for more than 6 months before the import. It will be taken into account as your personal possession. You can get the details at the Embassy of Czech Republic.
Essential documentation in USA and Prague.
As with shipping internationally, there are plenty of documents needed to prove your ownership and details on the vehicle. You are going to need:
- Bill of sale of the vehicle.
- Title deed.
- Company/ Personal declaration about the vehicle.
- Copy of the work/residence visa.
- Passport copy.
- Insurance on the vehicle.
The RO-RO method of shipping is mostly preferred by people who only have to transport their vehicle and no other personal items. Roll-On/Roll-Off is done by driving the car on the platform of the shipping deck and fastening it down so that it doesn’t move throughout the shipping period. This is incredibly convenient and the cheapest way to get your vehicle shipped.
Container shipping is your next choice. Keep in mind that the leftover space of the container could be freely used by the customer and you can easily fill it with other personal belongings in order to get the most value out of the shipping process. You can choose between 20 ft. and 40 ft. container and ensure that the added layer of security will lower the chances of damage.
Written By:Joe Webster
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.
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