When importing Slovakia products, each country that receives the goods will have its own regulations, laws, tariffs, duties and quotas as it relates to the goods being imported. Rules will be dependent on issues such as:
- the safety of the products,
- the political environment,
- the relationship between the importing country and Slovakia,
- whether the product is a scarcity in the country of importation,
- and anything else the receiving country deems important.
Moreover, some countries may make it easier or harder to import the products. For example, it is most likely that the countries of the European Union will accept products from Slovakia easier than other countries of the world because there are some rights and privileges afforded to EU members.
Canada has historically helped the original Czechoslovakia and maintained close ties to its people. As a result, Canada has been sympathetic and welcoming in the importation of Slovakia’s goods. Not only has Slovakia exported its products to Canada, but also, Canadian companies are making actual investments in the country.
Further, specific products will have strict restrictions when importing into foreign countries. For example, food products and animals, products that do not meet the importing country’s safety or quality control standards, and items that are considered risky.
It might also be easier to import products from Slovakia that are made from foreign investment. For example, a corporation in Canada or the US may have a factory in Slovakia. Those products may be imported based on the fact that the company is of Canadian or American origin. Many countries allow the importation of vehicles from Slovakia but the cars themselves are not really models indigenous to Slovakia but rather made in factories owned by major car makers from other parts of the world.
While Slovakia in past years saw much corruption which led countries to restrict or even bar imports, many steps have been take to clean up the situation paving the way for better trade relations. The system as a whole has become more lucrative for countries to trade with Slovakia, which has in turn, has reduced restrictions. Another fact that helped Slovakia was the acceptance into the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development). By conforming to international standards, Slovakia made great strides in exporting their products abroad.
Previous to 2006, practices in Slovakia were a concern in that trade secrets, especially as they related to pharmaceutical patents, were not properly protected. Again, Slovakia took steps to improve and this has improved their relations with importing countries.
As long as Slovakia continues to make inroads in creating relationships with other countries, restrictions and regulations should decrease.