Business advisory service
Trade support institutions or trade promotion institutions are a good starting point when looking for business opportunities and company information. Therefore, it is helpful to obtain contact information on existing trade support institutions that can help find other sources, direct company contacts, business opportunities or other trade information.
The Czech government as well as EU structural funds offer various types of business support. This section offers an overview of support to businesses operating or intending to operate in the Czech Republic.
CzechTrade - National Trade Promotion Agency
CzechTrade is the National Trade Promotion Agency of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Its main task is to assist companies in development of mutual trade and cooperation. Through its foreign as well as local offices, the agency provides trade information, practical assistance to exporters and foreign buyers, consultancy, educational programmes; it assists companies throughout trade fairs. The web site can also publish advertisements of foreign companies willing to enter the Czech market or searching for a partner.
Czech Exporters Directory is available in the following languages:
CzechInvest - Investment and Business Development Agency
CzechInvest, the Investment and Business Development Agency, is an agency of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Established in 1992, the agency contributes to attracting foreign investment and to the development of domestic companies through its services and development programmes. CzechInvest also promotes the Czech Republic abroad and acts as an intermediary between the EU and small and medium-sized enterprises in implementing structural funds in the Czech Republic. All CzechInvest’s services are free of charge.
Czech Chamber of Commerce
Czech Chamber of Commerce is the national Chamber of Commerce representing the entrepreneurial public. It protects the interests of its members – small, medium and large enterprises associated in a network of regional chambers and trade associations. It is also a part of the WTC network - World Trade Center Prague. A subscriber service enables to accept requests (sales leads) from abroad if someone is looking for products or suppliers. There is also a specialized Chamber for Commercial Relations with the Confederation of Independent States (Russia and other former Soviet countries) providing information and advisory services to its members.
Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic
The Confederation is a voluntary organization associating employers and entrepreneurs in the field of industry and transportation. The web site provides a database of members that can be searched according to various criteria. The Confederation is also involved in organising trade missions and match-making services for businesses.
Association for Foreign Investments
The Association for Foreign Investments represents a group of service companies with local experience that support the entry of foreign investors to the Czech Republic. It offers a wide range of professional services to foreign investors entering the local market. The key objective of AFI is to ensure that foreign investors’ entries into the Czech market are as smooth and easy as possible. Consultants from the AFI group are experts in advisory services, consultancy, project services, and inspection.
International Chamber of Commerce - Czech Republic
An essential service provided by the International Chamber of Commerce is the ICC International Court of Arbitration. ICC represents its members in international disputes. ICC offers important publications on rules, codes and other standards which govern the conduct of international business – some have been translated into the Czech language (e. g. INCOTERMS, ICC model of trade contract).