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Why Czech Geography is Great for International Businesses

The Czech Republic is arguably the best Eastern European nation to do business in. A nation heavily-reliant on exports, international businesses seek out Czech suppliers for their high-quality products, and to take advantage of the country’s strategic geography.

 

But what about a landlocked nation could be good for trade?

 

As it turns out, a lot.

 

For businesses large and small, the Czech geography, and how companies take advantage of it, can take operations to the next level.

 

We’ve laid out the top three reasons why Czech geography is great for business, and how you can benefit. The Czech market is strong. But knowing these ins-and-outs will greatly boost your productivity.

 
 

Proximity to Other EU States

 

The Czech Republic is often cited as the geographical center of Europe, depending on your definition of Europe.

 

Czech is surrounded by other EU-member nations. With land borders connecting the country to EU markets large (Germany) and small (Slovakia). Beyond these borders, other major EU markets are still within striking distance of Czech suppliers.

 

By entering into trade with Czech, international businesses open themselves up to opportunities and markets across Europe

 

Because of this proximity to many markets, the Czech Republic is considered by many to be at the center of the European Union.

 

So, Czech suppliers are open to markets on all sides. With strong shipping routes from the air and along major highways, the Czech Republic is perfectly placed to take advantage of all the EU has to offer.

 

But, what does this have to do with non-EU nations, and business people?

 

Well, aside from being a strong market in itself, the Czech Republic’s relationship to the EU proves lucrative to all who trade with the country.

 

By entering into trade with Czech, international businesses open themselves up to opportunities and markets across Europe, especially in a place so centrally located.

 

Products sold in the Czech Republic will likely make their way into the rest of Europe, so you aren’t selling to a single country’s market. Plus, those buying from Czech will often have access to European products not produced in Czech simply by trading there.

 

Ultimately, the Czech Republic’s location within the EU is great for businesses.

 
 

Bridging the Gap

 
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If not centrally located in the EU, Czech is most definitely close to the center of the continent.

 

In fact, the Czech Republic is often considered a “Central European” country rather than Eastern. This is mostly due to how close it is to major markets like Germany and Austria, while still in reach of Ukraine, Lithuania, and other Eastern nations.

 

For many, the Czech Republic is seen as a bridge between Western and Eastern Europe, and sometimes as a connection to some Asian markets.

 

Historical relationships with these nations, smaller language barriers, and general geographic proximity make entering these markets much easier for Czech businesses and suppliers.

 

So, why does this matter?

 

By trading with Czech, international businesses can access Eastern European markets without directly dealing with them. Goods can travel through the Czech Republic en route to these other markets.

 

Eastern European markets can be difficult to access. Political difficulties, economic troubles, and trade relationships can stifle businesses looking to enter Eastern markets as far as Russia.

 

By trading with Czech, international businesses can access Eastern European markets without directly dealing with them. Goods can travel through the Czech Republic en route to these other markets.

 

As well, Czech suppliers have access to Eastern European products that international businesses can’t find elsewhere. Businesses and suppliers in Eastern European countries like Russia often use the Czech Republic as an entrance point into the EU. If you’re looking for products sourced from there, you might just need to do business with Czechs.

 
 

Shipping

 

No, we aren’t mistaken. We mentioned earlier that the Czech Republic is in fact a landlocked country, and therefore doesn’t have access to any major oceanic shipping routes. Also, like we said, Czech does have a great highway system and airport-shipping routes.

 

But, what you may not know, is that the country does utilize some water-based shipping.

 

While this is great for domestic shipping, the river links up to arguably the most important river, the Elbe, which leads directly into Germany and the Port of Hamburg. From there, ships have access to the North Sea

 

The country’s two major rivers aren’t only used for cruises and sightseeing. The Vltava, known as the country’s national river, houses many in-land shipping companies and operations.

 

While this is great for domestic shipping, the river links up to arguably the most important river, the Elbe, which leads directly into Germany and the Port of Hamburg. From there, ships have access to the North Sea, though vessels that can travel the Elbe probably aren’t too safe in the North Atlantic.

 

Because these nations are EU-affiliated and are in the Schengen area, there’s no need to pay for crossing borders in this river system, making shipping even easier.

 

But, so what?

 

The point of all of this is to show that the Czech Republic’s river systems connects its market to Germany, and from there to any Northern coastal market such as France and Scandinavia. Goods moving in and out of the country can be shipped via these rivers, which connect the Czech market to others through its geography.

 

Depending on the size of the shipment, international businesses often find that their goods are shipped much cheaper by sea than they are by air. Though it isn’t very practical for shipping to the Czech Republic from the US, your supplier could use these routes to move their goods easier and cheaper. The end result is that, ultimately, your prices go down.

 

As well, simply knowing that there are multiple routes for goods to travel in and out of the EU further entices international businesses to trade with The Czech Republic.

 

But, whether you’re shipping goods, or are receiving goods from a supplier, money is top of mind. For small businesses, the cost of transferring money abroad can be the deciding factor of whether or not to operate internationally. Why let these fees stop you from expanding your business?

 

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