European shipping (customs and taxes)

I am keen on getting an Elite Series CNC (when available) and will need to have it shipped to Europe (Czech Republic specifically). I was stunned by the shipping costs ($1600 to ship here), especially when it is $1000 less to ship to neighbouring Germany and almost that much less to the other neighbouring country, Slovakia. Can anyone explain why the exorbitant shipping fees?
As well, are custom fees built into the cost? What about VAT (value added tax) for European countries?
Appreciate any insight from members who have have OneFinity CNC’s shipped to Europe… and the good/bad about shipping/customs.
Regards, Lobyk

Hey Lyle,

you can use the search function of this forum.