Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
Last updated on 12/11/2012
If you have any questions about the following information, please contact Maria D'Andrea-Yothers at the U.S. Department of Commerce- Office of Textiles and Apparel at 202-482-4058 or click here for e-mail access.
**The following information is provided only as a guide and should be confirmed with the proper authorities before embarking on any export activities.**
Import Tariffs - Kazakhstan
|Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia are members of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU, also known as the EAEU|) under the Governing body of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC). Most duties are levied on an ad valorem basis. However, some goods are subject to specific duties and others to a combination of specific and ad valorem duties. Specific duties are based on unit of measurement such as weight or volume and are stated and calculated in European currency units. Currently, about 85% of tariffs are harmonized across the EEU. Please keep in mind that there may be individual tariff rates that are not harmonized yet, although all tariff lines must be harmonized by 2025”
Kazakhstan Ad Valorem Tariffs on Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
* Some products may be subject to per unit tariffs.
Tariff Rate Range (%)
|-other vegetable fiber|
0 - 12
0 - 3
11.7 - 12.5
10 - 13
|-other vegetable fiber|
8 - 10
5 - 16.7
3 - 8
|Non Woven Fabric|
5 - 12.5*
5 - 18.3*
|Home Furnishings |
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.
10 - 18.3*
8 - 18.3*
0 - 17.7
For more detailed tariff information, see the Kazakhstan Customs Control Agency website; click on Единый таможенный тариф (Common customs Tariff). See also the Eurasian Economic Commission > Click on your language at the top > Under “what you need to know”, click on “Common Customs Tariff”.
Additional Import Taxes and Fees--A VAT (value Added tax) is set at a general rate of 12 percent and is levied on domestic and imported products. For imports, the VAT is levied on the sum of the customs value of goods, other taxes and mandatory payments. Some imports, such as leather clothing, may be subject to excise taxes, which range up to 100 percent.
Samples/Temporary Entry--Certain goods that are imported temporarily are fully or partially exempt from payment of customs duties and taxes. These include professional equipment, goods imported for demonstration purposes, shipping containers, and advertising materials. A firm importing goods for a temporary period should provide Customs with documents containing the description and value of the goods, and a written confirmation stating that the goods will be sent out of Kazakhstan after a defined period.
|If your product is primarily made in the U.S. of U.S. originating components it may qualify for duty-free entry into countries with which the U.S. has a free trade agreement (FTA). The U.S. currently has FTAs with the following countries: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Peru, Singapore and South Korea. See the FTA Tariff Tool, to determine the duty-free status or reduced duties that apply to products eligible under these free trade agreements.|
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Import Documentation/Procedures (Kazakhstan)
Import Restrictions (Kazakhstan)
|No information is currently available on any bans, quotas, or other restrictions.|
A current list of items, and the applicable regulations, can be found at Eurasian Economic Commission- EEC)
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|U.S. Export Restrictions:|
The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in the U.S. Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, and international narcotics traffickers and their agents in accordance with U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. The OFAC website includes summaries of sanctions programs for various countries and the “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons” (SDNs) list of entities and individuals with whom U.S. persons may not conduct business and whose property must be blocked if under the control of a U.S. person.
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the U.S. Department of Commerce is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which regulate the export and re-export of most commercial items. BIS maintains the Denied Persons List, which consists of individuals, and companies that have been denied export and re-export privileges by BIS, and the Entity List, which consists of foreign end users who pose an unacceptable risk of diverting U.S. exports and the technology they contain to alternate destinations for the development of weapons of mass destruction
Standards - Kazakhstan
Labeling - Kazakhstan
Kazakhstani government Resolution No. 44, adopted January 11, 2000, requires certain goods to be labeled in both the Kazakh and Russian languages. The following is a condensed list of textile and apparel products affected by this labeling law.
For detailed information on specific goods, contact the Committee on Technical Regulation and Metrology (Gosstandart).
- Carpets and other textile floor coverings;
- Machine-knit or hand-knit clothing and clothing accessories;
- Textile clothing and textile clothing accessories (except machine knit or hand-knit)
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Market Information - Kazakhstan
The emerging markets of Eurasia present unique opportunities for U.S. companies and Eurasian economies alike. The Special American Business Internship Training (SABIT) program builds partnerships and provides technical assistance by training Eurasian business leaders in U.S. business practices. These training programs directly support Eurasian economic and civil society development by encouraging market-based reforms, while generating valuable export and investment opportunities for U.S. industry.
While Eurasian markets are full of opportunity, there are an equal number of risks that must be considered. A sound understanding of the local market environment is instrumental in managing these risks. SABIT enables U.S. companies to develop this local knowledge by establishing partnerships and training local Eurasian management.
|U.S. companies may contact the U.S. Commercial Service for information and personalized counseling at every step of the exporting process. Find a U.S. Export Assistance Centers near you. |
For information on protecting trademarks, designs, patents and copyrights, see the STOPFAKES.GOV website. STOPFAKES.GOV is dedicated to helping U.S. companies protect their innovations and safely market their products at home and overseas. Find guidance and resources on how to register your company's intellectual property and protect it from counterfeiting and piracy. Also find IPR toolkits for select countries, as well as other country-specific information.
For information on selling to foreign governments, see the Global Procurement Opportunities website.
Other sources for market information and data:
No information is currently available.
OTEXA Export Market Report (U.S. export data for textiles, apparel, footwear and travel goods)
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service
U.S. Department of State - U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions
U.S. Office of the Trade Representative
Local Industry and Trade Associations
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