Market Reports/Tariffs
Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods

Kazakhstan

Import Tariffs
Documentation/Procedures
Restrictions
Standards
Labeling
Market Information

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
HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
Yarn
-silk
5003-5006
5
-wool
5105-5110
5
-cotton
5204-5207
5
-other vegetable fiber
5306-5308
5
-man-made fiber
5401-5406/5501-5511
0 - 14
........................
Woven Fabric
-silk
5007
0 - 3
-wool
5111-5113
10 - 11.3
-cotton
5208-5212
5 - 11.3
-other vegetable fiber
5309-5311
8 - 10
-man-made fiber
5407-5408/5512-5516
0 - 10
........................
Knit Fabric
60
3 - 8
........................
Non Woven Fabric
5603
5*
........................
Industrial Fabric
59
5 - 11.3*
........................
Apparel
61-62
5 - 14*
........................
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.
63
5 - 20*
........................
Carpet

Footwear

Travel Goods
57

64

4202
*

0*

0-15
* Some products may be subject to per unit tariffs.

For more detailed tariff information, see the Current Situation of Schedules of Members on the World Trade Organization website; 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”. Our table reflects the WTO, because the EEC is still in transition and the WTO is more recent.

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.

Additional resources for tariff information:

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Import Documentation/Procedures (Kazakhstan)

No specific information is available.

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
Kazakhstan Customs Control Agency

For information on common export documents, such as transportation documents, export compliance documents, certificates of origin, certificates for shipments of specific goods, temporary shipment documents, and other export-related documents, see the Export.gov webpage on Common Export Documents.

For country-specific information on import procedures and documentation requirements, see the
Country Commercial Guides (CCG) on the export.gov website.

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Import Restrictions (Kazakhstan)
No information is currently available on any bans, quotas, or other restrictions.
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
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Standards - Kazakhstan

A basic outline of Kazakh standards can be found on the Committee on Technical Regulation and Metrology - Gosstandart website. Additionally, firms can subscribe to SNIP, which publishes monthly updates to technical regulations and standards in use in Kazakhstan.

The following goods are subject to the mandatory procedure of certification; machines, cars, agricultural and telecommunication equipment, construction materials, fuel, clothes, toys, food and drugs.

Local standards organization and other resources:
Committee on Technical Regulation and Metrology (Gosstandart)

Kazakh Institute of Metrology

The National Center for Standards and Certification Information (NCSCI) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce provides information on U.S. and foreign standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures for non-agricultural products. NCSCI staff responds to requests for information by identifying relevant standards and regulations, and by referral to the appropriate standards-developers or private-sector organizations. Under copyright restrictions, NCSCI cannot provide copies of standards, but NCSCI does provide sources for accessing standards.


Notify U.S. - Member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to report to the WTO all proposed technical regulations that could affect trade with other Member countries. Notify U.S. is a free, web-based e-mail subscription service that offers U.S. companies an opportunity to review and comment on proposed foreign technical regulations that may affect their access to international markets.

Additional resources:

Examples of voluntary formaldehyde labeling programs

American Apparel and Footwear Association's Restricted Substances List

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

ASTM International

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)


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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.

  • 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)
For detailed information on specific goods, contact the Committee on Technical Regulation and Metrology (Gosstandart).

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Market Information - Kazakhstan


No specific information is available.



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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