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


Import Tariffs
Intellectual Property Rights
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 (%)
-other vegetable fiber
-man-made fiber
0 - 16
Woven Fabric
0 - 3
11.7 - 12.5
10 - 13
-other vegetable fiber
8 - 10
-man-made fiber
5 - 16.7
Knit Fabric
3 - 8
Non Woven Fabric
Industrial Fabric
5 - 12.5*
5 - 18.3*
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.
10 - 18.3*


Travel Goods



8 - 18.3*

0 - 17.7
* Some products may be subject to per unit tariffs.

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.

For information on how to determine tariff rates, see the webpage on Tariffs and Import Fees.

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Import Documentation/Procedures (Kazakhstan)

Foreign entities cannot deal directly with customs officials in Kazakhstan and are legally required to use services provided by licensed customs brokers having the right to operate in Kazakhstan. The Kazakhstan Customs Control Agency maintains a registry of licensed customs brokers on its website.

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

Customs Union - Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus

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 webpage on Common Export Documents.

For more information on import procedures and documentation requirements, see the Country Commercial Guides (CCG) in the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library (enter your country of interest in the "country" field, and enter "Country Commercial Guide (CCG)" in the "Report Type" field. Some market research reports are available only to U.S. companies and U.S. students/researchers that are registered with

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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)
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.

U.S. companies can register for the Notify U.S. service to learn about and comment on proposed changes to foreign standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures that may affect U.S. access to global markets.

Additional resources:

Examples of voluntary formaldehyde labeling programs

American Apparel and Footwear Association's Restricted Substances List

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) 2014 global guidebook on Understanding Chemical and Physical Requirements for Footwear

ASTM International

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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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Intellectual Property Rights - Kazakhstan
The National Institute of Intellectual Property performs formal examination of patent applications. Applications for trademark, service mark and appellations of origin protection may also be filed with the National Institute of Intellectual Property. Copyrights are overseen by the National Institute of Intellectual Property Rights, under the Ministry of Justice.

Also see the National Institute of Intellectual Property.

For information on protecting your trademarks, patents and copyrights: --Protecting Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Abroad

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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.

Government Procurement-- See Global Procurement Opportunities for U.S. exporters.

The procurement system in Kazakhstan is highly decentralized with different government agencies and companies managing specific procurement projects. See the State procurement website. The E-commerce Center is the sole tool used in government procurement.

Newspapers designated by the Committee for Financial Control and Public Procurement publish the tender opportunities. However, what appears in print and what happens in practice can be very different. Short deadlines for tenders, lack of transparency in business dealings, and serious nonpayment issues are frequent complaints.

Electronic Government in the Republic of Kazakhstan

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 Center near you or contact an international office.

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) Trade Data & Analysis webpage

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service

U.S. Department of State - U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions and
U.S. Department of State Country Background Notes

U.S. Office of the Trade Representative

Local Industry and Trade Associations

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