Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
Last updated on 07/25/2012
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 - Uzbekistan
|Custom duties for imported goods vary between 0 and 200 percent. As of 2009, 10-30 percent duties are applied to imported clothing, furniture, metals, and foodstuffs. A 50 percent duty is applied to luxury consumer goods.|
Additional import taxes and fees--A 20-percent VAT (value added tax) is applied on the declared customs value plus custom duties and excise tax (if applicable). Excise tax is charged as a percentage of the declared customs value of certain products, such as cigarettes, vodka, ice-cream, oil and gas condensate, fuels, cars, carpets, etc.
Samples/Temporary Entry--Goods sent to the country temporarily must be declared under the Customs Service's temporary importation regime. Procedures and requirements regarding temporary imports depend on the purpose and terms of import. Under current legislation, firms are required to deposit the value of transiting goods with a local bank. The funds should be returned once the goods have be exported.
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Import Documentation/Procedures (Uzbekistan)
|Customs clearance is a complicated process in Uzbekistan and even capital equipment imports are subject to substantial processing delays. To minimize the effect of these problems, many firms contract for pre-shipment inspections (PSI). Excessive documentation requirements make customs clearance a costly and time-consuming process. In the absence of a system of pre-arrival clearing and systematic risk analysis, the customs clearance process in Uzbekistan requires physical inspection of all consignments.|
The customs clearance process normally occurs in the territory where the customs authority is located. However, if requested by the party concerned, customs clearances can be conducted in other locations.
For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
State Customs Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan
The Government Portal Ministry for Foreign Economic Relations, Investment and Trade
|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 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 Export.gov.
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Import Restrictions (Uzbekistan)
|No information is currently available on any bans, quotas, or other restrictions.|
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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 - Uzbekistan
|Standards for imported goods are subject to state registration through branches of the Uzbekistan Agency for Standardization, Metrology and Certification - Uzstandard Agency. There are no printed newspapers on technical regulations. U.S. entities may direct inquires to the Uzstandard Agency. The website has a Questions and Answers tool.|
The list of imports subject to obligatory certification includes foodstuffs, alcohol and soft drinks, tobacco, minerals, metal products, fuels, crude oil and oil refinery products, fertilizers, perfumes, cosmetics and toiletries, poisons, plastics, rubber products, wooden products, paper products, textiles products, certain types of clothing, reactors, boilers, equipment for transportation other than railway, electronics, and toys.
Local standards organization and other resources:
Uzbekistan Agency for Standardization, Metrology and Certification
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Labeling - Uzbekistan
Effective June 2003, all products must be labeled in Russian and Uzbek. All products sold in the country must have labels containing the following information in Uzbek: name of the product, manufacturer's name and contact information, and warnings (if any).
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Market Information - Uzbekistan
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.
Enterprises with foreign investments must be registered at the Ministry of Justice, and companies that utilize foreign capital must be registered at regional Hokimiats (local governors’ offices).
Government Procurement-- See Global Procurement Opportunities for U.S. exporters.
The tenders for each project and assignment are usually announced in the domestic and international press. A non-exhaustive electronic list of tenders is available at Uz Report Tenders or Tenderweek.
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