UZBEKISTAN

Logistic and forwarding services in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan

Capital City
Taschkent

Population
28,9 Mio.

National languages
Uzbek, Russian, English.

Currency
Uzbek Sum

Gross national product (GNP)
USD 62.6 Mrd.

GNP per person
USD 2.046

Financial exports to Switzerland
CHF 130,7 Mio.

Financial imports from Switzerland
CHF 1224,3 Mio.

Bilateral relations Switzerland–Uzbekistan

Relations between Switzerland and Uzbekistan are mainly focused on development cooperation and cooperation at the multilateral level.

Economic cooperation

The volume of trade between Switzerland and Uzbekistan is modest. Imports from Uzbekistan are limited to precious stones and jewellery. Switzerland exports primarily chemicals, machines, pharmaceuticals and watches.

 

Business language

Uzbek, Russian, English.

Dimensions and weights

Metric system.

Currency

1 Sum (US) = 100 Tijin

ISO code: UZS

Customs tariff

Harmonised system.

Import control

Foreign trade is fundamentally liberalised. Licences are required for certain goods such as weapons, precious metals and radioactive substances. Medications, drugs and medicinal products must be registered with the Uzbek Ministry of Health before they can be imported. There is a ban on the import of used vehicles of emission standards category M2, M3 and N2, ethyl alcohol and printed materials with content that “is a danger to the state”. Goods can be imported duty free from countries with which there are free trade agreements. There is compulsory marking (QR code) for some goods (e.g. household devices such as refrigerators and freezers, vacuum cleaners, DVD players, radios and televisions etc.) that was introduced on 01/01/2012; marking is carried out by the Uzbek customs authorities.

The central bank regulates foreign currency transactions. The circulation of foreign currency in the country is prohibited. The only legal tender is the Som. State export guarantees are taken on for short-term transactions if evidence of securities with recognised banks is provided.

A plant protection health certificate in accordance with ISPM 12 is required for the import of seeds, plants and plant products.

Standard VAT rate: 20%

Pre-shipment inspection

Pre-shipment inspections are required for goods including certain foods, tobacco products and machines where the total invoice amount is above fob USD 10.000. Certificates are required for the majority of goods for Uzbekistan. In particular, an inspection is carried out to determine whether the Uzbek GOST-U safety standards and their international equivalents are being complied with.

Payment is generally dependent on the provision of an inspection certificate of this type.

Terms of payment and tenders

In payment transactions it is advisable for suppliers to establish a requirement of payment in advance or an irrevocable, confirmed letter of credit. Financing proposals following consultation with a bank. Tenders based on EUR ex works.

Marking/labelling

Recommendation: mark all goods “Made in …”.

Packaging

No special provisions known but stable and weatherproof packaging is required.

The regulations of ISPM no. 15 apply for wooden packaging materials.

Product samples

No detailed information known.

Shipping and accompanying documents

Consultation with the importer.

Shipping documents for freight shipments (rail, lorry)

a) Commercial invoices, 2 copies, property signed and in English with the standard information, uncertified.

b) Certificates of origin are generally not required; as the origin, indicate “Swiss” in the case of Swiss goods, or “European Union” for goods originating from UE.

c) Bank certification of the existence of foreign currency in the event of payment in a freely convertible currency.

d) Packing lists, 5 copies with the standard information.

e) Air freight and postal shipments, 1 international dispatch note, packages: maximum weight 31.5 kg, 4 customs declarations (English, French, Russian).

f) Bills of lading uncertified; order bills of lading are permissible if a notify address is indicated.

g) Guarantee certificates: required in individual cases (“the goods correspond to the latest technology”).