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Moving to Kazakhstan


Capital: Astana
Population: 17,948,816 (2014)
Area: 1,052,085 sq. mi
Top 5 Largest Cities: 1. Almaty 2. Astana 3. Shymkent 4. Karaganda 5. Aktobe
Lanuage: Kazakh
Climate: Continental

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Required Documents for Import

To assist clearing your household goods, documents are very important to Customs. Below you will find some of the needed documents.

Import Declaration – A document stating the household goods being shipped.

Certificate of Origin – Gives verification of which country your household goods are manufactured in.

Import Requirements and Documentation

Your documents are very important within the clearance process. Below you will find some of the documents Customs will look forward to receiving.

    • Your Original Bill of Laden
    • Customs Declaration
    • Copy of Visa
    • Power of Attorney by the Kazakh notary
    • Notarized copy of Identification if you are a returning citizen
    • Your Packing List
    • Valued Inventory List in English or Russian
    • A copy of your notarized updated Tax Registration Number Form (TRN) if you are a returning citizen
    • Pro-forma Invoice on the letterhead of the booking agent including the value of your goods
    • EC-POA on your employer letterhead if you are a foreigner
    • A copy of your Passport
    • Letter of Employment on your employer’s letterhead for shipments over 441 lbs.
    • Foreign Affairs Participant Card if you are a returning citizen
    • A copy of your Kazakh Visa if you are a foreigner
    • Brokerage Agreement if you are a foreigner, returning citizen or shipping over 441 lbs.

Additional detailed document requirements

  • You must be physically present during Customs clearance.
  • Your shipment may be inspected if you are not a Diplomat.
  • All in-bound shipments must be declared under the Harmonized System code (HS code)

The Examination of Household Goods and Entry Documents

Once your household goods have arrived in Kazakhstan along with your documents, both are subjected to examination by Customs. A CBP officer will examine your household goods to determine the value, correct markings, proper invoicing, existence of prohibited items, damages, deterioration and illegal narcotics. It’s important to assure all items are properly described and accounted for to avoid any delays or seizure of items. Once your items are approved for release, they are safeguarded by the proper officers.

Duty and Taxes

Customs duties and taxes will be due once your items has passed through inspection. Your Customs duties will be based on the cost, insurance and freight (CIF) if your shipment is in-bound and not a Diplomat. Do not include any documents showing the true value of your goods to avoid hefty fees. Duties can range from 0 to 80% and Value-added Tax (VAT) 12% of the cost, insurance and freight (CIF). If you are a Diplomat, you can import for free.

Duty-free Items

You must be 18 years or older to import duty-free. Below are items and its quantities for duty-free sahipment.

  • 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 200 grams of tobacco products
  • 3 liters of alcoholic beverages
  • A reasonable amount of perfume for your personal use

Labeling and Marking Requirements

The correct labeling and markings are very important for Customs. Each mark and label should be in the English language. Please take a look below to discover the marking and labeling requirements.

  • The name and address of the importer
  • The country of Origin
  • Clearly numbered in reflection of the inventory list
  • The quantity

Prohibited Items

Customs deem certain items as prohibited for the safety of the land and its people. Take a look below at some of the prohibited items below.

  • New items
  • Detergent
  • Religious items
  • Photographs and printed materials against Kazakhstan
  • Stuffed animals
  • Medicines and kits
  • Explosives
  • Credit cards
  • Smoking mixtures
  • Food items
  • Spirits
  • Weapons
  • Alcohol
  • Perishable items
  • Toxic and radioactive
  • Travelers checks
  • Drugs
  • Plants in any form
  • Military arms
  • Ammunition
  • New liquids
  • Narcotics
  • Obscene articles, publications, videos and/or software’s
  • Alcoholic beverages

Restricted Items

Restrictions are very important to be attentive to when importing into Kazakhstan. Please take a look below at the items of restrictions.

  • Stones, precious jewelry, medicines and currency can only be imported within your accompanied baggage and must be declared with Customs.
  • High tech equipment, silver, artwork and musical instruments should have a list of values included in your documentation.
  • Artwork, rugs and antiques will require registration from the Ministry of Culture and also a document from the Ministry with record of items along with photographs.
  • Food items requires a compliance from the veterinary and phytosanitary regulation. DVD’s, CD’s, books, audio and video items must have documented the title, year of publication, topic and author/artist within the Inventory List.

Receiving your Household Goods

The liability for duties are paid once Customs has cleared your shipment for release. There are no options of prepaid duties or taxes prior to exportation from a foreign country. Once your shipment is filed with CBP, the party and only the party listed as the receiver can pick up the shipment. If household goods are warehoused, the party of liability can be changed to another party, most whom purchased the goods. The Customs broker cannot pay duties, but can accept a check written out to the Customs and Border Protection to forward. Once items are received, all articles are deemed owned by the receiver and no longer in ownership of the CBP.

For more information regarding moving to Kazakhstan, please review the websites below.

All information featured above is for viewing purposes only. To obtain up-to-date information about overseas shipment, please notify your nearest Consulate.