Kyrgyz Republic - Country Commercial Guide
Trade Barriers

Includes the barriers (tariff and non-tariff) that U.S. companies face when exporting to this country.

Last published date: 2020-08-28

Structural barriers to trade in the Kyrgyz Republic include a weak system of business law, a lack of an effective judicial system for breach-of-contract resolution, an unwieldy government bureaucracy, and rampant corruption.  Many companies serving the market report significant logistical difficulties.  In addition, there is a burdensome tax monitoring system for all companies operating in the Kyrgyz Republic, which may affect U.S. firms that decide to operate through a representative office.

Implementation of EAEU customs requirements continue to be non-uniform across the Union and within the Kyrgyz Republic itself, where the Kyrgyz government does not fully trust the main trading partners and does not rule out that these countries may deliberately create non-technical trade barriers.   Since March 2019, there have been significant delays in the movement of transit goods coming from the Kyrgyz Republic through the Republic of Kazakhstan caused by stricter inspections by the Kazakh authorities to protect their domestic producers. Numerous attempts of the Kyrgyz government to resolve the situation bilaterally did not lead to success, prompting the Kyrgyz Republic to lodge an official complaint against Kazakhstan to the WTO.

Customs inspectors are unable or unwilling to make informed decisions regarding requirements or clearances.

Widespread corruption, extending even to the judicial system, affects nearly all aspects of doing business, including customs clearance, registration, employment of locals and foreigners, and payment of taxes.