Turkmenistan - Country Commercial Guide

Describes how widely e-Commerce is used, the primary sectors that sell through e-commerce, and how much product/service in each sector is sold through e-commerce versus brick-and-mortar retail. Includes what a company needs to know to take advantage of e-commerce in the local market and, reputable, prominent B2B websites.

Last published date: 2020-10-15

Electronic commerce is rudimentary and the country does not have specific laws or regulations to govern the e-commerce sector. Chinese websites are the top destination for Turkmen citizens shopping online. Electronics and clothing constitute the major types of goods purchased online from abroad.  Most customers access internet shopping websites from mobile phones, often with slow internet speeds.  There are no major consumer buying holidays or shopping days for e-commerce in Turkmenistan, except for those announced on Chinese internet websites like aliexpress.com. The major internet websites for commercial advertising in Turkmenistan include VESTNIKTM (https://www.vestniktm.com/), TMAWTO (https://www.tmawto.com/tm/), EMLAK (http://www.emlak.tm/), and Satlyk (https://satlyk.org/), although no online payment options are available. Currency convertibility is a major limitation to e-commerce or any other type of foreign transaction in Turkmenistan.