Turkmenistan - Country Commercial Guide

Includes web links to local trade fair or show authorities and local newspapers, trade publications, radio/TV/cable information.

Last published date: 2022-08-08

Electronic commerce is rudimentary and the country does not have specific laws or regulations to govern the e-commerce sector.   Several domestic e-commerce sites are in the early stages of development.  Chinese websites remain the top destination for Turkmen citizens shopping online.  Electronics and clothing constitute the majority of goods purchased online from abroad.  Most customers access internet shopping websites from mobile phones, often with slow internet speeds and through VPNs because many foreign sites are blocked within Turkmenistan.  Online payment options in foreign currencly are generally unavailable in Turkmenistan.  Currency convertability is a major limitation to e-commerce or any type of foreign transaction in Turkmenistan. 

There are no major consumer buying holidays 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/).