Turkmenistan - Country Commercial Guide
Import Requirements and Documentation

Includes import documentation and other requirements for both the U.S. exporter and foreign importer.
 

Last published date: 2020-10-15

The following documents are required for customs clearance of imported goods when the basis of the supply is a contract (and not a paid invoice):

  1. A contract registered at SCRME: The contract should be registered before the goods are delivered to Turkmenistan. Contracts are required to include the specifications of the goods, information on their origin, the currency involved, item price, and total price.
  2. A bill of lading for maritime transportation or a Cargo Movement Report (CMR) for transportation by truck: Customs officers will check the CMR or bill of lading against the information contained in the contract.
  3. A certificate of origin and quality: The certificate of the country of origin should be obtained from Turkmenistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the place of origin prior to the departure of goods. The importer is required to receive a certificate of conformity from Turkmen Standards (Turkmenstandartlary).
  4. A Customs Declaration: Customs declaration and clearance is the responsibility of the party specified in the contract. In most cases, however, the buyer takes on responsibility for the clearance process. During customs clearance, the State Customs Service charges a service fee of 0.2 percent of the contract price. Additional licenses may be required of the buyer, depending on the type of imported product (an alcohol trade license to import alcohol, or a State Radio Frequencies Commission permit to import radio electronics and high frequency devices, for example). Turkmenistan has freelance customs clearance agents who can assist with customs processing.