Turkmenistan - Country Commercial Guide
Prohibited and Restricted Imports

Includes a list of goods that are prohibited from being exported to the country or are otherwise restricted.

Last published date: 2020-10-15

Presidential resolution # 1987 (1994) outlines two separate sets of goods which must be licensed for import/export by the President and the Cabinet of Ministers. Import or export of the following goods requires presidential approval:

  1. Arms and military equipment and special items used for military production and military services;
  2. Gunpowder, explosive substances, explosive and pyrotechnic devices;
  3. Radioactive materials, technology, equipment and installations, special non-nuclear materials and radioactive waste;
  4. Precious metals and alloys, ores, scrap material and industrial waste (for export only);
  5. Precious stones and items including industrial waste, powder, recuperation of precious stones, pearls and amber;
  6. Narcotics and psychotropic substances;
  7. Special raw materials, equipment, technology and scientific information used for arms and military equipment production;
  8. Dual-use materials, equipment, and technology that may be used for production of nuclear, chemical, and other weapons of mass destruction;
  9. Export of scientific research, technology and inventions; and
  10. Poisons (except those included in the list below).

The Cabinet of Ministers tightly controls licenses to export or import the following goods:

  1. Chemicals;
  2. Poisons;
  3. Industrial waste;
  4. Turkmen national jewelry;
  5. Culturally valuable goods;
  6. Antique printed products and manuscripts;
  7. Archaeological artifacts;
  8. Numismatics;
  9. Art pieces;
  10. Collections of materials on mineralogy and biology;
  11. Central Asian sheep-dogs (Alabay);
  12. Ahal Teke horses;
  13. Pedigree cattle;
  14. Wild animals;
  15. Wild plants, bones of fossil animals, ivory, horns, hoofs, corals and other such materials;
  16. Information about energy resources and minerals of regions and fields located in Turkmenistan and within the continental shelf, offshore zones;
  17. Export of documents related to accounting, human resources and other internal details of private businesses registered in Turkmenistan;.
  18. Import of any religious literature without permission of the State Commission on Religious Organizations and Expert Evaluation of Religious Information Resources (SCROEERIR), including the Bible and Koran; and,
  19. Import of cattle, sheep, goats, camels, and swine requires a permit from the Cabinet of Ministers.