Uzbekistan - Country Commercial Guide
Chemicals

This is a best prospect industry sector for this country.  Includes a market overview and trade data.

Last published date: 2021-10-10

Overview

Uzbekistan possesses abundant natural resources which have traditionally been exported as raw materials and brought substantial earnings to the country. The government’s present strategy is to build processing capacities for producing higher value-added goods. The chemical industry plays a key role in this strategy. The national program for chemical industry development plans a $12.1 billion investment (including $1.7 billion in foreign direct investments and $9.2 billion in loans from financial institutions) in 31 projects in 2019-2030. These investments will be aimed at expanding and/or creating production of nitrogen, phosphorus, potash and complex mineral fertilizers; polymer products, including polyethylene terephthalate (PET), polyvinyl chloride (PVC), synthetic rubber, polystyrene, polyurethane, polyol, acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) plastic, polyacrylonitrile (PAN); melamine, methylamine, formaldehyde, urea-formaldehyde and melamine-formaldehyde resins, ethyl acetate, edible salt, bicarbonate sodium, chloroacetic acid, sodium nitrate, butyl acetate, trisodium phosphate, nitrocellulose, reagents, catalysts and chemical additives for the metallurgical, oil and gas and textile industries, as well as polymer fittings, biaxially-oriented polypropylene film (BOPF), plant protection chemicals and active ingredients for their production. On June 21, 2021, the government signed an agreement with International Finance Corporation (IFC) to support modernization of the chemical industry and attract foreign investment.

 

2018

2019

2020

2021 estimated

Total Local Production

1,907

1,951

2,082

2,200

Total Exports

881

837

821

850

Total Imports

2,131

2,688

2,904

3,200

Imports from the US

1.5

14.9

4.2

N/A

Total Market Size*

3,157

3,802

4,165

4,550

Exchange Rates**

8,069

8,839

10,056

10,600

*Total market size = (total local production + imports) – exports
**Exchange Rates = Uzbek soums per $1
Units: $ millions

Source: The State Statistics committee of Uzbekistan. Data for 2020 was estimated by Post using company project implementation progress reports. Imports from the U.S. data is from the U.S. census bureau. 

Leading Sub-Sectors

  • Technologies and equipment for petrochemical production
  • Technologies and equipment for fertilizer production
  • Technologies and equipment for producing chemicals used in other industries

Opportunities

U.S. companies may bid on contracts to supply processing technologies and equipment to the country and to provide consulting, engineering and construction services. The government presently has increased its interest in licensing technologies for natural gas processing. All public sector tenders and technical requirements, specifications, documents, and procedural explanations are available on the website of UzKimyoSanoat (state-owned chemical company comprising 14 industrial enterprises) and Uzbekneftegaz.

For specific opportunities, businesses should review tenders on the company websites, www.tenderweek.com (https://tenderweek.com/), or contact potential partners by phone or e-mail. In general, opportunities exist in natural gas processing; fertilizer and chemicals production; and construction, expansion, and modernization of production facilities.

Resources

U.S.  companies and individuals interested in learning more about upcoming procurements and export opportunities are encouraged to visit the following websites: