Country Guide: Turkmenistan

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Updated: November 20, 2015

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of Passport
  • Copy of Visa
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Packing list
  • Letter from Embassy to Customs Committee (Diplomats)
  • Diplomatic Note approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Copy of Diplomatic Card (Diplomats)
  • Pro-forma Invoice (foreigners and returning citizens)
  • Letter of Employment (foreigners)
  • Customs Declaration blank form (to be completed at Customs)

 

Specific Information

  • Foreigners must pay USD 5 per hour for Customs service.
  • Turkmen citizens are not permitted to import household goods and personal effects on a temporary import basis and must pay full Customs taxes and duties.
  • A pre-alert with copies of all documents should be sent 10 days prior to the arrival of the shipment to avoid payment of heavy import duties.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Permission of Operation Department of Ashgabad Customs Office
  • Insurance documentation
  • OBL / AWB
  • Inspection by State Vehicle Inspection
  • Receipt of plates from State Vehicle Inspection
  • Driving manual for the vehicle
  • Temporary / Permanent Import Declaration
  • Permission from Transinspection (Diplomats and foreigners)
  • Certificate of Standard of State (Diplomats and foreigners)
  • Temporary Import Declaration (Diplomats and foreigners)

 

Specific Information

  • The permanent importation of vehicles is subject to full Customs taxes and duties per fixed Customs tariff (foreigners).
  • Vehicles can be imported on a temporary basis with a Customs duty payment of $25.00 + $5 per hour for Customs services (foreigners).
  • The sale of a vehicle temporarily imported is restricted (foreigners).

Pets

Documents Required

  • Certificate of Vaccination
  • Veterinary Health Certificate

 

Specific Information

  • Permission from CITES is required for the importation of endangered species.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Precious jewelry, stones and currency can be imported only as accompanied baggage and must be declared with Customs authorities at the airport.
  • Wine and spirits for personal consumption (1L per person)
  • The following items may be qualify for free import within the limits indicated:
    • Cigarettes (200), cigars (50), cigarillos (100), tobacco (500 g)
  • Amounts in excess of limits for free import are subject to duties and taxes as follows:
    • US $ 1.00 per liter excise duty
    • Up to 30% of value Customs duty (depending on the % of alcohol)
    • 15% of the value of the value added tax (VAT)
    • 0.2% of value Customs procedures duty
  • Hunting weapons (authorization from the Ministry of Interior required)

Prohibited Items

  • Weapons of all kinds
  • Pornography
  • Narcotics
  • Toxic and radioactive materials

Consignment Instructions

Recommended:  Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

 

Helpful Website(s):

http://turkmenistanembassy.org

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1047.html

 

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.