The below information is a brief summary of customs regulations when you plan your international shipping to Kazakhstan Always double check with your local embassy or consulate to make sure you have all the information you need before you make your move. Contact the nearest Kazakhstan Embassy.

When you plan your international shipping to Kazakhstan, the following documents are required for customs clearance:

  • Way Bill of Lading
  • Packing List
  • Copy of the passport
  • Copy of the valid visa
  • Valued inventory in English or Russian *
  • Power of attorney document
  • Confirmation of employment in Kazakhstan

*NOTE: The valued inventory is purely for customs duty purposes and does not need to correlate with the values declared for insurance purposes.

When shipping goods overseas to Kazakhstan, The following items customs guidelines will need to be met:

  • The consignee should be present at the destination and should have a valid visa.
  • The consignee should be employed with a registered company.
  • Temporary import of HHG and personal effects in Kazakhstan is duty and taxes free. This is valid for one year and can be renewed every year until the time the expatriate has finished his stay and is ready to re-export the shipment.
  • Permanent import of HHG and personal effects is subject to customs duties and taxes. Additionally, a V.A.T. of 20% is charged on the import.
  • Only a limited amount of foodstuff, new items, and electronics are allowed duty free.

When shipping goods overseas to Kazakhstan, The following items are dutiable and/or restricted:

The allowance limit for duty free import of wine and spirits for personal consumption is two liters per person. All excess is subject to the following:

  • Excise duty of $1.00 / liter
  • Customs duty of up to 30% of value
  • V.A.T. of 20% of value
  • Customs procedures duty of .2% of value

When shipping goods overseas to Kazakhstan, The following items are prohibited, but are not limited to, from entry into the country:

  • Weapons of all kinds
  • Pornography
  • Narcotics
  • Exportation of antiques (carpets, paintings, books, or other items of cultural and/or historic value.)

When shipping Motor Vehicles overseas to Kazakhstan, The following documents and regulations will apply:

  • Cars can be imported duty and tax-free on a temporary basis. Yearly fee must be paid on such imports and sale of the temporary car is not allowed. Permanent import is subject to the tax and duties as per customs tariff.

Moving Pets to Kazakhstan: The following documents must be presented for the importation of pets:

  • Vaccination Certificate
  • Veterinary Certificate


  • Mark very clearly on the waybills, “USED HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS.”
  • Packing list should be in English or Russian.
  • Items such as books, CD’s, and audio or videotapes should not be mentioned on the packing list. If it is necessary to include these items, make sure to list the author, year of publication, and the topic of each item separately.
  • A separate list describing the values of high tech equipment, works of art, antique carpet, silver, and musical instruments should be included to avoid any problems when re-exporting at a later date.

If you are moving your household, commercial goods or motor vehicles to Astana, Almaty, Karagandy, Shymkent, Atyrau and Oskemen or to another other city, please give us a call to go over any questions on documentation.

The regulations are subject to change without notice. Our company is not liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance.