World Trade Organization Customs Alert – Kazakhstan


Changes to the list of WTO exemptions

The Eurasian Economic Commission adopted a decision No. 109 dated 19 December 2019[1]. This decision expands the list of goods in which respect Kazakhstan, as a condition for its WTO accession, applies the rates of import customs duties which are lower than the rates of customs duties under the Common customs tariff of the EAEU.

The expanded list provides for 3317 commodity items including food, wood products, jewelry, cars, special equipment (bulldozers, graders, pipelayers, snow blowers) as well as other items. The rate of customs duties decreased by 2%-50%. For example, the rates of customs duties in respect of cars decreased to 16%, in respect of special equipment to 1%, in respect of certain types of construction materials to 11%.

These changes are effective from 3 January 2020.

GRATA International

GRATA International is the largest independent law firm in Kazakhstan which provide a wide range of legal services, has existed on the market for more than 25 years and is one of the leading law firms in Central Asia and the Caspian region.

GRATA has been successfully engaged in customs practice for more than 10 years. As opposed to other consulting companies the tax team of GRATA is mostly composed of lawyers who have working experience in tax and customs services. This allows us to provide to our clients not only with proper but also with practical advice.

Our Services

·  Customs regulation;

·  Tax and customs duties at import and export of goods;

·   Non-tariff regulation;

·   Customs resolutions;

·   Customs audit.


For additional information, please visit our website or contact:


Assel Ilyassova


Head of Tax and Customs Department


+7  (727) 2445-777

+7  (701) 763-07-14


This alert for informational purposes only and shall not be treated as a legal advice. GRATA International is not responsible for any consequences arising from the use of the aforementioned information without its consent.

[1] Decision of the Council of the Eurasian Economic Commission dated 19 December 2019 No. 109 ‘On the introduction of amendments to the list of goods in which respect as a condition for the World Trade Organization accession, the rates of applicable import customs duties are lower than the rates under the Common Customs Tariff of the Eurasian Economic Union and the amount of such duties’.

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