Kazakhstan Import Restrictions

In order to enter Kazakhstan, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Kazakhstan government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the Kazakhstan, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan Import Regulations

Import regulations

Senders should determine import restrictions from Kazakhstan authorities before posting:


  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animal products and animal skins
  • Audio Recordings
  • Antiques and works of art
  • Bees
  • Chemicals, non-hazardous
  • Coffee/coffee samples
  • Cologne and perfumes
  • Communications equipment
  • Computer components and parts
  • Computer tapes and discs
  • Cosmetics
  • Cotton Seed
  • Drugs: prescription and non prescription
  • Dairy products
  • Electronic music equipment
  • Fabric and fabric samples
  • Food stuffs
  • Fish products
  • Fruit
  • Grain samples
  • Leather goods
  • Leeches
  • Measuring apparatus
  • Medical samples
  • Medical/dental supplies
  • Medicines
  • Personal effects
  • Photographic and video equipment
  • Phones/modems
  • Plants and plant products
  • Radio and video machines
  • Silkworms
  • Soil samples
  • Seeds
  • Stamps
  • Tea
  • Telecomunications equipment
  • Televisions and television equipment
  • Tabacco
  • Vegetables
  • Yarn
  • Weapons, hunting.

EDN’s and export permits are required for:

  • Kangaroo skins
  • Crocodile skins
  • Emu oil
  • Fish oil
  • Bunker oil
  • Coal
  • Petroleum bases products
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Any other alcohol including beer and spirits all volumes.

Name and Address of Sender

The name and address of the sender must be shown on all items.

Special documentation requirements

Postal items to Kazakhstan by private individuals which contain goods that are not intended for commercial or manufacturing purposes are exempt from customs duty, provided they do not weigh more than 31kg and that the total value of the item does not exceed 100USD.

Commercial goods must include an invoice.

Inherited goods require a certificate, endorsed by a consul, which confirms the right of inheritance.

The sender and receiver details must be addressed with a valid street address in English. A Post Office Box address is not acceptable.

The sender is responsible for finding if the destination country may impose duties, taxes, brokerage fees or any other fees that may be applied on the item that is being sent. Please contact the consulate office of the country you are sending to or contact the ECI customer contact centre on 1800 007 678.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, Kazakhstan prohibits:

  • Animals, live
  • Antiques
  • Asbestos
  • Bullion and currency
  • Dangerous goods, haz. or comb. materials
  • Eggs, raw
  • Electronic and high-frequency machines
  • Firearms and firearm parts
  • Furs
  • Honey and honeycomb
  • Isopropanol
  • Ivory
  • Military equipment
  • Narcotics
  • Poisons and toxic substances
  • Perishables
  • Photographic Film(undeveloped)
  • Postage stamps (unused)
  • Pornography
  • Publications and printed matter of offensive nature
  • Precious metals, stones and jewellery
  • Rare animals and plants, and products
  • Subs, cont’g sodium/calc.clyclamate
  • Weapons and parts of weapons.

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