Uzbekistan: a growing country
International companies are increasingly exporting their products and machinery to Uzbekistan. This Central Asian country, with 32 million inhabitants, has experienced in recent years a progressive opening to international trade and considerable economic growth. In 2020, “annus horribilis” for the entire World economy, managed to maintain the positive trend, something that Russia and Kazakhstan, two of its main trading partners, were not able to emulate:
The forecasts for 2022 are very positive: it is estimated that the annual growth of the GDP could exceed 6%.
The most dynamic sectors are construction, which includes investments in infrastructure, energy and agriculture, which is being modernized thanks to Western and Chinese machinery. These sectors, as well as the increasingly dynamic industrial sector, have benefited from aid and financing projects from international organizations, such as the Asian Development Bank (ADB), World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).
Certificates of Conformity of the Republic of Uzbekistan (GOST-UZ)
Uzbekistan does not belong to the Eurasian Union and therefore does not recognize the EAC mark as a valid title for the importation of foreign products. Even so, it maintains important economic and cultural ties with Russia, which are evident in the conceptual structure of the Certificates of Conformity (also called GOST UZ or GOST UZB).
Similarities with Russian GOST certification
- Certificates may be mandatory or voluntary. The applicability of each form is determined by law (you may check list of products subject to mandatory certification on the official website of Uzbekistan Customs). The mandatory form is a customs requirement, while the voluntary form has commercial relevance since it demonstrates the quality of the product.
- Certificates may be issued for serial production of for a single contract. The exporter can choose the type of certification depending on the required validity of the document. The certification of serial products is more complex since laboratory tests are usually mandatory and can be valid for a maximum of 3 years. The certification for a single contract or single delivery can only be issued after the products have been introduced into the country.
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Differences from the Russian GOST certification
- The Applicant does not have to be a local company. The same exporting company can apply for an Uzbek certification.
- The certification body (and not the applicable regulations) chooses the certification scheme.
- GOST UZ marking is not mandatory. The exporter may apply the Uzbek logo (downloadable below) only in the case of serial type certification.
Technical Regulations of the Republic of Uzbekistan
In recent years Uzbekistan has made significant efforts in the field of Normalization and Standardization. Taking the Eurasian Union itself as a reference, it has published a series of Technical Regulations that have streamlined and simplified the country’s regulatory framework.
The list of Technical Regulations of the Republic of Uzbekistan will be familiar to anyone who knows the EAC Regulations:
- “On the safety of the construction of vehicles under operating conditions” (UzTR.191-001: 2012)
- “On the safety of railway transport during technical operation” (UzTR.192-002: 2012)
- “On the safety of printing products for educational institutions” (UzTR.146-003: 2015)
- “On the safety of metallurgical products” (UzTR.319-004: 2015)
- “On the safety of vehicles running on compressed natural, liquefied petroleum gases or a mixture of diesel and gaseous fuel” (UzTR.326-005: 2015)
- “On the safety of the structure of agricultural machinery” (UzTR.80-006: 2016)
- “On grain safety” (UzTR.99-007: 2016)
- “On safety of light industry products” (UzTR.148-008: 2016)
- “On the Safety of Medicines” (UzTR.365-009: 2016)
- “On electromagnetic compatibility of technical equipment” (UzTR.389-010: 2016)
- “On the safety of leather and footwear products” (UzTR.5-011: 2017)
- “On the safety of alcoholic beverages” (UzTR.71-012: 2017)
- “On the safety of glass containers” (UzTR.86-013: 2017)
- “On the safety of mine hoisting installations” (UzTR.99-014: 2017)
- “On the safety of telecommunication equipment” (UzTR.102-015: 2017)
- “On the safety of wheeled vehicles put into circulation” (UzTR.237-016: 2017)
- “On the safety of educational premises of secondary specialized, professional and higher educational institutions” (UzTR.265-017: 2017)
- “On the safety of training equipment and inventory” (UzTR.345-018: 2017)
- “On the safety of equipment working under pressure” (UzTR.427-019: 2017)
- “On the safety of milk and dairy products” (UzTR.474-020: 2017)
- “On the safety of packaging in contact with food” (UzTR.476-021: 2017)
- “On the safety of food products in terms of their labelling” (UzTR.490-022: 2017)
- “On the safety of fat and oil products” (UzTR.724-023: 2020)
- “On requirements for lubricants, technical oils and technical fluids” (UzTR.783-024: 2017)
- “On safety of elevators” (UzTR.801-025: 2017)
- “On the safety of devices operating on gaseous fuel” (UzTR.880-026: 2017)
- “On the Safety of Veterinary Medicines and Feed Additives” (UzTR.905-027: 2017
- “On requirements for automobile and aviation gasoline, diesel and marine fuel, jet fuel and fuel oil” (UzTR.931-028: 2017)
- “On safety of equipment for work in explosive atmospheres” (UzTR.941-029: 2017)
- “On the safety of meat and meat products” (UzTR.36-030: 2018)
- “On tobacco products” (UzTR.74-031: 2019)
- “On the safety of drinking water packaged in containers” (UzTR.861-032: 2019)
- “On Environmental Safety” (UzTR.95-033: 2020)
- “On the safety of fruit and vegetable juice products” (UzTR.119-034: 2020)
- “On the Safety of Soft Drinks” (UzTR.345-035: 2020)
- “On the safety of children’s toys” (UzTR.451-036: 2020)
- “On the safety of organic and organo-mineral fertilizers” (UzTR.729-037: 2020)
Metrological Certificate to export to Uzbekistan
Uzstandard, the Uzbekistan Agency for Standardization, Metrology and Certification, is the body responsible for the development of metrological standards as well as the certification of measuring instruments subject to these standards.
Metrological requirements often are an unpleasant surprise for exporting companies entering the Uzbek market for the first time. The offer of measuring instruments that already have Uzbek certification is limited, and if the manufacturer has not completed the procedure, the exporting company will do that. The cost of this certification can easily exceed that of the instrument itself, as is almost always the case with flow meters.
Besides, metrological certification usually has an added cost: the issuance of an additional GOST UZ Certificate.
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