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Azerbaijan Customs Information

Since 1929 year Customs activity was regulate with the relevant decree of the Central Executive Committee and the Council of People's Commissars dated December 19, 1928.
In the beginning of 1946 year Baku Customs structure was expanded. The new structure was consisting from the following divisions:

  • General department;
  • Accounting;
  • Judicial-Confiscation Department;
  • Department of the cargo;
  • Department of Post-passenger;
  • Marine Department

In 1955 year, the ship and cargo divisions turn into a single ship-cargo department and the Judicial-Confiscation department with the loosing of some of the repressive functions turn into fight against smuggling department.
In 1956-1988 at the Baku customs structure regularly have been carried out various changes.
In January 27, 1989, with the command of No. 17 of the State Customs Control Department under the USSR Soviet of Ministers on the basis of the Baku Customs was created Republic of Azerbaijan Customs Republic with the subsequent subordination of other customs in Republic (Julfa and Astara).
After the restoration of the independence of the Republic of Azerbaijan by presidential decree in January 1992, the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan Republic was established.

Duties and Tax Exemption

For contact information regarding government custom authorities, please follow the link below: 

4.1 Azerbaijan Government Contact List

Emergency Response:

[Note: This section contains information which is related and applicable to 'crisis' times. These instruments can be applied when an emergency is officially declared by the Government.  When this occurs, there is usually a streamlined process to import goods duty and tax free.]

In the following table, state which of the following agreements and conventions apply to the country and if there are any other existing ones

Agreements / Conventions Description

Ratified by Country?

(Yes / No)

WCO (World Customs Organization) member

Yes - 17 Jun 1992

Annex J-5 Revised Kyoto Convention

Yes - 03 Feb 2006

OCHA Model Agreement

n/a

Tampere Convention (on the Provision of Telecommunication Resources for Disaster Mitigation and Relief Operations)

n/a

Regional Agreements (on emergency/disaster response, but also customs unions, regional integration)

Azerbaijan is an observer government of the World Trade Organization (WTO)

Exemption Regular Regime (Non-Emergency Response)

[Note: This section should contain information on the usual duties & taxes exemption regime during non-emergency times, when there is no declared state of emergency and no streamlines process (e.g. regular importations/development/etc.).]

Prohibited Items:

  • Weapons, pornography, drugs, political literature

General Restrictions:

  • Commercial equipment, mobile phones, and satellites only permitted with authorization by the Ministry of Communication. Medicines and medical equipment only permitted with authorization by the Ministry of Health. Food, foodstuffs, animals, and seeds only permitted after an hygenic inspection.

Items may be imported exempt from import duties :
There are certain items , identified below which may be imported into the Azerbaijan republic exempt from import duties :

  • Assets imported by a foreign investor as a contribution to the charter capital of an azerbaijan legal entity
  • Property of foreign employees of locally registered companies , which are imported for personal use
  • Goods imported for use as grants and loans under inter-governmental agreements
  • Goods imported by physical persons for gratuitous distribution ( humanitarian aid )
  • Goods imported under special regimes

For information on Azerbaijan Customs Exemption Regime additiona details, please see the following document:

Azerbaijan Customs Requirements For Household And Personal Effects

Exemption Certificate Document Requirements

 

  Food Shelter,Wash and education Medicines Vehicles and Spare parts Staff and office supplies Telecoms equiment
Invoice
Combined commercial invoice must be translated in to the Russian language
Combined commercial invoice must be translated in to the Russian language
Combined commercial invoice must be translated in to the Russian language
Combined commercial invoice must be translated in to the Russian language
Combined commercial invoice must be translated in to the Russian language
Combined commercial invoice must be translated in to the Russian language
AWB, BoL, or Other Transport Documents
Depending on the mode of transport used, it is needed a copy of TIR and CMR, Bill of Lading or MAWB
Depending on the mode of transport used, it is needed a copy of TIR and CMR, Bill of Lading or MAWB
Depending on the mode of transport used, it is needed a copy of TIR and CMR, Bill of Lading or MAWB
Depending on the mode of transport used, it is needed a copy of TIR and CMR, Bill of Lading or MAWB
Depending on the mode of transport used, it is needed a copy of TIR and CMR, Bill of Lading or MAWB
Depending on the mode of transport used, it is needed a copy of TIR and CMR, Bill of Lading or MAWB
Donation Non-Commercial Certificate
Original Translated into Russian
Original Translated into Russian
Original Translated into Russian
Original Translated into Russian
Original Translated into Russian
Original Translated into Russian
Packing List
packing list forms must be translated in to the Russian language
packing list forms must be translated in to the Russian language
packing list forms must be translated in to the Russian language
packing list forms must be translated in to the Russian language
packing list forms must be translated in to the Russian language
packing list forms must be translated in to the Russian language
Other Documents
Certification of origin
Certification of origin
Certification of origin + approval from the Ministry of Health
Certification of origin + approval letter from The Ministry Of Transport
Certification of origin + fumigation certification if required for wooden goods
Certification Of Origin + Approval from The Ministry Of Internal Affairs &The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology

 

Customs Clearance

General Information 

Customs inward manifest completed upon entry to Azerbaijan should be kept and presented at departure
No special authorization is needed for bringing in a video camera for personal use, save that us it is necessary to note it in the manifest
With a view of protecting of national and public safety, social morality, human life and health, animals and plants, environment, historic, archaeological, and artistic values of Azerbaijan and other nations, ownership rights, intellectual property rights, and in certain other cases prescribed by the legislation of the Republic of Azerbaijan or internation treaties to which it is the party import and export of certain items may be prohibited
Carriage of personal belongings is not subject to any duties: up to 125 grams of caviar, three blocks of cigarettes, three liters of alcoholic beverages and medicines as required.
The export of any antique items (including gems, coins and other works of art) without the permission of relevant bodies is prohibited.

For information on Azerbaijan Customs Clearance additiona details, please see the following document:

Azerbaijan Customs Clearance Additional Information

Customs Information

Document Requirements

Vat Number of the importer/ Exporter + Commercial Invoice in Russian + Packing list in Russian + BL + Certification of Origin

Embargoes

n/a

Prohibited Items

Weapons, pornography, drugs, political literature

General Restrictions

Commercial equipment, mobile phones, and satellites only permitted with authorization by the Ministry of Communication. Medicines and medical equipment only permitted with authorization by the Ministry of Health. Food, foodstuffs, animals, and seeds only permitted after an hygienic inspection.

Customs Clearance Document Requirements

 

Food Shelter,Wash and education Medicines Vehicles and Spare parts Staff and office supplies Telecoms equiment
Invoice
Combined commercial invoice must be translated in to the Russian language
Combined commercial invoice must be translated in to the Russian language
Combined commercial invoice must be translated in to the Russian language
Combined commercial invoice must be translated in to the Russian language
Combined commercial invoice must be translated in to the Russian language
Combined commercial invoice must be translated in to the Russian language
AWB, BoL, or Other Transport Documents
Depending on the mode of transport used, it is needed a copy of TIR and CMR, Bill of Lading or MAWB
Depending on the mode of transport used, it is needed a copy of TIR and CMR, Bill of Lading or MAWB
Depending on the mode of transport used, it is needed a copy of TIR and CMR, Bill of Lading or MAWB
Depending on the mode of transport used, it is needed a copy of TIR and CMR, Bill of Lading or MAWB
Depending on the mode of transport used, it is needed a copy of TIR and CMR, Bill of Lading or MAWB
Depending on the mode of transport used, it is needed a copy of TIR and CMR, Bill of Lading or MAWB
Donation Non-Commercial Certificate
Original Translated into Russian
Original Translated into Russian
Original Translated into Russian
Original Translated into Russian
Original Translated into Russian
Original Translated into Russian
Packing List
packing list forms must be translated in to the Russian language
packing list forms must be translated in to the Russian language
packing list forms must be translated in to the Russian language
packing list forms must be translated in to the Russian language
packing list forms must be translated in to the Russian language
packing list forms must be translated in to the Russian language
Other Documents
Certification of origin
Certification of origin
Certification of origin + approval from the Ministry of Health
Certification of origin + approval letter from The Ministry Of Transport
Certification of origin + fumigation certification if required for wooden goods
Certification Of Origin + Approval from The Ministry Of Internal Affairs &The Ministry of Communication and Information Technology