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Regulatory and Procedural Barriers to Trade in Kazakhstan

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Kazakhstan’s trade performance can grow by focusing on its domestic capacity to trade, according to a survey of companies and state agencies undertaken by ITC and the UN Economic Commission for Europe. Those surveyed seek stronger trade regulations and procedures, better transport and logistical services, and infrastructure for standardization, quality assurance, accreditation and metrology. Capacity building and enhanced public-private sector consultation would benefit state agencies, exporting and importing companies, transport and logistics providers. Technical requirements and conformity assessment are top reported obstacles by Kazakh companies. Rules and certificates of origin challenge manufacturing exporters, while quantitative restrictions affect agro-food exporters.

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Acknowledgments

Part I of this study was undertaken by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). It was prepared by Ms. Hana Daoudi under the supervision of Mr. Mika Vepsäläinen. The UNECE Secretariat would like to acknowledge the contribution of the following consultants: Gulnara Sultanalieva, who conducted face-to-face interviews with officials and other key stakeholders involved in supporting trade facilitation; Nuritdin Dzhamankulov, who conducted face-to-face interviews with State agencies responsible for Standardization, Quality Assurance, Accreditation and Metrology; and, Oleg Samukhin, who carried out the Business Process Analysis.

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