UZBEKISTAN: Excise stamps are no longer required for sparkling wines

Presidential Decree of 4 April 4 2023 No. PP-110 “On additional measures aimed at providing the population with high-quality consumer goods” abolished, as of 1 July 2023, the excise stamp requirement for sparkling and natural wines in Uzbekistan.

New forms of excise stamps for alcohol and tobacco products in Uzbekistan are to be introduced in July 2023.  

UZBEKISTAN: Product certification process to involve checking breaches of IP rights

As of 17 May 2023, all product certification procedures in Uzbekistan are to include checks for compliance with intellectual property rights.

In accordance with the adopted amendments, product certification in the National Certification System of the Republic of Uzbekistan will include (among other things) verification of compliance with intellectual property rights (trademarks, service marks, appellations of origin, geographical indications, and industrial designs) (IP objects).

UZBEKISTAN: Adopted safety requirements for printed products intended for schoolchildren

As of 29 December 2022, books and other printed products intended to be used at schools (including preschools) are required to comply with the adopted safety requirements.

All products for schools have been classified into the following categories, based on the school year:

-          1- 4 school years;

-          5-9 school years; and

-          10-11 school years.

UZBEKISTAN: Adopted mandatory reporting forms for organisations

As of 1 January 2023 organisations operating in Uzbekistan are required to submit revised statistical reporting forms, as may be applicable to them. The submission of such forms is mandatory in Uzbekistan.

The list of forms consists of over 100 items and include the following yearly forms that are provided in form of Annexes to the adopted Decision:

-          Report on product manufacturing (Annex 16);

Uzbekistan: Commenced Transition to the Green Economy

Uzbekistan has adopted Presidential Decree No. PP-436 02.12.2022 “On measures aimed at increasing the effectiveness of reforms with the goal of transition of the Republic of Uzbekistan to a “green” economy until 2030”.

The adopted document approved the Green Economy Transition Program of Uzbekistan providing for the transition to a "green" economy and ensuring "green" growth in the Republic of Uzbekistan until 2030. The plan includes the achievement of the following strategic goals:

Uzbekistan: Some pharmaceutical raw materials and equipment have been relieved from import customs duties

Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers dated September 21, 2022 No. 519 “On approval of the list of technological and laboratory equipment, its components and spare parts, as well as raw materials and materials, medical products and packaging materials that are exempted from customs duties” was adopted.

The document approved the lists of materials and equipment exempt from customs duties, which contain:

Uzbekistan: Introduces mandatory digital labelling of water and soft drinks

Manufacturers and importers of packaged drinking water and soft drinks (including juices) are to be required to apply mandatory digital labelling on these products in accordance with the adopted Resolution.

The requirement to mark water and drinks with mandatory digital marking is to be introduced in stages. The procedure for mandatory digital marking of water and soft drinks through means of identification will be gradually introduced during 2023-2024