Uzbekistan: Local language required on product labels and other amendments to product importation requirements

As of 1 January 2024, importers of certain products into Uzbekistan have to comply with the revised set of requirements.  As of this date, no sanitary certificate (a mandatory document) can be issued for an imported product if the manufacturer or importer have not placed on it a label in Uzbek language (Latin characters).

An earlier adopted Decree prohibited the issue of a conformity certificate for a number of products listed in Decree No. 3818 of 29 June 2018 on the Measures for Further Improvement of External Economic Activities and Enhancement of the Customs and Tariffs System of Uzbekistan. As of 1 January 2024, this prohibition also applies to the issue of sanitary certificates. The listed products include various types of meat, fruits and vegetables, oils (e.g. palm oil), fats, margarin, phenols, halogens, paints and varnishes, fertilisers, etc.

No Uzbek language labelling is required for products that are imported without consumer packaging or products imported for own needs.

Business entities that have implemented quality management systems and use testing laboratories accredited in the national accreditation system will no longer be able (as of 1 January 2024) to assess the conformity of the products they produce in Uzbekistan by issuing a declaration of conformity.  

Law: Decree of the President No. UP-140 of 15 August 2023 On amendments to some acts of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan in connection with the harmonization of the national legislation of the Republic of Uzbekistan with the agreements of the World Trade Organization