In this page:
Market Access Procedures |
Reaching the Consumers |
Distributing a Product |
Organizing Goods Transport |
Identifying a Supplier
Market Access Procedures
- Main International Economic Cooperation
- Azerbaijan is a member of the main international organizations such as the World Bank. The Republic of Azerbaijan is also a member of the Asian Economic Cooperation Organization.
- Non Tariff Barriers
- Import of radioactive material, narcotics and psycho-pharmaceutic products is prohibited. Import of firearms, explosives and radioactive equipment meant for the petroleum industry requires the possession of a license.
The import of certain products, such as alcohol, tobacco, meat-based food products, etc. is limited by quotas or licenses for import.
The slowness and the corruption in the customs administration can also be a barrier at the time of import of products into Azerbaijan.
- Customs Duties and Taxes on Imports
- Customs Classification
- All the goods are classified according to the Republic of Azerbaijan's Customs Code. To consult this classification, visit the website of the Customs of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
- Customs procedures are defined by the new law on customs and the new Customs Code of 1997. All goods entering the territory have to be declared and all are subjected to taxes, except in the case of bilateral agreements. Certain products require a license for them to be imported, others are subjected to very high taxes.
All the information is available on the website of the Customs of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
- Importing Samples
- Samples have to be declared like all other goods.
For more information, visit the website of the Customs of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
- For Further Information
Customs office of the Republic of Azerbaijan
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Reaching the Consumers
The Azerbaijanis are big consumers of bread, the country being one of the highest consumers of bread in the world. The expenses of the consumers is concentrated on bread, fruits and vegetables. Meat and fish is rarely consumed. The younger and richer layer of the population is attracted by foreign products, especially American ones that are very popular.
Consumer Profile and Purchasing Power
The Azerbaijani consumer has a limited purchasing power, with the average annual income per person being around 700 USD. Therefore purchases are restricted to the strictly necessary goods, except in the city of Baku, which prospers from the petroleum industry, where one finds a large number of expatriates and consumers with a much higher purchasing power. This section of the population is attracted by foreign products and makes its purchases in the few existing supermarkets, whereas the rest of the population makes its purchases in souks.
- Consumers Associations
There are no consumer associations.
Main Advertising Agencies
Distributing a Product
- Market Shares
There are no supermarket chains in Azerbaijan: one can buy in bazaars, in small shops or then in a few mini-markets (only in cities which have a majority of expatriates).
- Organizations in the Retail Sector
National Confederation of Entrepreneurs
Identifying a Supplier
- Type of Production
The Azerbaijani industry is dominated by the production of petrol. The city of Baku is the regional centre in the production of petrol. Approximately 30% of the active population works in the industrial sector: mining, extraction and petrol refining, aluminum, gas, etc. The light industry occupies an equally important place, amongst which being the food and textile industries.
- Manufacturers Associations of the Main Industries
2 professional associations listed for Azerbaijan.
- Trade Agencies and Their Representations Abroad
U.S. Azerbaijan Chamber of Commerce
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