American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce
Week in Review:
January 4, 2013 - January 11, 2013

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In This Issue:
Uzbek government reduces time needed for goods customs clearance
Uzbek Customs Committee launches electronic goods declaration system
France's Axens to develop modernization project of Ferghana Refinery
Uzbekistan to create 'e-government'
Asian Development Bank to give $500 million for construction of synthetic fuel plant in Uzbekistan

Established in 1993, the American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce (AUCC) is a private, non-profit trade association representing interests of U.S. businesses ranging in size from small private enterprises to large, multinational corporations conducting business in Uzbekistan.

Our Mission: To advocate the views of the business community to ensure that private sector positions are considered during the development of key policies that impact American businesses and the future of U.S.-Uzbekistan relations.

Our Objective: To serve the needs of its members by strengthening commercial relations between the United States and Uzbekistan. 

The Government of Uzbekistan reduced period of customs clearance of goods and vehicles from ten days to three.

New norm was introduced by the law "On introduction of changes and amendments to some legislative acts of Uzbekistan". President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov signed the law on 29 December 2012.

The law was passed by Legislative Chamber on 9 November 2012 and approved by Senate on 5 December 2012. It came into force on 4 January 2013.

According to the law, customs bodies should carry out customs clearance of goods and automobiles within three days after submission of customs declaration and all other necessary documents and information.

Earlier, customs bodies could carry out this procedure in ten days. It is worth to mention that the period includes time, necessary for control of goods and automobiles by other state bodies.   


From 1 January 2013, business entities of Uzbekistan received a right to choose to carry out customs clearance procedure of goods in electronic form.

In order to transfer to customs clearance of goods in electronic form, the Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan a Regulation on the procedure, reported.

State Customs Committee of Uzbekistan was entrusted to introduce automated information system of electronic declaration of goods. The committee completed testing of the system in 2012.

The declaration of goods at customs clearance in electronic form consists of two stages.

At the first stage, the permission documents are issued by the authorized bodies in set terms. The regulation sets list of permission document and those bodies, which authorized to issue them.

At the second stage, specialists on customs clearance prepare cargo customs transportation in electronic form and corresponding documents.

Prepared documents will be signed with electronic digital signature of the specialist on custom clearance and directed to customs bodies, which will conduct customs clearance of the goods in electronic form.

The regulation said that electronic declarations should be stored as paper declarations. After accepting decision on customs clearance, customs officers send electronic notification on customs clearance, which will include information on time and place of customs clearance. Based on electronic declaration, customs inspection will be conducted in regular order.

In case of violations, customs bodies will adopt necessary measures in line with the legislation of Uzbekistan.   


France's Axens prepare a project on modernization of Ferghana Refinery to production of high-octane oil products, RIA Novosti reported quoting representative of Uznefteproduct joint stock company.

French company won a tender on conducting audit and developing preliminary feasibility study of the project on production oil products of Euro-3 and higher requirements at Ferghana Refinery.

In line with the tender terms, Axens develops ways of optimization of existing technologic line of the plant and schemes on increasing production of light oil products up to 95%. The contract with French company will be signed in the end of January. The contract will be implemented till the end of 2013.

Earlier, Uznefteproduct was planning to launch the project on modernization of the plant with the cost of US$100 million in the first half of 2014 and start production of high-octane petroleum components in 2016.

Ferghana Refinery was commissioned in 1959 and currently it produces about 60 types of oil products. The designed processing capacity of the plant is about 5.5 million tonnes of oil a year. The plant is planning to modernize treating facilities. The project cost is US$14.4 million.

Total capacity of three refineries of Uzbekistan - Bukhara Refinery, Ferghana Refinery and Altyarik Refinery - makes up 11.12 million tonnes.    


The Uzbek government has adopted a decree on measures aimed at improving the work of the online state portal with consideration of delivering public services via the Internet.

According to the document, the State Committee for communications, information and communication technology of the country has developed and will launch a single portal of interactive public services which will operate as part of the state portal and in the single window mode as well.

A single portal providing online public services will be aimed at ensuring access of individuals and entities to information on services and functions provided by the state and economic management bodies as well as public authorities in the field.

Alongside, users will be given an opportunity of exchanging data online, making requests through a single point of access to integrated, interactive public services by public and economic administration and public authorities in the field and on a paid basis as well.

Consideration of requests and appeals of individuals and entities concerning the functioning of a single portal, including the monitoring of the quality of online public services provided by public and economic administration bodies and public authorities in the field will become available.

This measure is taken to ensure full exchange of data in electronic form, to expedite the procedures for the request and improve the interaction of entrepreneurs and the public with public authorities on the basis of use of information and communication technologies.    


Asian Development Bank (ADB) will extend $500 million loan to Uzbekistan GTL enterprise for construction of a synthetic fuel plant, which use domestically produced gas, EnergoNews news agency reported referring to Uzbek government representatives.

"500 million is a provisional sum, discussion process is at initial stage, but there is a financial agreement between sides. ADB plans to join creditors' syndicate in 2013," the representative said.

Uzbek company Uzbekneftegaz, South African company Sasol and Malaysian company Petronas signed foundation documents to start up Uzbekistan GTL to build a GTL synthetic fuel plant on the base of Shurtan natural gas chemical complex in the country's south in November 2009. Sasol and Uzbekneftegaz own 44.5% of the project, Petronas owns 11%.

French Technip plans to complete feasibility studies of the project at the beginning of 2013, which involves refining of 3.5 billion cubic meters of gas, production of 863 thousand tons of diesel oil, 304 thousand tons of jet fuel, 395 thousand tons of naphtha and 11.2 thousand tons of liquefied gas per year. The building period is five years. Financing of plant's building, requiring $4.1 billion, will comes from the founders and a consortium of banks and financial institutions (around 70% of project's sum).

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