Includes typical use of agents and distributors and how to find a good partner, e.g., whether use of an agent or distributor is legally required.
Last Published: 11/8/2017
The procurement of equipment, spare parts, and consumables for Turkmenistan’s major industries, such as oil and gas, power generation, railway, air transportation, and telecommunications is state-controlled. However, the government does not have a centralized procurement and distribution agency. Individual ministries and state companies procure for their needs via a tender process. Announcements are made in the local press in Russian and Turkmen languages, as well as on some websites. Agencies in the state-controlled oil and gas sector post tenders (in Russian) on the Internet at NEBIT-GAZ.
Producers of heavy equipment sell their goods in Turkmenistan by establishing an office or through a locally established distributor. Most local distributors provide some repair and maintenance services. Pharmaceuticals, food items, and consumer goods are sold mostly through private and public channels; distributorships are numerous and are often foreign based. Finding a reliable distributor is challenging because of a lack of accessible information on private companies. The Economic-Commercial section of the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat and Turkmenistan’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry provide leads for local partners and help identify potential partners for U.S. firms.
Contact: Turkmenistan Chamber of Commerce
Tel. (993 12) 39 89 81
Fax (993 12) 39 89 79


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