Certificate of Free Sale issued by Azexport.az portal provides the entrepreneurs with new export opportunities
Azexport.az portal of the Center for Analysis of Economic Reforms and Communication of the Republic of Azerbaijan introduced a presentation on the “Certificate of Free Sale- new export opportunities”. The main aim of the event is to provide the information on the export countries with this certificate and encourage the entrepreneurs to use the opportunities of the certificate.
It should be noted that issuance of the Certificate of Free Sale by Azexport.az portal provides Azerbaijan companies with access to the markets of more than 100 countries that previously were not available for Azerbaijan companies.
Thus, four companies - Gazelli Group, Apiaz LLC ("Balli" brand), Aznar CJSC, Brightman LLC (ZIRA brand), which have been provided with the certificate in 2018, have exported their products to many countries such as the United States, Dominican, Philippine, Indonesia, China, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Qatar.
Certificate which is mandatory for import to most countries around the world aims to provide turnover safety of the products such as food which are in contact with the human body, cosmetics, textile, medical devices, hygienic means, etc. The issuing authority certifies that the product is in free circulation (sale) within the country with that certificate. The certificates issued by different organizations within the country and documents confirming the product is on sale at the moment are required for approval. No additional laboratory tests are required for the issuance of the certificate.
Nigar Ramazanova, the director of the Gazelli Group, which receives the Certificate of Free Sale for the first time in Azerbaijan, said that this certificate eliminated the problems during the export to many countries. “Previously, we could not accomplish the export orders we received from some countries. Since, there was not any organization issuing the Certificate of Free Sale in the country. At present, this problem has been solved and we can easily export products to most Arab countries.”
The representative of Aznar CJSC, Farid Khalilzadeh added that the company had access to new export markets after obtaining the Certificate of Free Sale. “For a long time we have received export orders from Philippines, Dominican and other Oceania countries. However, without the Certificate of Free Sale we were not able to accept those export orders. Currently, we are able to obtain the certificates via Azexport.az portal. There are new export opportunities for us. I believe that after a while many countries in the world, including America and Oceania countries, will consider this certificate necessary for import.
The representative of “Brightman” LLC, Afet Ahmedova spoke about the company’s advantages provided by the Certificate of Free Sale. “Our company is trying to expand its export countries. Within the last few months we finally had an access to USA market after obtaining the Certificate of Free Sale. SSS certificate is required to sell products in this market. We had an easy access to USA market after obtaining this certificate. Currently, we are trying to export products to the UAE market. SSS certificate is also required in this market. With this certificate, we are very committed to successfully selling Azerbaijan products in the UAE market.”
It should be noted that the documents required for the issuance of the certificate include a company’s registration certificate, a list of goods required the certificate of free sale, a certificate of conformity for goods (if required by law), a license for the production of goods, an international identification number - barcode (if available), confirmation of the product sales within the country (invoices, checks or tax invoices to 2-3 clients).
The Certificate of Free Sale is issued via Azexport.az portal according to the Decree of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan dated September 12, 2017. The innovations presented by Azexport.az portal were also discussed at the meeting with the entrepreneurs.
The head of Azexport.az portal, Zaur Gardashov and the manager of the portal, Aykhan Gedeshov introduced the presentation.