Sending parcels to Kazakhstan
In 2006, the film Borat made many of us in the West suddenly aware of Kazakhstan's existence. However, Kazakhstan isn't some small country hidden away in central Asia, it's actually the size of Western Europe and home to 16.4 million people.
The population is diverse too - almost two-thirds of Kazakhstan's residents are Kazakhs and under a quarter are Russians, with the rest of the people made up by smaller minorities. This is because the country was formally a part of the Soviet Republic; it only became independent in 1991.
If you need to send parcels to family members or business customers living in Kazakhstan, you'll want to know the rules and regulations. This guide will tell you all you need to know about posting to Kazakhstan
What can't you send to Kazakhstan?
Before do anything else you need to check that the item(s) you want to send aren't on the prohibited list. Some items on the list are obvious - we highly doubt you're going to pop military weapons or narcotics in the post. However there are some items mentioned that you may not have considered would be banned; these include:
• Live animals (except bees, leeches and silkworms)
• Perishable foodstuffs
• Foreign currency
• Lithium batteries
• Printed or video materials which contain anti-government propaganda
• Materials which promote any of the following: violence, social/racial/genetic/national/religious superiority, war or cruelty
If you need any more information on prohibited and restricted items, please get in touch with Kazpost.
How to address your parcel to Kazakhstan
Parcels to Kazakhstan need to be addressed in a slightly different way to what we're used to in the UK. Most notably, the postcode consists of six digits and is placed after the country name, not before. Here is how your parcel should be addressed according to Kazpost
Line one: Family name, first name and patronymic
Line two: Thoroughfare name, building number and apartment number
Line three: Locality name and district name
Line four: Province name
Line five: Name of destination country (in capital letters)
Line six: Postcode
The first two digits of the postcode refer to the regional centre or major town, the second two denote the district and the final two relate to the post office.
How to package your parcel to Kazakhstan
With almost 3,000 miles between our capital and Kazakhstan's, which is Astana if you were curious, you're going to want to ensure your package is sealed up pretty tight. Even though your item will be handled with care, it is going to move about during transit. If you want your parcel to arrive in one piece, we recommend following the below instructions.
1) Find a sturdy box: Using a box that's been used once or twice before is fine, as long it's in good condition. Before placing your item inside, check for any holes or tears in the cardboard. If you find any, throw out the box and buy a brand new one. You could tape up the hole, but it's not worth the risk!
2) Make sure your item can't move when inside the box: This is particularly important when it comes to delicate items, as they can break in transit if not padded correctly. We recommend bubble wrap or packing peanuts.
3) Seal the parcel: Get some packing tape and seal every open side of the box, ensuring there aren't any gaps.
4) Write the address on the front of the package. Follow our instructions above and you can't go wrong!
Hopefully that's all you need to know about sending items to Kazakhstan. If you have any questions about our courier service, please get in touch with us
. We're always happy to help.
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