SEZ Khorgos - Eastern Gates


1. Characteristics






4,591 ha, composed of:

  • Dry Port (Inland Port)

  • Industrial Zone

  • Logistic Zone

Infrastructure readiness

Khorgos Gateway entered into operation 29/07/2015.

Type of activities targeted

  1. Warehousing and support activities for transportation;

  2. Food production;

  3. Manufacture of leather and related products;

  4. Manufacture of textiles;

  5. Production of other non-metallic mineral products;

  6. Production of chemical products;

  7. Production of metal products, except machinery and equipment;

  8. Manufacture of machinery and equipment not elsewhere classified;

  9. Construction in accordance with the design and estimate documentation of buildings for exhibitions, museums, warehouses and office buildings.

Official website


2. Projects

Main projects successfully completed

  • The Khorgos Gateway Inland Container Dock was partially commissioned on 29th of July, 2015, as China-Europe trans-continental trains began rolling through.

  • The container port currently has capacity to process 540,000 TEU annually, with six berths where multiple trains can be handled at the same time.

Current and future projects related

  • Altynkol Station

  • Zhetygen-Khorgos Railways

  • West Europe-West China Highway

  • Simplification of customs procedure


3. The Khorgos border area (Panfilov district, Almaty region)

The SEZ “Khorgos–East Gate” is located in Panfilov district of Almaty region at the distance of 1 km from the state border and the China’s border city Khorgos, 90 km away from the nearest major city of Ili-Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture – Yining, and 670 km away from the administrative capital of Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region – Urumqi.

Panfilov district is located in the East of Almaty region. It's administrative center is the city of Zharkent. The natural landscapes of the district are rich and various and include touristic sites as Ala Tau, Uitas and Oi-Zhailyau.


10,600 km²


124,700 (41,000 in Zharkent)


  • Agriculture (cultivation of corn, sugar beet seeds, grapes, fruit and berry crops), transportation, logistics.

  • Average regional monthly salary, Almaty excluded: 99,237 KZT (around 290 $)


Sharply continental with three relief areas.

Land type

Varied: mountains, deserts, irrigated and cultivated lands.


Tax incentives for SEZ participants "Khorgos":
1. Exemption from corporate income tax (CIT);
2. Exemption from land tax;
3. Exemption from property tax;
4. Exemption from value added tax (VAT) when implemented on the territory of SEZ goods wholly consumed in the production process.

1. Registration as a taxpayer within its territory;
2. Registration as a participant in EPZs;
3. Absence of structural units outside the SEZ;
4. The income from the sale of goods produced by the priority activities of SEZ should be not less than 90 percent of gross annual income.

On SEZ customs procedure free customs zone.

Issuance of permits for foreign labor by local executive bodies produced in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Kazakhstan, but in a simplified manner without seeking nominations for the domestic labor market.

EXEMPTION FROM Land lease term of 10 years
SEZ participants for up to 10 years are free land for the project.

Legal entity (including foreign), plans to carry on SEZ priority activities.
If a legal entity at the time of filing is not a resident of the Republic of Kazakhstan and is not registered as a taxpayer the Republic of Kazakhstan, it seems a copy of a certificate of absence of state registration as a taxpayer in the tax authorities of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

1. Subsoil;
2.organizations, producing excisable goods except for organizations that manufacture, assembly (supplied) excisable goods under subparagraph 6) of Article 279 of the Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan "On taxes and other obligatory payments to the budget (Tax Code)";
3.The organization applying special tax modes;
4.organizations  that used the investment tax preferences;
5.organizatory gambling.

Requirements for application for registration as a participant in the SEZ
The applicant submits an application for the status of SEZ in the proper party management company.

The application shall be accompanied by:
1) profile of the applicant in the form approved by the authority;
2) a notarized copy of the certificate of state registration (re-registration) of a legal entity (legalized document certifying state. Registered in a foreign country);
3) a notarized copy of the identity document of the first head of the applicant;
4) a notarized copy of the taxpayer - to January 1, 2012 or a notarized copy of the document with an identification number - from 1 January 2012;
5) a notarized copy of memorandum of association (legalized document);
6) a notarized copy of the decision of the supreme body of the legal entity operating on the territory of a special economic zone (legalized document);
7) A copy of the financial statements of the last reporting date, signed by the head of the applicant or his deputy, as well as the chief accountant (accountant);
8) a feasibility study of the project that meets the requirements established by the authority;
9) Check the servicing bank on movement of money in the bank accounts of the applicant (the absence of catalogs) and the credit report from the credit bureau that contains information about full or partial information available on the credit history;
10) A certificate from the tax authority at the place of registration of the presence or absence of taxes and other obligatory payments to the budget.
11) A copy of a certificate of absence of state registration as a taxpayer with tax authorities of Kazakhstan for non-taxpayers foreign applicants RK legalized document - notarized translation into Kazakh and / or Russian languages.
12) Help with «First Credit Bureau" the lack of credit debt.

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