The new service of A.R.T. Logistics, a specialist logistics company focused on Central Asia, Mongolia and Asia, will move high-value goods from France and Italy to
Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan.
There are high growth rates in consumer spending on luxury items in many Central Asian countries.
“Our customers include leading global brand name jewelers and fashion companies who require secure, time-definite delivery of their products,” Aliya Mussina, global airfreight manager for A.R.T. Logistics, said. “In Kazakhstan for example, each item of jewelry has to be assayed, certified and stamped by the assay office. We provide bonded transportation to and from the airport.”
A.R.T. Logistics works closely with international organizations such as CITES to gain approval for imported shoes and handbags to ensure no endangered species were used in the products.
“Imports of many of the products require multiple certification and coordination between different government departments. One error in the paperwork will delay the whole chain of approval and result in delays in delivering the products,” Mussina said.
The Asian Development Bank forecasts GDP in Kazakhstan to grow by 5.2 percent in 2013 and 5.6 percent in 2014.