This website has been specifically developed to assist all importers and exporters (traders) wishing to move goods or merchandise across the borders of Botswana.
In the following pages, traders will find all the available information required to either import into Botswana or alternatively export from Botswana.
By clicking on the various links on this website, all the necessary information regarding the processes and documents required by the various Botswana Government agencies to trade across the borders will be displayed.
In conjunction, all the regulatory requirements pertinent to the various commodities/industrial/mining and manufacturing sectors as decreed by the various Ministries are also available at the click of the mouse; as well as the relevant laws, Acts and other useful information.
It is recommended that, if you are in the business of international trading either within or outside Botswana or for that matter anyone who is travelling to/from Botswana, you register as a Member which will entitle you to additional services such as subscriptions to newsletters, tariff alerts, etc. and any new information that is likely to affect your business or alternatively your travels.
COVID-19: Government Portal
This serves to inform the members of the public and farming community that the Department of Veterinary Services has lifted the ban on importation of cloven-hoofed stock from South Africa with immediate effect....Read
The Geneva-based organizations launch a revamped Global Trade Helpdesk to support firms, especially smaller businesses, in a post-COVID-19 world...Read
The Government COVID-19 Loan Guarantee Scheme (“Scheme”) is offered as part of the Government of Botswana (“Government”) economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The guarantee is offered in terms of section 22 of the Public Finance Management Act....Read
As the economic effects of the corona virus pandemic continue to unfold, it becomes clear that some will be hit harder than others. Let’s take for example the case of women small-scale and informal cross-border traders. Along African borders, the livelihoods of entire communities depend on trading activities carried out by small-scale traders, most of which are unregistered. Informal cross-border trade has been a major characteristic of the African economic and social landscape, representing up to 40% of regional trade. Because of the flexibility it affords, the small startup capital it requires, and the earning opportunities it offers in border areas where no other alternative is available, women make up the largest share of informal traders, representing 70% to 80% in some countries. In response to the global health crisis, countries in Africa have increasingly started to introduce restrictive trade measures. ...Read
Southern African Customs Union (SACU) executive secretary Paulina Elago said that closed borders had cut trade in some countries to only one percent of normal flows....Read
he African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) comprises fifty-five (55) countries with a combined population and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of about 1.6 billion people and more than US $3.4 trillion, respectively. The AfCFTA creates a single market for goods and services, with free movement of business persons and investments as well as infrastructure development....Read