A ‘measure’ is a specific requirement that is derived from a restriction or obligation that is prescribed by a legal instrument (either an Act or Regulation) that applies to a commodity or to certain types of products. Typically a measure could relate to sanitary or phytosanitary regulations (SPS) or some other requirement where permits or licenses have to be obtained from the relevant government agency prior to importing or exporting the goods.
A measure may also be a permanent prohibition to import or export certain products (for example, psychotropic drugs or pornography) or a temporary prohibition for health protection or other reasons or to enforce a quota. You can find out what measures are currently in force in Botswana by using the search facilities below. Where a measure applies to specific commodities, these will also be listed.
As already indicated, a measure is normally enforced through a legal instrument and the relevant legal document is also reflected against each measure in the portal. If required, the full legal text can be viewed or downloaded in .pdf format by clicking on the link indicated.
By using the search facilities below, you will also be able to look up any generic requirements associated with specific commodities or products, such as the need to obtain an automatic or non-automatic import license prior to importation.