'Facilitating Cross-Border Trade to Foster Economic Growth in Botswana'


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. 

Click here to learn more about Member Services and how to subscribe.
Below is a video about the Botswana Trade Portal

Latest Announcements


The Ministry of Nationality Immigration and Gender Affairs informs the general public that five (5) border posts have been affected by the floods that have occurred across the country and as a result have been temporarily closed until further notice...Read

Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI) Arrangement

Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) has taken a decision to stop accepting National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) Letters of Authority (LOA) and NRCS Certificate of Conformity (CoC) from importers. A statement from BOBS said that the decision effected from 19 October 2016, citing that BOBS does not have an existing Agreement with NRCS. Affected traders were hence given a grace-period until the end of 2016. Traders were also advised to make use of the formally recognized bodies as attached. “Nevertheless, valid NRCS LOAs and CoCs may be submitted to our recognized bodies as a basis for Pre-Shipment Inspection (PSI). PSI is a much cheaper and faster service. The PSI CoC issued in line with this arrangement must be valid for 3 months” said the statement. [NB: This unique arrangement is only applicable to products that are already type-approved by NRCS. Otherwise every SIIR import procedure remains the same]. ...Read

Ban on tomato importation

The Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food Security wishes to inform farmers and the general public that Tomato leaf miner (Tuta absoluta,) a pest of quarantine importance has been detected in Botswana. Therefore, movement of solanaceous crops from the Tomato leaf miner infested areas in the country is restricted. Importation of tomato fruits from countries infested with Tomato leaf miner is suspended with immediate effect until further notice. ...Read

Latest News

Zambia and Botswana sign OSBP Contract
Zambia and Botswana sign OSBP Contract

Zambia and Botswana have signed a contract with Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Group Company Limited of China (AFECC) for the construction of One Stop Border Post (OSBP) facilities at Kazungula Border on the Zambian side at a cost of more than K263 million....Read

BOBS trains importers
BOBS trains importers

Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) will on Thursday 11th August 2016 conduct a workshop for traders where information regarding the Standards (Import Inspection) Regulations will be discussed. The workshop will be held at BOBS offices starting 0830hrs and all importers are invited to attend. ...Read

Electricity import grows 16%
Electricity import grows 16%

The volume of imported electricity in Botswana amounted to 523, 736 MWH during the first quarter of 2016, compared to 451, 092 MWH recorded during the same quarter in 2015, which in effect represented an increase of 16.1 percent or 72, 644 MWH in total. A recent survey from Statistics Botswana says that the increase in imported electricity was necessary to mitigate against the shortage of locally generated electricity resulting from the operational challenges at the Morupule B power plant. ...Read

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