Botswana - Country Commercial Guide
Import Tarifs

Includes information on average tariff rates and types that U.S. firms should be aware of when exporting to the market.

Last published date: 2022-08-02

In general, goods imported into Botswana from outside the Southern African Customs Union - SACU (Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Eswatini) attract customs duties at rates outlined in the Customs Tariff Book.  Customs duties are paid against a prescribed form (SAD 500), which is a declaration form, formally known as a bill of entry.  A tariff book and goods codebook is available electronically on the Botswana Unified Revenue Services (BURS) website.

The Southern Africa Development Corporation (SADC) is an inter-governmental regional organization that promotes socio-economic cooperation and integration, and political and security cooperation among its 15 member states.  The SADC Free Trade Area (FTA) was launched in August 2008.  The FTA is not yet in force and SADC members are reducing their tariffs at different rates.  If successful, the FTA will allow for free movement of goods and services produced within the region, but each member state will maintain its own external tariff for non-member states of SADC.

The Botswana Unified Revenue Service (BURS), assisted by USAID’s Southern African Trade and Investment Hub, developed an amendment to the Customs and Excise Duty Act adopted in 2018 with the goal to streamline procedures and to lower import and export costs.