Botswana - Country Commercial Guide
Trade Barriers

Includes the barriers (tariff and non-tariff) that U.S. companies face when exporting to this country.

Last published date: 2022-08-02

Apart from restrictions on licensing for some business operations, which are reserved for Botswana companies, there are few tariff-based barriers to trade with Botswana.  Importers require an import permit from the relevant Ministry or Department.  Other non-tariff barriers include import permit requirements for a variety of food products, seasonal trade bans on selected agricultural goods, a state monopoly on beef exports, and increasing local procurement preferences.  The GoB, through parliament, approved the liberalization of the beef market.  This means beef exports will no longer be monopolized by the Botswana Meat Commission.  The process to establish a beef regulator is in place to allow for more players in the market is and will lead to the implementation of the Meat Regulatory Authority (MERA).