Namibia - Country Commercial Guide
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The Namibia Standards Institution (NSI) administers standards in Namibia.  The NSI is responsible for promoting standardization of products for the safety of consumers and protection of the environment for improved access to global markets.  Namibia has acceded to the World Trade Organization (WTO) Code of Good Practice for the Preparation, Adoption and Publication of Standards. 


The Namibia Standards Institution (NSI) conducts testing, inspection, and certification services in respect of Namibian products and services.

Testing, Inspection and Certification

Agricultural products are certified by the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry.  There are no mutual recognition agreements with U.S. organizations.  In 2016, Namibia successfully completed the U.S. Department of Agriculture equivalence process for meat and became eligible to export beef to the United States. 
There is no accreditation body in Namibia. The South African National Accreditation body (SANAS: currently provides for Namibia’s accreditation needs.  Laboratories need to get formal recognition from the National Commission on Research Science and Technology (NCRST) that they are competent to perform specific tasks.

Publication of Technical Regulations

The Namibian Standards Institution (NSI) is a Correspondent Member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and subscribes to the World Trade Organization/Technical Barriers to Trade/TBT Annex 3 Code of Good Practice for the Preparation, Adoption and Application of Standards.  The NSI has developed standards and regulations, in accordance with the provisions of the Code, based on the WTO principle of transparency.

Contact Information

Namibian Standards Institution (NSI)
Physical Address:
The Forum (Old Sanlam Building)
First Floor Suite 115
11-17 Dr Frans Indongo Street

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 26364
Tel: +264 61 386400
Fax: +264 61 386454

Standards point of contact at Embassy Windhoek:
Economic and Commercial Office
14 Lossen Street, Windhoek, Namibia
Tel. +264-61-295 8500
Fax +264-61-295 8603

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