Logistic and forwarding services in Botswana


Capital City

2.04 Mio.

National languages
English (official), Setswana, Kalanga and others

Pula (BWP)

Gross national product (GNP)
USD 15.768 Mrd.

GNP per person
USD 7407

Financial exports to Switzerland
CHF 7.10 Mio.

Financial imports from Switzerland
CHF 1.7 Mio.

Bilateral relations Switzerland–Botswana

A respected partner in international forums, Botswana has succeeded in creating favourable conditions for further economic development. The headquarters of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) are located in the capital of Botswana.

Economic cooperation

Aside from the acquisition of capital goods by the government, direct trade between the two countries remains at a modest level since Swiss products sold in Botswana are imported via South Africa. Botswana is a member of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), which has concluded a free-trade agreement with the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).
A number of Swiss companies that are active in South Africa have opened branches in Botswana, which is hoping to diversify its economy, in particular, by encouraging growth in the financial services industry.
Botswana hosted a “Business Week” for the first time in 2013 for the purpose of establishing contact with Swiss companies.


Business language


Dimensions and weights

Metric system.


National currency: 1 Pula = 100 thebe.
ISO code: BWP

Customs tariff

Harmonised system.

Import control

Most of the remaining restrictions or bans on imports are still in place for safety or health reasons.
The Ministry of Commerce sets out which goods are subject to authorisation obligations. This currently includes animals, plants and plant products, medications, foods, agrochemicals, weapons and munitions. Further information is available from the Department of Customs and Excise.
Standard VAT rate: 12%.

Terms of payment and tenders

Based on a letter of credit as standard, documents against payment only in exceptional cases. Invoices in EUR.

Designations of origin

No special regulations. If there could be doubts about the origin of the goods as a result of the inscription or labelling, indicate the country of origin. “Made in …” designation is recommended where applicable.


No special marking regulations known.
Special marking regulations apply to medications and foods.


The regulations set out under “Packaging” for South Africa apply.

Product samples

The regulations set out under “Product samples” for South Africa apply.

Shipping and accompanying documents

a) The provisions of the Republic of South Africa apply. No certification required.

b) Movement certificate, EUR 1 or UE not required.

c) Postal items up to 31.5 kg: 1 foreign dispatch note, 1 customs declaration in English.

d) Ship: see a) to c). Bills of lading uncertified.