WTO SPS-TBT Enquiry Points
Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT)
The National TBT Enquiry Point is a general reference point for information on proposed and adopted technical rules and regulation, standards and conformity assessment procedure of Botswana and other countries. The enquiry Point also serves to answer reasonable queries from exporters and importers from within the country and abroad.
Setting up a National TBT Enquiry Point is a requirement for members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT). The TBT agreement applies to all members of the WTO and aims to ensure that technical regulations, standards and testing, inspection and certification procedures do not create unnecessary obstacles to trade. Each member state is also obliged under the standards, testing, inspection and certification procedures that may significantly affect trade, and allow other members reasonable time to make comments.
Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS)
Similar to the TBT is the WTO Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS) with similar objectives by which members are required to set up a National SPS Enquiry Point and answer questions regarding any measures taken to protect animal and plant life or food safety issues. Any measures taken that can significantly affect trade should be notified to the WTO Secretariat.
For further information please contact:
TBT Enquiry Point
Ministry of Investment Trade and Industry Botswana
Private Bag 004, Gaborone Botswana
Tel: +267 360 1200
Fax: +267 397 1539
SPS Enquiry Point
Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security
Plot Number 4701 (just by the Maraka Road)
Tel. +267 368 9000
Alternatively you can send an enquiry using the Contact Form on this website. Click here to make an enquiry.