Search Measures, Standards and Special Requirements
A ‘measure’ is a specific requirement that is derived from a restriction or obligation that is prescribed by a legal instrument (either an Act or Regulation) that applies to a commodity or to certain types of products. Typically a measure could relate to sanitary or phytosanitary regulations (SPS) or some other requirement where permits or licenses have to be obtained from the relevant government agency prior to importing or exporting the goods.
A measure may also be a permanent prohibition to import or export certain products (for example, psychotropic drugs or pornography) or a temporary prohibition for health protection or other reasons or to enforce a quota. You can find out what measures are currently in force in Botswana by using the search facilities below. Where a measure applies to specific commodities, these will also be listed.
As already indicated, a measure is normally enforced through a legal instrument and the relevant legal document is also reflected against each measure in the portal. If required, the full legal text can be viewed or downloaded in .pdf format by clicking on the link indicated.
BOBS was formed with the primary objectives of formulating Botswana standards and coordinating quality assurance activities in Botswana with mission to improve the quality of life of the citizens of Botswana. BOBS has developed a number of standards from various sectors of the economy. There are two kinds of standards, namely the voluntary and compulsory standards. These standards differ primarily in their implementation processes with stakeholders having a choice in implementing the former but not having the same liberty with the latter. This therefore means compulsory standards are enforceable by Law.
BOBS is responsible for the enforcement of the implementation of compulsory standards and the implementation of Standards (Import Inspection) Regulations (SIIR) which is the Botswana Product Conformity Assessment Programme. Standards whose implementation is currently enforced by BOBS include cattle and chicken feeds, bottled water, dairy products canned fish, firefighting equipment, tyres, windscreens and electrical appliances.
All products, which fall within the scope of the Compulsory Standards, imported into Botswana must meet the requirements of the relevant standards. In order to minimize the risk of unsafe and substandard products entering Botswana market, inspection and testing of the regulated product in the country of origin is encouraged through the Recognized Inspection Bodies.
To allow for importation of regulated products, an application for a compliance certificate has to be made to BOBS prior to the arrival of the regulated goods in the country. This application should be accompanied by the relevant documentation from the Recognized Inspection Body demonstrating that the products meet the requirements of the relevant standard(s). P150 is charged per consignment for the issuance of the compliance certificate.
A list of the Compulsory Standards is available on the portal through the search function. Also indicated on the portal are the products that fall within the scope of the Compulsory Standards and the process to be followed to acquire the Compliance Certificate.
By using the search facilities below, you will also be able to look up any generic requirements associated with specific commodities or products, such as the need to obtain an automatic or non-automatic import license prior to importation.