Vehicle Import to Botswana Regulations

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Vehicles imported on change of residence:
One motor vehicle per family, the personal property of the importer, owned and used by him for not less than twelve months prior to his departure for Botswana, may be imported without payment of duty. Under this concession the vehicle may not be offered, advertised, lent, hired, leased, pledged, given away, exchanged, sold or otherwise disposed of in the Common Customs Area within a period of 20 months form the date of entry or the vehicle unless the appropriate duties are paid.

A declaration on Form CE 101, together with documentary evidence of ownership and use abroad, such as photocopies of the Registration Book. Insurance Certificates etc., will be required to support any application for this rebate.

Vehicles imported by temporary visitors (coming into Botswana for a period not exceeding 14 days):
a) Non-residents visiting the Common Customs area
for a limited period are normally required to produce a carnet, triptyque or bill of entry (any duty liability thereon being secured by bond or cash deposit) in respect of their motor vehicles.
b) A simplified system involving a Temporary Import
Permit is applied to motor vehicles imported from any member country of the Common Customs Area. Failure to produce a valid Temporary Import Permit whenever required to would render applicable sales tax being due and payable and penalty charges being preferred against the importer.

Customs Clearance
The customs clearance system in place in Botswana is such that any individual or company that wishes to effect an import or export transaction should do so on their expertise or through the services of a clearing agent.