African Continental Free Trade Area

Botswana is signatory to the Agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement (AfCFTA), which is the world’s largest free trade area since the formation of the World Trade Organization. The Agreement entered into force on the 30th of May 2019. By being a signatory, this means that qualifying goods originating from Botswana and destined for members of the African Union are subjected to lower tariff rates into the continental market. In order for the goods to enjoy these trade concessions, they must be processed or manufactured in Botswana as prescribed under the Annex 2 of the Agreement on Rules of Origin. Prior to exportation, traders are required to register with the nearest BURS – Regional Office (Customs Services Division) under the AfCFTA. As per annex 2 of the Agreement on Rules of Origin, traders should also apply for the AfCFTA Certificate of Origin for every export consignment. In addition, goods on transit should comply with procedures outlined in Annex 8 of the Agreement on Transit. Traders carrying goods under the AfCFTA and passing through Botswana are to produce a AfCFTA Temporary Admission Document at the Botswana points of entry. More information on how this agreement is expected to benefit Botswana can be found in the AfCFTA Article. Further details on the AfCFTA may be viewed on the AfCFTA Website.