Used cars that enter Botswana for home consumption are liable for payment of customs duties and/or VAT and therefore should be cleared for Customs purpose within 14 days from the date of entry into Botswana. The appropriate documents to be submitted to BURS for this purpose are as stated below:
- Certificate of Title and Registration – confirming that the car has been owned and used for one year.
- Purchase Invoice (or receipt):- Specifies purchase value.
- Police Clearance Certificate from both the export country and Botswana Police Service.
- Vehicle Evaluation – obtained from an accredited Used Car Dealer.
- IC 2 Application – obtained from Destination Agent, submit to Ministry of Commerce.
- Registration and proof of ownership.
- Form CE 101 – original, in duplicate, submitted with Import Permit, Residence Permit, and passport to department of Customs and Excise.
- Import Permit:- Obtained from Ministry of Commerce.
- Customs Declaration Form SAD 500
Customs clearance of a used car should be undertaken even if there is no intention to register the car in Botswana or if it is still owned by a Bank or any other third party. Non-residents visiting Botswana and coming from a country outside the Southern African Common Customs Area for a limited period are normally required to produce a carnet, or bill of entry in respect to their used cars, any duty liable on such cars will be secured by bond or cash deposit.
Residents of Botswana are not allowed to drive or use foreign registered vehicles in the Botswana for more than fourteen days after importation of such vehicle. If you are intending to do so please contact your nearest customs office for advice. In case anyone found in possession of a foreign registered vehicle, severe penalties including seizure of vehicles may be imposed.