Botswana and South Africa share close ties. Though sending shipments to Botswana from South Africa is generally straightforward, here are some things to bear in mind.

Country Information

The official value limit for goods to Botswana is up to USD 50.00. There is no de minimis value in Botswana. All goods are subject to formal clearance and duties and taxes may apply.

Botswana customs have changed the requirements on clearing shipments for individuals. Individual importers are not required to be registered on e-filing and must have a TIN (Trade Identity Number) in order for clearance to be processed. Individuals should contact Botswana Unified Revenue for registration. Delays will be faced if individuals are not registered on e-filing.


Photographs from the US: Must be sent as goods.

X-ray machines: Please contact the destination prior to shipment for any licenses or permit requirements.

Commodities considered as Documents

Botswana Customs defines a document as general correspondence (business or private) as well as:

  • Annual reports
  • Artwork including drawings / proofs / layouts
  • Blueprints 1
  • Deeds
  • Documents, general business
  • Invoices, not blank
  • Manuscripts
  • Passports
  • Personal mail
  • Shipping schedules
  • Visa applications
  1. If items are contained in bids/proposals and in book form.

NI = A negotiable instrument is a document guaranteeing the payment of a specific amount of money, either on demand, or at a set time, with the payer named on the document.


Prohibited items

The following items are specifically not allowed to be sent with DHL to Botswana. This is in addition to DHL’s Globally standard list of prohibited items which can be found here.

  • Antiques
  • Asbestos
  • Dangerous goods, including hazardous or combustible materials
  • Firearms, parts of
  • Furs
  • Jewellery
  • Military equipment
  • Precious metals and stones


Size and Weight notes

The maximum weight per shipment is 300 kg (660.0 lb). The maximum weight per piece is 70.0 kg (154.0 lb). The maximum dimensions of each shipment are length: 120.0 cm (47.0 in); height: 160.0 cm (62.0 in); width: 100.0 cm (39.0 in). Pallets are accepted.

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