According to recently-published official figures, imports into Botswana increased to an impressive 4868.26 Million BWP in January 2013, up from 4233.93 Million BWP in December 2012.

Botswana’s import statistics are reported by the Central Statistics Office of Botswana. Between 2005 and 2013, imports into Botswana averaged 4355.54 Million BWP, reaching an all-time high of 9711.70 Million BWP in September 2008, and a record low of 2458.30 Million BWP in February 2009.

There are plenty of opportunities for international manufacturers to play a role in this growing economy. Botswana’s main imports are fuel, food, beverages and tobacco, machinery and electric equipment, chemical and rubber products, and vehicles.

Currently, Botswana’s main import partners are South Africa (which accounts for 75% of the country’s total imports), China, Israel, Namibia and Zimbabwe.

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