Botswana Major Trade Agreements

Industrial products (including fish and other seafood) and processed agricultural products. Agricultural commodities are the subject of bilateral agreements with the various EFTA countries The tripartite initiative has three pillars which are pursued simultaneously to ensure a fair distribution of the benefits of regional integration: market integration, infrastructure development and industrial development. Initially, the free trade agreement will only deal with trade in goods; Services and other trade-related sectors will be addressed in a second phase. If Botswana has a preferential trade agreement with a country/region, you may pay less or have better export conditions to that country. A free trade agreement with 85% duty-free trade in 2008. The 15% of trade, which constitutes the “sensitive list”, is expected to be liberalized from 2009 to 2012, when SADC will reach the status of a full-fledged free trade agreement, in which almost all tariff headings will be traded duty-free. Botswana`s trade policy aims to facilitate as free and reliable access as possible to the country`s export markets for goods and services, while allowing producers and consumers to access the widest possible choice of international goods and services under the best possible conditions. It will also ensure a coherent approach to addressing the multiplicity of issues affecting Botswana`s trade relations. Botswana has been a signatory to a number of bilateral, regional and international trade agreements, including the following: the parties can negotiate and sign agreements on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, customs cooperation and technical barriers to trade (TBT). It also establishes a forum for the integration of issues of mutual interest, including capacity building and trade and investment promotion.

You can find explanations and background in the Dispute Resolution Gateway. The tripartite framework is based on the Lagos Plan of Action and the Abuja Treaty establishing the African Economic Community (ACS), which requires the rationalization of the continent`s regional economic communities. The free trade agreement will be negotiated over the next three years, with the possibility of having two more years to conclude. Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland Tariff reductions on certain goods. It is not expected to enter into force some time ago in 2012 Filed Under: Botswana Trade, Exports, Imports Tagged With: Trade Agreements SACU and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) -Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland See TPR gateway for explanations and background Botswana is included in the South African Customs Union TPRs – SACU Preferential access to the US market through lower tariffs or no tariffs on some products Unilateral preferences granted under the WTO Enabling Clause The main trade agreements between Botswana and the rest of the world are currently: duty-free access to the US market under the combined AGOA/GSP programme amounts to about 7,000 products Customs lines. . . .

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