Shipping to Botswana

Get up-to-date local information about import procedures and restrictions, demurrage and detention, container pick-ups and more.

Cargo Restrictions


  • Hazardous classes 1, 7 and 9, are all subject to approval before acceptance. 
  • No acceptance of Used Tyres 
  • No acceptance of Non DG charcoal
  • No acceptance of Asbestos

Weight & Measurement

Specifically for 20’ Containers:

24 TONS Maximum Payload for road haulage (inclusive of container tare weight)

22 TONS Maximum payload for railed containers (exclusive of container tare weight)

Specifically for 40’ Containers:

28 TONS Maximum payload for road haulage (inclusive of container tare weight)

29.4 TONS Maximum payload for railed containers (exclusive of container tare weight)

Overweight containers are subject to a fine imposed by the Government. Requests for movement of overweight cargo can be obtained from your nearest Maersk office.

Effective 1 July 2016 the Shipper (or its representative agent) will be required to include the Verified Gross Mass (VGM) when submitting the pre-advise via NAVIS.  The Navis update will update all Maersk systems and no further system updates is required from the Shipper. 

Special Cargoes - No restrictions on movement of containers to inland points and are subject to rates supplied by your nearest Maersk office.

Bill of Lading Clauses - No special clauses/restrictions apply.

45' Containers - No acceptance of 45' containers.

Customs requirements - Customs documents (Cargo Dues + Bill of entry) are mandatory for Bill of Lading issue.

Contact us

If you want to speak to a sales person about a new shipment or if you have a question about your existing shipment, you can email us and we will respond within the next two days. If you have a more immediate question, you can search for help online.