As an importer Botswana Bureau of Standards (BOBS) has services that are of benefit to you.
Standards are meant as a quality assurance tool. As an importer of products, you can ensure that the products meet requirements of standards. There are many standards addressing different sectors. Visit the Standards catalogue and filter by the different sectors of interest.
As an importer you might want to verify a product you are importing against a standard. BOBS has laboratories that offer testing in areas of micro-biology, chemistry, textiles, mechanical, civil engineering, and electrical engineering. This is a way for you to have assurance on the quality of the product you are importing. To get more information visit the Testing Services page.
Products can be certified against a Standard. This is a way for you to have assurance on the quality of the product. Where the product is imported BOBS can help with batch certification of the products to be imported as well as issuance of notes of recognition after verification of Certification Licenses from exporting countries. To get more information on this service visit the Certification Services page
Regulation of Compulsory Standards
Some products in Botswana are regulated by law. This means that these products must conform to the compulsory standards by law. These standards affect some of the products in the market, and so are an assurance of their safety. If importing any of the regulated products there is need for you to ensure that it conforms. BOBS has partners in different countries that can check for you that they indeed conform. Before importing check if the product is regulated by visiting the Regulated Products page. After which contact BOBS to get help on getting the relevant certificate for importation. To get more information and contacts visit the Regulation of Compulsory Standards page
Regulation of Measuring & Weighing Instruments for Trade
BOBS offers weighbridge services for verifying the weight of the consignment you imported. To get more on our weighbridge services please visit our Weighbridge Services page
The BOBS Information Centre situated at the Head Office in Gaborone is an international reference point for information about standards, technical regulations, and certification cervices in Botswana. You are free to visit or contact the centre to get more information. Visit the Info Centre page to learn more as well as their contact details.