Strict rules for Botswana car imports

The Department of Customs and Excise in the Ministry of Finance has announced the enforcement of regulations concerning the importation and transshipment of 2nd hand vehicles from Botswana.
All imports are subject to existing legislative provisions by the Botswana Unified Revenue Services (BURS) as from 28 February 2013.
According to current legislation, the importation of motor vehicles older than 5 years is prohibited.
But Namibian Customs and Excise argues that importers use Botswana only as a front to dodge the rules on the import of 2nd hand vehicles into the Southern African Customs Union.
“Vehicles are imported from outside SACU, registered for a small period within Botswana and are then imported to Namibia. This violates the 5 year importation rule and all guilty parties will be dealt with accordingly.”
Another area of concern is the violation of the Botswana Customs and Excise act which clearly states “Vehicles that are temporarily imported into Botswana or in transit through Botswana may not be registered as imports for home consumption.” Information provided by the ministry states that there are cases where individuals try and circumvent the above law by registering the vehicles in question as permanent imports for home consumption in Botswana which is invariably not the case.