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The TCIDP is aimed at assisting the textile and clothing manufacturing industry in the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) region to obtain optimal efficiency of international standards and is administered through Duty Credit Certificates (DCCs). The DCCs are used to rebate manufacturers for the imported production inputs like yarn and fabrics. DCCs are used to offset duties charged to inputs procured outside the SACU area and are only tradable between manufacturers. It is an export biased programme that rewards manufacturers for exportation and promotes the technical efficiency of the industry. 


There are 12 registered beneficiaries of this programme. The majority produces clothing and most are based in Gaborone, with some in Francistown, Selibe –Phikwe and one in Molepolole. Most of the companies are now dormant, with only about seven actively using the scheme. The beneficiaries are monitored twice annually to ascertain adherence to the scheme`s Rules and Procedures and consult on other issues concerning the programme..


 A manufacturer participating in TCIDP can be a company, a close corporation, a partnership or a sole proprietor. Applications are only considered from manufacturers who qualify for participation in the TCIDP.
This is dependent on the export product of the manufacturer.  Table below illustrates the product categories.
Clothing 25%
Household Textiles 17.5%
Fabric 12.5%
Yarn 8%

• The SACU secretariat has appointed Gherzi Textile Organization to undertake a study to develop a long term strategy for the SACU Textile and Clothing Sector. The SACU textile and clothing industry is facing challenges, compounded by the current global economic crisis.
• The member states are awaiting the gazzettment of the new extension period (01.04.09 to 31.03.2010
• Forms are available from the Department of Industrial Affairs
• TCIDP beneficiaries have forms in soft copies and hard copies

REBATE 470.03

REBATE 470.03

Rebate item 470.03 is a SACU Industrial incentive programme which covers all goods produced exclusively for export outside SACU. Registered companies are exempted from duty on raw materials subject to finished goods exported outside SACU. A rebate of duty is granted on components and materials for use in the manufacture, processing, finishing, equipping or packing of goods exclusively for export.
The applicant must register with Botswana Unified Revenue Services (BURS) as a user of the rebate item. The applicant can thereafter submit the completed application to the Department of Industrial affairs. The following are requirements for processing Rebate 470.03
1) Renewal  form
2) Reconciliation form
3)  BURS registration certificate
4) List of raw materials registered by BURS under Rebate 470.03

REBATE 405.04


Under this facility, a rebate of duty is granted on goods (excluding motor vehicles) designed for use by persons with physical or mental defects/ disability. The following are requirements for processing Rebate 405.00

1) The application form
Copy of the organizational constitution

Economic Diversification Drive

Following the Presidential Directive on the Economic Diversification Drive, the Government of Botswana has embarked on the initiative to promote the growth of a vibrant and globally competitive private sector. The EDD is pursued in two ways: using short-term and medium- to-long term strategies. In the short term, the Government seeks to use its buying power to promote the utilization of locally manufactured goods and services. In the medium-to-long term, the Government aims to work with an assertive private sector that can thrive independently and participate confidently in external markets. Therefore, the Ministry of Trade & Industry invites the Private sector to participate in and benefit from the EDD.

The programme is intended to ensure that procuring entities support local manufactures and service providers by promotion of local procurement through preference margins on the basis of turnover thresholds as follows:

Turnover Threshold Margin (%)   
Up to P5 million 15%
P5 000 001 to P19 999 999 10%
P20 000 000 and above 5%
These guidelines stipulate the procedure to be followed in the implementation of programme.


All Manufacturing enterprises and service providers can apply for registration to participate in the program provided that they:

   1. Are registered with the Register of Companies in Botswana;
   2. Possess a valid relevant license or letter of waiver written by a competent authority;
   3. Be operating in Botswana

You can participate

  1. By becoming part of the National Suppliers’ Directory (register at )
  2. And/or by obtaining EDD certification (go to services and forms to download forms)