Shipping / Export from UK to Gaborone, Botswana

We specialise in shipping household goods and vehicles (cars, trucks, tractors, buses, motorbikes, etc) to Botswana from the UK (by RoRo or Container), and can guarantee the best shipping prices.

For UK based clients, we offer either shipping only, where you deliver your vehicle or goods to one of the UK ports of departure, or an all-inclusive shipping service where we collect your vehicle or goods from any UK address and ship them to Gaborone.

For international clients, we can either source and supply new or used vehicles from the UK and export them directly to you in Botswana, or if you have identified or secured your own car in the UK, we can buy the vehicle on your behalf and ship it to you in Botswana.


Cost / Prices for Shipping to Gaborone, Botswana


Saloon / Sedan cars (up to 1.6m height)


4x4 / SUV / Vans (up to 2.1m height)


20-foot Container (1 car)


40-foot Container (2 cars)


Other vehicles (Truck, Bus, Tractor, Trailer, etc)
£dimensions needed

Collection / Delivery (from any UK location)

£1 per mile

Shipping Methods to Gaborone, Botswana

We operate one ship per week from UK to Botswana, through ports of Southampton, Sheerness, New Castle, Tilbury, and Immingham. We typically export to Gaborone where you can collect the vehicle, OR using our local Botswanan agents, we can arrange for the clearance of your vehicle when it arrives in Walvis Bay, Namibia (Or Durban), and you can then collect it there yourself and transport it to Botswana (the RoRo shipping quotes above would be reduced by about 45%).

The ships take approximately 15-17 days to get to Walvis Bay, and about 1-2 days to Gaborone from the UK. There are two main methods of shipping vehicles from the UK to Botswana:

- RoRo Car Shipping to Botswana from the UKRORO Shipping - RoRo is short for "Roll on Roll off" and is the simplest, cheapest, and most popular method of shipping. Vehicles are driven into the ship and securely fixed to the ship's deck, and when the ship arrives in Gaborone, they are driven out of the ship. Putting personal goods in the vehicles is usually not permitted when shipping by RoRo.

- CONTAINER Shipping - this is where vehicles are secured in a container, which is then loaded onto the ship. Container shipping is a more expensive but secure option and is ideal if you are sending high-value vehicles or if you are sending other items with your car, such as household goods or spare parts.

Procedure / How to Book

Vehicle Collection / Delivery

Provide us with the address for collection and details of the vehicle you want to be collected. We will come to collect the vehicle at a convenient time and deliver it to the port.

Vehicle Shipping from the UK

* Provide us with your full name and address, details of the vehicle you want to ship, a copy of the V5 (or new keeper supplement), and the MOT certificate (if available)
* Deliver your vehicle to the UK port of departure using port documentation that we will provide to you (or we will pick your vehicle and deliver it to the port)
* Make payment (before the ship's departure date)
* We carry out customs clearance and issue you with documentation required to clear your car when it gets to Gaborone.

Vehicle purchase on your behalf

If you locate a vehicle through a UK car dealer, private seller or another UK car selling website, we can act as your agent, negotiate on your behalf, and conduct background checks and inspections before you purchase the car (to make sure it is not a fraudulent advert, stolen, or has been in an accident).

We will then purchase it on your behalf, collect it, deliver it to the UK port of departure, and ship it to you in Botswana.

To order this service, provide us with the private seller, dealer, website, or email details, and we will make contact on your behalf and start the process of securing the vehicle and exporting it to you in Botswana. Full details and costs can be found on our page Buy vehicle in the UK on my behalf

New / Used Car Supply

We supply brand new and used vehicles from the UK and ship them directly to clients in Botswana. We also specialise in exporting tax free cars (Brand new or VAT qualifying used cars), so our Botswanan clients can make huge savings when purchasing a vehicle from us.

We are able to source and supply ALL vehicles available in the UK market, which are either our own vehicles, or cars supplied by our network of dealers across the UK. Due to our extensive network, we guarantee to get you the cheapest prices in the UK, for cars, 4x4s, vans, trucks, minibuses, buses, coaches, tractors and plant machinery.

To order a vehicle, call us, email, or submit an online enquiry with the vehicle make, model, year of manufacture, colour, transmission, engine size, etc, and we will provide you with vehicle options within minutes. Alternatively, browse our database of cars for export, and ask for quotation to ship to Botswana.

UK Customs & Documentation

Car Exporters UK has direct access to the UK Customs Portal granted by the UK Government, so we will make customs and border entries on your behalf to avoid delays or your car being detained at the port.

We will also prepare all documentation needed in Botswana, including inspection Documents, Log Books, Invoices, Bills of Lading, Marine Insurance, Receipts etc, and will send these to you by DHL (tracked) in advance of the ship’s arrival in Gaborone, to allow you (or your local agent), to start the customs clearing process.

Vehicle Shipping by Air

We have shipped vehicles to locations around the world for various reasons including filming commercials, racing, movies etc. The main reason for shipping cars by air include saving time or for extremely prestige and precious vehicles. We can provide very competitive air freight rates to Botswana, so please contact us for a quote.

Payment Methods

The following are the modes of payment we accept, but please note that vehicles will not leave the UK until full payment has been received and cleared in our account.

* Bank Transfer (Most Convenient)
* Credit and Debit Cards
* Western Union® or Moneygram etc
* Cheques (issued by UK banks ONLY)

Botswana Import Rules and Duty Calculations

Below is a quick summary of the rules regarding the importation of vehicles into Botswana. It is intended to be a guide only, and you must always ensure that you check with your own local authorities for firm confirmation. For more information on the requirements and import regulations for cars into Botswana, see the Botswana Unified Revenue Service's car Importation guidelines, and our page How to Import - Botswana Car Duty / Tax Rules.

Clearance of Motor Vehicles

Currently, the Botswana government does not impose any restriction on importation or exportation of motor vehicles.

Motor vehicles imported on a temporary basis into Botswana should be imported under cover of a Temporary Import Permit issued by BURS at time of importation or an ATA Carnet. Such motor vehicles may remain in Botswana for a period not exceeding 14 days after which period customs duties and/or VAT on the motor vehicle becomes due and payable.

All foreign registered vehicles entering Botswana are required to pay a National Road Safety Fund levy amounting to P40.00, which expires at the end of December of each year, and a Road Transport Permit levy charged on the basis of the leden load of a vehicle (truck) and charged for every entry into Botswana.

Duty and Customs

Motor vehicles that enter Botswana for home consumption are liable for payment of customs duties and/or VAT and therefore should be cleared for Customs purpose within 14 days from the date of entry into Botswana.

Documents Required

The appropriate documents to submit to BURS for this purpose are:

* Customs Declaration Form SAD 500
* Police Clearance Certificate from both the export country and Botswana Police Service
* Customs Clearance documents from the UK (Bill of Lading, V5 Logbook, Shipping Note, Customs Declaration etc)
* Invoice or valuation certificate from a local vehicle retail store/garage.

PS: Customs clearance of a motor vehicle should be undertaken even if there is no intention to register it in Botswana or the vehicle is still owned by a Bank or any other third party.

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