Trade Promotion

Market Access

The Kingdom of Swaziland is a landlocked country a domestic market with just over 1 million people but through an outward looking trade policy, has been able to create market access of over 1.5 billion population.  This is in a form of Regional, Bilateral, Multilateral and Unilateral Free Trade Agreements.  Below is an outline of the various markets that Swaziland is a member.

Trade AgreementCountries/MembersSize,Liberalization & Market Access

Southern African Customs Union (SACU)

Swaziland, South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho
  • 55 million population, with South Africa as major trading partner
  • Allows for Free movement of goods within the customs union

Southern African Development Community (SADC)

Swaziland, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Mauritius, Namibia, Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Seychelles, DR Congo
  • 238 million population
  • Free trade area with preferential market access for goods and further integrating to customs union

Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)

Swaziland, Angola, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Burundi, Rwanda, Egypt, Libya, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Comoros, Congo, Somalia, Sudan, Malawi
  • 374 million population
  • Free trade area with preferential market access further integrating to a customs union.
  • Swaziland only SACU member state currently in COMESA
Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) Australia, Japan, New Zealand, USA, EU, Russia, Switzerland
  • Over 600 million population
  • Swaziland as beneficiary country enjoys preferential market access
  • Scheme enables developing countries to access markets of industrialized countries

Economic Partnership Agreement (SADC-EU EPAs)

EU 27/28
  • 500 million population
  • Duty free entry for Swazi products to EU 27
SACU-European Free Trade Association (PTA) Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein
  • 12.8 million population
  • Preferential market access for Swaziland products

Import Regulations Applied in Swaziland

Name of RegulationObjective/DescriptionRequirementResponsible institutionsContact Details
Export incentives It enables companies to import goods to be used to manufacture other goods and can be sold in local and import general raw material (inputs)to be used for processing of finished products exclusively for exports.

Falls under Schedule 3 (industrial Goods) for goods imported for manufacture of other goods.

Schedule 4 (item 470.03) respectively Raw materials imported for manufacture of goods exclusively for exports.

Duty rebate Certification International Trade Department in consultation with the Swaziland Revenue Authority (SRA) International Trade Department
Tel: +268 2404 1808/9
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Scheduled Agricultural Products

To protect local industry

To develop local capacity to produce these products

Import Permits

Levies

National Marketing Board (NAMBOARD) Chief Executive Officer
NAMBOARD
Tel: +268 2505 2646/48/51
Scheduled Dairy Product To protect dairy industry

Import permit

Levy

Swaziland Dairy Board(SDB) The Chief Executive Officer
Tel: +268 2505 8262/3
Animal Disease To protect human and animal health and environment

Import permit

Levy

Swaziland Dairy Board(SDB) The Chief Executive Officer
Tel: +268 2505 8262/3

Other products

  • Used
    • Motor vehicle
    • Earth moving
    • Equipment
    • Tyres casings
    • Footwear
    • Textiles
  • Mineral oils
  • Automotive parts
  • Arms
  • Drugs
  • Gold and other precious metals
  • Wild animals products
  • Agricultural products (wheat, floor, dairy, maize, rice)
  • Electrical Appliances
To protect local companies Import permit Import Permit Committee housed at the Ministry of Finance Import Permit Secretariat
Ministry of Finance
Tel: +268 2404 2142/
        +268 2404 8145