Japanese vehicle exports to Botswana to increase

Staff Writer
HAKATA, Japan: Last year, the value of second hand motor vehicles exports from Japan to Botswana increased by 27 percent to reach $13.1 million.

The figure is expected to increase as consumers continue to shy away from buying new cars. A report by Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) says that from January to November, Japan exported cars worth $8.5 million to Botswana and busses and trucks valued at $4.6 million. During the same period, Botswana imported $124,000 worth of spare parts from Japan.

In a briefing recently, JETRO officials revealed that the transport sector takes the lion's share of exports by principal commodities to Botswana.

Mmegi has learnt that most second hand cars exported to Africa are initially condemned to go to the scrap yard. But dealers who are mostly foreign nationals buy them at bargain prices and export them.

A dealer in second hand minibus in Hakata, Toshiyuki Nakajima of AID Company said recently that exports of second hand vehicles to Africa are poised to increase as shipping companies offer reduced prices due to reduced business in the transportation of new cars, electronics and other goods as the economic downturn bites.

Exports by Japan plunged more than 45 percent in January according to data released here last week.

Imported second hand vehicles have now littered roads in urban centres of African countries including Botswana.  Environmentalists

have long warned that emissions from these vehicles are becoming a major source of air pollution.

The ambassador of Botswana to Japan, Oscar Motswagae said he is aware of the dealers who export 'condemned' vehicles to Africa.  "We once discussed this issue with former President Festus Mogae on his official visit here and he felt that Batswana should be given an opportunity to own cars."

Motswagae however said Botswana should introduce standards and regulations on the condition of cars that should be allowed on its roads.

Meanwhile, the machinery sector came second to vehicles in Japanese exports destined for Botswana last year with a total value of $647,000. This includes power generators, construction machines and mechanical handling equipments. 

Manufactured goods like textile yarn, fabrics and rubber imported by Botswana last year from Japan amounted to only $141,000.

Japan imported diamonds from Botswana worth $29.2 million.  The figure looks small though Japan is the second largest market for Botswana's diamonds. This is because the Asian country only consumes the final product, which is jewellery. The value of Japanese imports to Botswana is going to drop drastically this year, as the global downturn has impacted negatively on the jewellery retail business.

Banners ?>


Mr. Kennafela. What prompted you to be a politician?

Latest Frontpages

Todays Paper Todays Paper Todays Paper Todays Paper Todays Paper Todays Paper
Adana Escort
Adıyaman Escort
Afyon Escort
Ağrı Escort
Aksaray Escort
Amasya Escort
Ankara Escort
Antalya Escort
Antep Escort
Ardahan Escort
Artvin Escort
Aydın Escort
Balıkesir Escort
Bartın Escort
Batman Escort
Bayburt Escort
Bilecik Escort
Bingöl Escort
Bitlis Escort
Bolu Escort
Burdur Escort
Bursa Escort
Çanakkale Escort
Çankırı Escort
Çorum Escort
Denizli Escort
Diyarbakır Escort
Düzce Escort
Edirne Escort
Erzincan Escort
Elazığ Escort
Erzurum Escort
Eskişehir Escort
Giresun Escort
Gümüşhane Escort
Hakkari Escort
Hatay Escort
Iğdır Escort
Isparta Escort
İskenderun Escort
İstanbul Escort
İzmir Escort
İzmit Escort
Karabük Escort
Karaman Escort
Kars Escort
Kastamonu Escort
Kayseri Escort
Kıbrıs Escort
Kırıkkale Escort
Kırklareli Escort
Kırşehir Escort
Kilis Escort
Kocaeli Escort
Konya Escort
Kütahya Escort
Malatya Escort
Manisa Escort
Maraş Escort
Mardin Escort
Mersin Escort
Muğla Escort
Muş Escort
Nevşehir Escort
Niğde Escort
Ordu Escort
Osmaniye Escort
Rize Escort
Sakarya Escort
Samsun Escort
Siirt Escort
Sinop Escort
Sivas Escort
Şırnak Escort
Tekirdağ Escort
Tokat Escort
Trabzon Escort
Tunceli Escort
Urfa Escort
Uşak Escort
Van Escort
Yalova Escort
Yozgat Escort
Zonguldak Escort
Alaçatı Escort
Aliağa Escort
Alsancak Escort
Bornova Escort
Buca Escort
Çeşme Escort
Çiğli Escort
Gaziemir Escort
Karşıyaka Escort
fethiye escort
iskenderun escort
iskenderun escort
iskenderun escort
iskenderun escort
iskenderun escort karataş escort ceyhan escort ankara escort etimesgut escort çankaya escort altındağ escort mamak escort keçiören escort