Getting Started

The U.S. Embassy in Windhoek is committed to supporting U.S. companies to start exporting or grow their exports to Namibia.  In this section, you’ll find a quick description of Namibia as an export market and some suggestions for getting started.

Getting Started

Access the Country Commercial Guide and / or the Investment Climate Statement for Namibia, written by the U.S. Embassy in Windhoek’s Economic and Commercial team, which provides a detailed overview of Namibia’s business environment, opportunities, and important links and points of contact.  The U.S. Commercial Service’s Market Research Library  containing more than 100,000 industry and country-specific market reports, authored by our specialists working in overseas posts.

The Library Includes:

  • Country Commercial Guides (read latest “Doing Business In” guides)
  • Industry Overviews
  • Market Updates
  • Multilateral Development Bank Reports
  • Best Markets
  • Industry/Regional Reports

You might also consider having a look at the latest “Doing Business” guide and/or the “Doing Business” regional profile for the Southern African Development Community. Contact your local U.S. Export Assistance Center for advice and support on exporting to Namibia. To contact a trade specialist near you, go to or contact your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Starting a business can be a challenge, but there is help for you in your area. Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are partnerships primarily between the government and colleges/universities and, administered by the Small Business Administration, provide educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

You can also request specific support from the Windhoek embassy’s Commercial team.  Embassy Windhoek is a partner post with the Foreign Commercial Service in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has a limited ability to provide many of the services offered by the FCS – such as International Company Profile, International Partner Search, and Gold Key Services – but tailored for Namibia.

Potential investors: Getting Started

If you are considering investment in Namibia, here are some steps you may wish to consider as you get started:

Current investors: Staying Connected

If you are a current U.S. investor in Namibia, the U.S Embassy wants to stay in touch. Here are a few steps you can take to keep the channels of communication open:

  • Register with the U.S. Embassy – If you are active in Namibia, let us know by sending an email to the contact addresses on this page.
  • Add us to your mailing lists – we are always happy to stay informed.
  • Subscribe to our Embassy Facebook page or Twitter 
  • Set up a meeting with our economic or commercial team to discuss any issues that arise.

Business Visas

For information on obtaining a visa to visit Namibia, go to the Namibian Embassy website. For specific questions, you may wish to give them a call.

Travel Advisories

Make sure to check the current State Department travel advisory page to see if any current advisories apply for Namibia.


The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is an important anti-corruption tool designed to discourage corrupt business practices in favor of free and fair markets.  The FCPA prohibits promising, offering, giving or authorizing giving anything of value to a foreign government official where the purpose is to obtain or retain business.  These prohibitions apply to U.S. persons, both individuals and companies, and companies that are listed on U.S. exchanges. The statute also requires companies publicly traded in the U.S. to keep accurate books and records and implement appropriate internal controls.

A party to a transaction seeking to know whether a proposed course of conduct would violate the FCPA can take advantage of the opinion procedure established by the statute.  Within 30 days of receiving a description of a proposed course of conduct in writing, the Attorney General will provide the party with a written opinion on whether the proposed conduct would violate the FCPA.  Not only do opinions provide the requesting party with a rebuttable presumption that the conduct does not violate the FCPA, but DOJ publishes past opinions which can provide guidance for other companies facing similar situations.