Market Reports/Tariffs
Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods

Congo (Democratic Republic of the)

Import Tariffs
Intellectual Property Rights
Market Information

Last updated on 08/02/2011

If you have any questions about the following information, please contact Maria D'Andrea-Yothers at the U.S. Department of Commerce- Office of Textiles and Apparel at 202-482-4058 or click here for e-mail access.

**The following information is provided only as a guide and should be confirmed with the proper authorities before embarking on any export activities.**

Import Tariffs - Congo (Democratic Republic of the)
The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) (also known as Congo-Kinshasa) is a member of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). The COMESA Customs Union was launched on June 7, 2009. A transitional period of three years (June 2012) was provided during which the Member States would align their national tariffs with the COMESA CET. The CET is based on categorization of goods with the following tariff rates: raw materials and capital goods - 0%; intermediate goods - 10%; and finished goods - 25%. Sensitive products will be given differential treatment in terms of application of the CET. Member States: Burundi, Comoros, D.R. Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sudan, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe

Most tariffs are ad valorem and are on a c.i.f. (cost, insurance and freight) basis.

Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC): Tariffs (percent ad valorem) for Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
-other vegetable fiber
-man-made fiber
Woven Fabric
10 -20
-other vegetable fiber
-man-made fiber
10 - 20
Knit Fabric
10 - 20
Non Woven Fabric
Industrial Fabric
10 - 20
10 - 20
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.......
5 - 20


Travel Goods



10 - 20


For more detailed tariff information, the Current Situation of Schedules of WTO Members on the WTO website.

Additional Import Taxes and Fees--A value-added tax (VAT) of 16 percent is applied.

The Congolese Office of Control - OCC charges a 2% tax (ad valorem) on the CIF value of all imports exceeding USD 2,500 plus an additional charge of $5 per ton of goods, and uses a sliding scale for imports valued less than USD 2,500. Importers of duty-free goods must pay a nominal sum for internal consumption.

Temporary Entry/Samples--Samples of no commercial value are exempt from import duty.

Goods in transit are not taxed, but are subject to administrative fees, handling costs, and bank charges.

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Import Documentation/Procedures (Congo (Democratic Republic of the))

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
Effective as of June 2006, the French-owned company BIVAC International became the DRC’s authorized agent for pre-shipment inspection of imports valued at $2,500 or greater, pursuant to an agreement with the DRC customs authority (DGDA) and the Bureau de Contrôle Congolais (Congalese Control Office (OCC)). Exporters must provide BIVAC with an invoice containing a detailed description of goods to be shipped and a statement accepting inspection.

DRC Customs Authority
DGDA (Direction Générale des Douanes et Assises)
(Directorate General of Customs and Excise)
OFIDA (Office des Douanes et Assises)
Tel: 0024810577194

For information on common export documents, such as transportation documents, export compliance documents, certificates of origin, certificates for shipments of specific goods, temporary shipment documents, and other export-related documents, see the webpage on Common Export Documents.

For more information on import procedures and documentation requirements, see the Country Commercial Guides (CCG) in the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library (enter your country of interest in the "country" field, and enter "Country Commercial Guide (CCG)" in the "Report Type" field. Some market research reports are available only to U.S. companies and U.S. students/researchers that are registered with

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Import Restrictions (Congo (Democratic Republic of the))
No information is currently available on any bans, quotas, or other restrictions.

U.S. Export Restrictions:

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in the U.S. Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, and international narcotics traffickers and their agents in accordance with U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. The OFAC website includes summaries of sanctions programs for various countries and the “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons” (SDNs) list of entities and individuals with whom U.S. persons may not conduct business and whose property must be blocked if under the control of a U.S. person.

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the U.S. Department of Commerce is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which regulate the export and re-export of most commercial items. BIS maintains the Denied Persons List, which consists of individuals, and companies that have been denied export and re-export privileges by BIS, and the Entity List, which consists of foreign end users who pose an unacceptable risk of diverting U.S. exports and the technology they contain to alternate destinations for the development of weapons of mass destruction
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Standards - Congo (Democratic Republic of the)
The DRC does not have its own national standards regimes, but rather applies regional and international organizations’ standards, including the WTO (World Trade Organization) COMESA (Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa), SADC (South African Development Community), ISO (International Organization for Standardization) and ARSO (African Regional Organization for Standardization). The Congolese Office of Control - OCC, operating under the supervision of the Ministry of Industry, is responsible for developing standards and performing conformity assessments on exports and imports.

The National Committee of Standardization, reporting to the Ministry of Industry, has the authority to propose regulations and standards for export and import goods, to follow up on their enforcement, and to report all discrepancies for improvement.

Local standards organization and other resources:
Congolese Office of Control - OCC
Director of Standardization Department
Tel: [+243] – 8121430338

The National Center for Standards and Certification Information (NCSCI) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce provides information on U.S. and foreign standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures for non-agricultural products. NCSCI staff responds to requests for information by identifying relevant standards and regulations, and by referral to the appropriate standards-developers or private-sector organizations. Under copyright restrictions, NCSCI cannot provide copies of standards, but NCSCI does provide sources for accessing standards.

U.S. companies can register for the Notify U.S. service to learn about and comment on proposed changes to foreign standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures that may affect U.S. access to global markets.

Additional resources:

Examples of voluntary formaldehyde labeling programs

American Apparel and Footwear Association's Restricted Substances List

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

ASTM International

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

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Labeling - Congo (Democratic Republic of the)
No information is currently available.

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Intellectual Property Rights - Congo (Democratic Republic of the)
In the DRC, the Ministry of Industry oversees industrial property issues. Intellectual property theoretically enjoys full legal protection in the DRC, but enforcement of IPR regulations is virtually nonexistent. The DRC’s legal system and public administration are ill-equipped to enforce intellectual property regulations. Although the DRC’s weak economy and nominal industrial base minimizes the capability to pirate intellectual property, the government is also unable to prevent most pirated goods from being imported into the country or their subsequent distribution and sale.

For information on protecting your trademarks, patents and copyrights:

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Market Information - Congo (Democratic Republic of the)

The Africa Portal is a one-stop shop for trade assistance in Africa. The U.S. Commercial Service in partnership with the U.S. Department of State helps your business grow by offering commercial and trade facilitation services in most African markets.

Government Procurement-- See Global Procurement Opportunities for U.S. exporters.

Government procurement contracts and the award of public service concessions are the responsibility of La Direction Générale Du Contrôle Des Marchés Publics (The Directorate General of Public Procurement Control (DGCMP)), under the Minister of Budget leadership, Preference is given to national and regional (COMESA) source when procurement contracts are awarded. The preference consists of a reduction in the financial terms of the bid and it must be indicated and quantified in the invitation to tender. A preference is also given to foreign bidders that plan to subcontract 30 percent of the total value of the contract to a DRC enterprise, or that plan to use 40 percent of DRC experts in the key team of experts.

U.S. companies may contact the U.S. Commercial Service for information and personalized counseling at every step of the exporting process. Find a U.S. Export Assistance Center near you.

Other sources for market information and data:

OTEXA Export Market Report (U.S. export data for textiles, apparel, footwear and travel goods)

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service

U.S. Department of State - U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions

U.S. Office of the Trade Representative

Local Industry and Trade Associations

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