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

Congo (Democratic Republic of the)

Import Tariffs
Documentation/Procedures
Restrictions
Standards
Labeling
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 (%)
Yarn
-silk
5003-5006
5
-wool
5105-5110
5
-cotton
5204-5207
5
-other vegetable fiber
5306-5308
5
-man-made fiber
5401-5406/5501-5511
5
........................
Woven Fabric
-silk
5007
10
-wool
5111-5113
10
-cotton
5208-5212
10 -20
-other vegetable fiber
5309-5311
10
-man-made fiber
5407-5408/5512-5516
10 - 20
Knit Fabric
60
10 - 20
.........................
Non Woven Fabric
5603
10
Industrial Fabric
59
10 - 20
........................
Apparel
61-62
10 - 20
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.......
63
5 - 20
........................
Carpet

Footwear

Travel Goods
57

64

4202
20

10 - 20

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.


If your product is primarily made in the U.S. of U.S. originating components it may qualify for duty-free entry into countries with which the U.S. has a free trade agreement (FTA). The U.S. currently has FTAs with the following countries: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Peru, Singapore and South Korea. See the FTA Tariff Tool, to determine the duty-free status or reduced duties that apply to products eligible under these free trade agreements.

Additional resources for tariff information:

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

No specific information is available.

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
DRC Customs Authority
DGDA (Direction Générale des Douanes et Assises)
(Directorate General of Customs and Excise)

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 Export.gov webpage on Common Export Documents.

For country-specific information on import procedures and documentation requirements, see the
Country Commercial Guides (CCG) on the export.gov website.

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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)
No specific information is available.

Local standards organization and other resources:
Congolese Office of Control - OCC
Director of Standardization Department
Tel: [+243] – 8121430338
Email: makengo238@yahoo.fr

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.


Notify U.S. - Member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to report to the WTO all proposed technical regulations that could affect trade with other Member countries. Notify U.S. is a free, web-based e-mail subscription service that offers U.S. companies an opportunity to review and comment on proposed foreign technical regulations that may affect their access to international 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 specific information is available.

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Market Information - Congo (Democratic Republic of the)


No specific information is available.



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For information on selling to foreign governments, see the Global Procurement Opportunities website.

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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