FERI (Fiche Electronique de Renseignement à I’Importation) certificates are compulsory for all shipments to DR Congo. One FERI certificate is required per Bill of Lading (BOL) and must be obtained in the country of loading.
Only OGEFREM or its agents have the authority to issue loading certificates. Each BOL must have a corresponding loading certificate in order for cargo to be cleared. Each loading certificate has a specific serial number which is duly signed, dated and stamped by the authorized OGEFREM agent. The situation with OGEFREM agents is far from straight forward after the contract with Frabemar was terminated. The new FERI certificate format and application is available through the link.
Pre-Shipment Inspection of imports for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is mandated by the DGDA (Direction Générale des Douanes et Accises) and OCC (Office Congolais de Contrôle), Ministry of Commerce.
Goods Exempted from Pre-Shipment Inspection:
- Fresh eggs
- Live animals
- Imports with FOB value below USD2500
- Fruits, vegetables, meat and fish, fresh or refrigerated (neither frozen or deep-frozen)
- Weapons, ammunition imported by the Administration
- Re-imports without modification
- Current newspapers and periodicals
- Commercial samples
- Post parcels without commercial value
- Personal effects and moves, including motorised vehicles imported by residents returning to their country
- Personal gifts
- Donations by foreign governments or international organisations to foundations, charitiyes and humanitarian organisations declared of Public Utility
- Donations by foreign governments or international organisations or private persons in case of disaster
- Goods purchased with donations and external resources including loans
- Gifts and supplies import by diplomatic entities, by United Nations organisations or other NGOs having customs taxes exemptions, for their own use
The items below require authorisation before they can be imported in to DR Congo:
- Weapons and ammunitions
- Bank notes
- Commemorative coins
- Used motor vehicles must comply with the following age requirements:
- Passenger cars and minibuses (less than 10 seats) must be less than 10 years from year of production.
- Commercial motor vehicles and buses (more than 10 seats) must be less than 7 years from year of production.
- Trucks must be less than 10 years from year of production.
Goods Prohibited from Import:
- Pharmaceuticals with an expiry date of less than 2 years (Ministerial Order No. 1250/CAB/S/C12/RM/2004 dated April 24th 2004)
- All foodstuffs and beverages containing saccharin, dulcin and sodium cyclamate as sweeteners (Ministerial Order No. 13/CAB/NCB/96 dated October 11th 1996).
- Foodstuff originated from Japan, following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan on March 11, 2011, causing radiation contamination in the regions of Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi and Gunma (Official Communiqué dd. 13/04/2011 from the Ministry of Commerce).
- Pharmaceuticals put up in the following forms (Ministerial Order No.1250/CAB/MIN/SP/069/CJ/OMK/2010 dd. 06/12/2010):
- Ciproeptadine in tablet and syrup
- Contrimoxazole in powder
- Amoxicilin in capsule and powder
- Mebendazole in powder and tablet / Metronidazole in powder and tablet
- Paracetamol in tablet and syrup
- Quinine in capsule, tablet, syrup and liquid
- Imports of Alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content above 45pct
- The following motor vehicles:
- Passenger cars and minibuses (less than 10 seats) more than 10 years from year of production
- Commercial motor vehicles and buses (more than 10 seats) more than 7 years from year of production
- Trucks more than 10 years from year of production