Congo, the Democratic Republic of the - Country Commercial Guide
Democratic Republic of the Congo - Customs Regulations
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The DRC’s General Directorate of Customs and Excise – “Direction Générale des Douanes et Accises” (DGDA) is tasked with the collection of customs duties and taxes, as well as fighting customs fraud, and protecting the commercial interests of the DRC’s citizens and national industry.  The DGDA acts as technical adviser to GDRC on customs policies, through the intergovernmental “Tariff Commission” in which the DGDA occupies a prominent place.  The Tariff Commission discusses and makes recommendations to the GDRC on matters relating to trade between the DRC and the rest of the world.

The DGDA assesses and collects tariffs and duties based on established rates under the DRC’s tariff schedule.  With international assistance, the GDRC continues to work to implement the various technical and legislative reforms to facilitate the movement of goods.  Significant progress has occurred in the customs sector, including through the development of the one-stop shop (“Guichet Unique”) in order to reduce fraud, increase the tax base, unify different customs expenses, and improve the DRC’s business climate.  The program has been implemented in the capital of Kinshasa, at the port of Matadi, at the Kasumbalesa border crossing on the DRC-Zambian border, in the eastern town of Beni, and is now being implemented in other areas, although a lack of funding continues to hinder progress and has slowed down implementation.  The Sydonia World software currently covers most custom offices throughout the country, reducing the lead time for customs clearance completion as well as strengthening customs control and increasing revenue collected by customs authorities.  In the future, the GDRC plans to extend its use to all customs posts in the DRC. 

For more information, contact the DGDA (Direction Générale des Douanes et Assises)

Direction Générale : Place le Royal, Immeuble Sankuru

BP 8248 Kinshasa – Gombe

Tel:  0024810577194