Democratic Republic of the Congo - Country Commercial Guide
Market Challenges

Learn about barriers to market entry and local requirements, i.e., things to be aware of when entering the market for this country.

Last published date: 2021-10-11

U.S. firms entering the market in the DRC will face multiple challenges.  The lack of reliable electricity and water often means companies provide their own supplies.  The high costs of transportation can make inputs more expensive and eat into profit margins.  A difficult customs clearance process can result in a long wait for imported products to become available.  Companies will often arrange for a local agent who can facilitate the process.  Further, the taxation system is complicated and its application often arbitrary.  Companies often work with a local counterpart who can handle this process.  Corruption and bureaucracy are a constant brake on business activity.  Laws are applied inconsistently, and the judicial process is slow.  Companies as a result often find a local legal advisor necessary.