Country Profile: Democratic Republic of the Congo

Democratic Republic of the Congo








UN trade profile (link)

Key government contacts President (website)
Responsible to coordinate with donors:
Mr. Jules Muilu Mbo
Coordinateur du Secretariat General au Boulevard Palais de la Nations
Commune de la Gombe
Batiment Administratif de la Fonction Publique
2ème Niveau, Aile3
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Telephone: +243 898407499
AU REC memberships COMESA, ECCAS
Main transport corridors Central CorridorNorthern CorridorNorth-South Corridor
Key private sector organisations N/A
WCO revised Kyoto ratification No (Source: WCO)
National TF body N/A (Source: UNCTAD)
Mr. Lievin Utway Bigofala
Secrétaire général au commerce, président du Forum national de développement et de politique commerciale
Boulevard Palais de la Nations
Commune de la Gombe
Batiment Administratif de la Fonction Publique
2ème Niveau, Aile3
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Telephone: +243 899627383
Customs IT system N/A

WTO TFA notification and ratification

WTO needs assessment April 14-18, 2008 (WCO, UNCTAD)
Category Received Date Link
A No -/- -/-
B No -/- -/-
C No -/- -/-
Ratification No -/- -/-

TF indicators and resources

Logistics Performance Index – World Bank

The World Bank Logistics Performance Index (LPI) is based on a worldwide survey of operators on the ground (global freight forwarders and express carriers), providing feedback on the logistics “friendliness” of the countries in which they operate and those with which they trade, supplemented with quantitative data on the performance of key components of the logistics chain in the country of work. The LPI provides a comparative ranking and overall score based on a scale from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest). The Efficiency of Customs and Border Clearance is one of seven areas covered by the LPI.

LPI_Efficiency of Customs and Border Clearance_DRC

Source: World Bank

Doing Business Report/Trading Across Borders Ranking – World Bank

The Doing Business project provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 189 economies and selected cities at the sub-national and regional level. The Trading across Borders indicators capture the documents, time and cost required for the logistical process of exporting and importing containerized goods by seaport, but they do not measure the cost of the sea transport or of tariffs or capture any aspects relating to international trade agreements.


Source: World Bank

Enabling Trade Index – World Economic Forum

The WEF’s Global Enabling Trade Report assesses the quality of institutions, policies and services facilitating the free flow of goods over borders and to their destinations. At the core of the report, the Enabling Trade Index benchmarks the performance of 138 economies in four critical areas: market access, border administration, transport and communications infrastructure, and regulatory and business environment. The border administration component looks at the efficiency and transparency of border and customs administration based on 11 separate indicators.

ETI_Border Administration_DRC

Source: World Economic Forum

Customs Capability Index – Global Express Association/Frontier Economics

The Customs Capability Index (CCI) score represents those policy measures that are important for goods requiring immediate release. A country with a score of 10 therefore has implemented all of the measures that facilitate shipments of express items whereas a country with a low score has only implemented a small number of measures.  (Source: Global Express Association/Frontier Economics)

Democratic Republic of the Congo’s CCI score: 4

Trade Facilitation Indicators – OECD

The OECD trade facilitation indicators cover the full spectrum of border procedures, from advance rulings to transit guarantees, for 133 countries across income levels, geographical regions and development stages. Estimates based on the indicators provide a basis for governments to prioritise trade facilitation actions and mobilise technical assistance and capacity-building efforts for developing countries in a more targeted way.

Democratic Republic of the Congo TF profile not available.

Diagnostic Trade Integration Studies – EIF

The Enhanced Integrated Fund (EIF) is a multi-donor programme, which supports LDCs to be more active players in the global trading system by helping them tackle supply-side constraints to trade. The country-level Diagnostic Trade Integration Study (DTIS) provides an analysis of the economic and trade environment and aims at identifying constraints to competitiveness, supply chain weaknesses and sectors of greatest growth and/or export potential. Each DTIS contains an Action Matrix which outlines priority reforms to be conducted in a certain order to alleviate the most binding constraints to greater trade competitiveness.

See Chapter 3 of the Democratic Republic of the Congo DTIS (2010).