Democratic Republic of Congo

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Import regulations and customs duties

Regulations
Some products may be freely imported :

  • 100 cigarettes or 50 cigars.
  • 1 bottle of alcoholic liquor.
  • A reasonable amount of perfume for personal use.
  • Cameras if temporarily imported by tourists. Radios, tape recorders, record players and gifts are subject to duty.

An import license is required for arms and ammunitions. Concerning the pets, veterinarian health certificate stating that the animals are free from ticks and have not been exposed to contagious diseases. Cats and dogs need an additional rabies certificate stating that they have been vaccinated against rabies over a month but less than 12 months before departure. This last certificate must be issued not more than 15 days before departure. Pets may enter as passenger's checked baggage, in the cabin or as cargo. Export of ivory is only authorized for polished items and is subject to duty.

 


Customs duties
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Import taxes
No airport Tax is levied on passengers upon boarding at the airport

 

 


Transportation of goods

By road
Traffic drives on the right. Owing to poor maintenance, the roads are among the worst in Africa and only achieve a fair standard around the main towns. It is wise to check that bridges are safe before crossing. Vehicle thefts, including hijackings at gunpoint, occur. Bus services run between the main towns but are crowded and unreliable. Taxis are available in Kinshasa but unreliable. Car hire is available on a limited basis at the airport and an International Driving license is required.


By rail
The main internal railway runs from Lubumbashi to Llébo, with a branch to Kalemie and Kindu, and from Kinshasa to the port of Matadi. Rail services are generally subject to disruption. There is no air-conditioning, but there are couchettes and dining cars on the principal trains.


By sea
Over 1,600km of the Congo River are navigable and, in normal circumstances, there are services from Kinshasa to the up-river ports of Kisangani and Ilébo. Services are unreliable owing to political instability and fuel shortages.


By air
There are connections from N'Djili Airport (Kinshasa) to over 40 internal airports and 150 landing strips. Small planes may be available for charter.



Patents and brands

Texts currently applying to patents/brands

  Text Date entered into law Period of validity Comment
Patent Agreement Revising the Bangui Agreement of March 2, 1977, on the Creation of an African Intellectual Property Organization, February 24, 1999 : 20 years :
Trademark Agreement Revising the Bangui Agreement of March 2, 1977, on the Creation of an African Intellectual Property Organization, February 24, 1999 : 10 years, renewable for further 10-year periods :
Design Agreement Revising the Bangui Agreement of March 2, 1977, on the Creation of an African Intellectual Property Organization, February 24, 1999 : 5 years, renewable for two further 5-year periods :



 

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