Country Guide: Republic of Congo

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Updated: December 02, 2015

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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Copy of Passport (including page showing Entry Permit)
  • Packing list
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) - no Express Release accepted / Ocean Freight Invoice / Air Waybill (AWB) – 2 copies
  •  Detailed valued inventory in French, signed and dated by the shipper
  • Original detailed inventory of new items bought less than 6 months prior to import, valued and signed by the shipper with original invoices attached  Letter of Employment
  • Original Job Transfer Letter (from employer overseas, with start and end dates of employment)
  • Original Certificate of Change of Residence (issued by local authority in origin country)
  • Bordereau Electronique de Suivi de Cargaison (BESC) / Electronic Cargo Tracking Note (ECTN)
  • Work Permit (issued by Ministry of Labor)
  • Certificate of First Settlement (issued by Immigration Department)

Specific Information

  • All original documents must be received by agent at least 15 days prior to arrival of the shipment to obtain the Certificate of Free Entry from the Customs head office.
  • All personal effects shipments, including diplomatic shipments, are liable to payment of two taxes: o La redevance informatique (computer tax) at 2% of cost, insurance and freight (CIF) value o La taxe ARC (assurance) at 0.8% cost and freight value
  • Pre-shipment inspection is not required for personal effects shipments or second hand cars, but is required for brand new car shipments (even if diplomatic).
  • COTECNA is the designated accredited inspection company. Please contact the company in the origin country to schedule the inspection.
  • Customs clearance for sea shipments is approximately 4 weeks.
  • Customs clearance for air shipments is approximately 1 week.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original Registration Card
  • Copy of Purchase Invoice
  • OBL / Invoice for freight paid
  • Original Invoice
  • Non-sale Certificate

Specific Information

  • Vehicles cleared without exemption are approximately 54.1% of the value estimated by Customs.
  • The OBL must show chassis number, engine number, cubic capacity, year of manufacture, brand and model.


Documents Required

  • Certificate of Vaccination
  • Veterinary Health Certificate

Specific Information

  • The Veterinary Health Certificate must state the animals are free from ticks and have not been exposed to contagious diseases.
  • An additional rabies certificate must prove vaccination against rabies more than 30 days but less than 1 year prior to arrival if an inactivated or Kelev vaccine was used, or 36 months prior to departure if an avianized (Flury) was used; if an avianized vaccine was used, the certificate must be issued within 15 days prior to departure.
  • Pets are subject to inspection upon arrival.
  • Pets may enter as accompanied baggage or in cargo

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • The following items may qualify for free import within the limits indicated:
    • Cigarettes (100), cigars (50), tobacco (1/2 lb.)
    • Alcoholic beverages (1 bottle)
    • Perfume (a reasonable amount for personal use)
    • Cameras (may be temporarily imported by tourists)
    • Radios, tape recorders, record players (subject to duties)
    • Satellite and radio communications equipment (authorization is required)
    • Arms and ammunition (an Import License is required)

Prohibited Items

  • Firearms and ammunitions (authorization from the territorial administration is required)
  • Unlawful drugs
  • Alcohol (only “Fond de Cave”) is acceptable and is duty free (30 bottles)

Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.


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IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.