Customs Information

Republic of Congo - ALL

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED Congo - Republic of Congo

  • 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)


  • 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.
  • All imports of goods into the Republic of Congo with a value equal to or more than one million CFA francs (Around €1500), are subject to a preliminary import declaration. The preliminary import declaration must be submitted electronically on the customs website: Documents required: Import Declaration, import permit or validated specific import permit; Final Bill; Bill of lading or air waybill; any other required documents for clearance of goods. This type of clearance may cause delay in customs clearance process of the goods.


  • 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:

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


  • 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


  • Invoices required 
  • 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)


  • 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)
  • All food products unless canned
  • Non-compliance results in heavy penalties and possible confiscation of shipment