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Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo

AGOA Status: The Democratic Republic of Congo (DROC) is not eligible for AGOA this year.

Trade Agreements: The U.S. and DROC have a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT). It was signed in 1984 and entered into force in 1989. DROC is also a member of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), with which the U.S. has a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), signed in 2001.

Special Initiatives: Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act ("Dodd-Frank") instructs the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), in consultation with the Department of State, to promulgate regulations requiring, in part, certain companies to submit annually a description of the measures taken to exercise due diligence on the source and chain of custody of "conflict minerals." Learn more about this regulation here.

U.S. – Democratic Republic of Congo Trade Facts

Congo (Kinshasa) is currently our 131st largest goods trading partner with $290 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2015. Goods exports totaled $136 million; goods imports totaled $154 million. The U.S. goods trade deficit with Congo (Kinshasa) was $17 million in 2015.


Congo (Kinshasa) was the United States' 134th largest goods export market in 2015.

U.S. goods exports to Congo (Kinshasa) in 2015 were $136 million, down 25% ($45 million) from 2014 but up 110% from 2005. 

The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2015 were: pharmaceuticals ($46 million), machinery ($22 million), meat (poultry) ($20 million), special other (low value estimates) ($8 million), and miscellaneous textile articles ($8 million).

U.S. exports of agricultural products to Congo (Kinshasa) totaled $26 million in 2015.


Congo (Kinshasa) was the United States' 115th largest supplier of goods imports in 2015.

U.S. goods imports from Congo (Kinshasa) totaled $154 million in 2015, down 0.5% ($695 thousand) from 2014, and down 42% from 2005. 

The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2015 were: copper ($126 million), art and antiques ($7 million), coffee, tea & spice (coffee) ($5 million), ores, slag, and ash (tantalum) ($4 million), and wood and wood products ($3 million).

U.S. imports of agricultural products from Congo (Kinshasa) totaled $8 million in 2015.

Trade Balance

The U.S. trade balance with Congo (Kinshasa) shifted from a goods trade surplus of $27 million in 2014 to a goods trade deficit of $17 million in 2015.


Data on U.S. FDI in Congo (Kinshasa) are unavailable.

No data on Congo (Kinshasa)'s FDI in the U.S. are available.


NOTE: No services trade data with Congo (Kinshasa) are available.