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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 139th largest goods trading partner with $257 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2016. Goods exports totaled $83 million; goods imports totaled $174 million. The U.S. goods trade deficit with Congo (Kinshasa) was $91 million in 2016.

According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports of goods to Congo (Kinshasa) supported an estimated 7 hundred jobs in 2015 (latest data available).  


Congo (Kinshasa) was the United States' 151st largest goods export market in 2016.

U.S. goods exports to Congo (Kinshasa) in 2016 were $83 million, down 38.8% ($53 million) from 2015 but up 17.9% from 2006.  

The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2016 were: meat (poultry) ($17 million), special other (articles donated for relief) ($15 million), machinery ($11 million), electrical machinery ($10 million), and miscellaneous textile articles ($10 million).

U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Congo (Kinshasa) totaled $21 million in 2016. Leading domestic export categories include: poultry meat & prods. (ex. eggs) ($17 million), prepared food ($744 thousand), pulses ($327 thousand), fresh vegetables ($285 thousand), and vegetable oils (ex. soybean) ($217 thousand). 


Congo (Kinshasa) was the United States' 109th largest supplier of goods imports in 2016.

U.S. goods imports from Congo (Kinshasa) totaled $174 million in 2016, up 13.1% ($20 million) from 2015, and up 104.4% from 2006.  

The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2016 were: copper ($101 million), mineral fuels ($40 million), precious metal and stone (diamonds) ($10 million), art and antiques ($8 million), and ores, slag, and ash (niobium, tantalum) ($5 million).

U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Congo (Kinshasa) totaled $7 million in 2016. The leading domestic export category is: cocoa beans ($4 million). 

Trade Balance

The U.S. goods trade deficit with Congo (Kinshasa) was $91 million in 2016, a 416.3% increase ($73 million) over 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.