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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 154th largest goods trading partner with $162 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2017. Goods exports totaled $76 million; goods imports totaled $86 million. The U.S. goods trade deficit with Congo (Kinshasa) was $10 million in 2017.

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).

Exports

Congo (Kinshasa) was the United States' 154th largest goods export market in 2017.

U.S. goods exports to Congo (Kinshasa) in 2017 were $76 million, down 7.8% ($6 million) from 2016 and down 32.5% from 2007. 

The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2017 were: meat (pork) ($16 million), machinery ($14 million), miscellaneous textile articles ($10 million), cereals (wheat) ($8 million), and electrical machinery ($7 million).

U.S. total exports of agricultural products to Congo (Kinshasa) totaled $26 million in 2017. Leading domestic export categories include: poultry meat & prods. (ex. eggs) ($16 million), wheat ($7 million), corn ($896 thousand), pork & pork products ($225 thousand), and vegetable oils (ex. soybean) ($138 thousand).

Imports

Congo (Kinshasa) was the United States' 128th largest supplier of goods imports in 2017.

U.S. goods imports from Congo (Kinshasa) totaled $86 million in 2017, down 50.6% ($88 million) from 2016, and down 58.4% from 2007. 

The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2017 were: copper ($48 million), art and antiques ($10 million), precious metal and stone (diamonds) ($8 million), cocoa ($5 million), and mineral fuels ($4 million).

U.S. total imports of agricultural products from Congo (Kinshasa) totaled $8 million in 2017. The leading category is: cocoa beans ($5 million).

Trade Balance

The U.S. goods trade deficit with Congo (Kinshasa) was $10 million in 2017, a 89.5% decrease ($81 million) over 2016.

Investment

U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Congo (Kinshasa) (stock) was $76 million in 2017, a 1.3% increase from 2016. There is no information on the distribution of U.S. FDI in Congo (Kinshasa).

No data on Congo (Kinshasa)'s FDI in the U.S. are available. There is no information on the distribution of Congo (Kinshasa) FDI in the U.S.

 

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