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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 132nd largest goods trading partner with $336 million in total (two way) goods trade during 2014. Goods exports totaled $182 million; goods imports totaled $154 million. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Congo (Kinshasa) was $27 million in 2014.


Congo (Kinshasa) was the United States' 136th largest goods export market in 2014.

U.S. goods exports to Congo (Kinshasa) in 2014 were $182 million, up 7.1% ($12 million) from 2013 and up 172% from 2004.

The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2014 were: pharmaceuticals ($40 million), meat ($37 million), machinery ($36 million), miscellaneous textile articles ($13 million), and electrical machinery ($11 million).

U.S. exports of agricultural products to Congo (Kinshasa) totaled $55 million in 2014.Leading categories include: poultry meat & prods. (ex. eggs) ($37 million), wheat ($6 million), prepared food ($4 million), dairy products ($3 million), and condiments & sauces ($1 million). 


Congo (Kinshasa) was the United States' 116th largest supplier of goods imports in 2014.

U.S. goods imports from Congo (Kinshasa) totaled $154 million in 2014, up 104% ($79 million) from 2013, and up 24% from 2004.

The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2014 were: copper ($97 million), special other ($20 million), art and antiques ($16 million), inorganic chemicals ($6 million), and coffee, tea & spice ($5 million).

U.S. imports of agricultural products from Congo (Kinshasa) totaled $8 million in 2014. 

Trade Balance

The U.S. goods trade surplus with Congo (Kinshasa) was $27 million in 2014, a 70.9% decrease ($67 million) over 2013. 


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.