DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

Since 2008, the Democratic Republic of the Congo Office de Gestion du Fret Maritime (OGEFREM) is requiring all sea cargo to have a Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) or Fiche Electronique des Renseignements a l’Importation (FERI). Some shipping lines may not load cargo without the CTN number. Cargo arriving without a Cargo Tracking Note may be subject of fines and delays.

Cargo Tracking Notes will not be issued at discharge port.

Procedure:

  • Submit the required documents by email or online submission.
  • You will be sent a draft and an invoice, typically within the same day.
  • Once your payment has been received and you approve the draft, validation will be sent.

Timeline:

  • The CTN must be validated before the vessel arrives at the destination. No regularization at destination port.
  • Since our office validates the CTN, the process can typically be done within 24 hours after receipt of payment.

Below are the required documents for this certificate:

– Bill of Lading
– Commercial Invoice
– Freight Invoice (required if the freight amount is not specified on commercial invoice)
– Customs Export Declaration (optional)


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CIRCULARS

4.4.2017 — DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC CONGO NOW REQUIRES ORIGINAL B/L — *No FERI can be validated with a B/L copy or draft. We can only validate the FERI after receiving and uploading the Original B/L with the indication of the vessel’s departure date AND the FERI number printed in the body of the Original B/L.

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – VEHICLES — As of 4 April 2017 the Democratic Republic of Congo have modified import regulations allowing older vehicles to be imported into the DRC. The previous limitations of vehicle age to 7 and 10 years of age have now been modified to 20 years. Review the DR Congo page on this web site for specifics of vehicle types.

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6.14.2016 — EFFECTIVE JUNE 14, 2016 — June 14, 2016 – The DRC now requires an “GUICHET UNIQUE” or FXI number to be included on the FERI (Cargo Tracking Note) document. The GUICE reference is called FXI and is a progressive number given to the importers when opening their Import license. Therefore, insertion at origin (Port of loading) of FXI number on the FERI and other documents will enable to verify correct execution of importation’s tasks from the importer at destination and prevent delays and extra charges.

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3.1.2014 — The DRC has implemented increased enforcement of the requirement that all cargo arriving at their ports or cross border land transport must be covered by the FERI document. Regardless if the shipment is discharged directly at DRC ports, transshipped from foreign ports or cross border land transport, the FERI document must be obtained. Failure to obtained this document will result in possible fines, delays or refusal to allow the cargo to land in the DRC. The DRC advised that the FERI should be obtained no later than ten days after the departure of the vessel from the loading port. FERIs will not be issued at discharge or landing place and must be issued at loading.

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