D.R. Congo FERI Waiver Certificate 

FERI stands for Fiche Electronique de Renseignement à I’Importation and it is a legal requirement by OFIDA, the customs authority in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The D.R. Congo FERI certificate enables OFIDA to identify, control, track and forecast the traffic of imported goods. It is mandatory for all shipments to D.R. Congo. (MatadiBoma etc.)


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Import Procedures

All cargo shipped to D.R. Congo must acquire the FERI certificate. The new FERI requirement is adopted to replace the previous Inspection Procedure. It enables the Congolese Control Office to electronically track the traffic of imports.

Necessary Documents

  • Original bill of lading copy (BL);
  • Commercial invoice copy;
  • Customs declaration copy;

Price List

Acquiring the waiver comes at additional costs to the importer/exporter. These costs depend on the type of cargo (20ft, 40ft, Break Bulk, RO-RO, etc.), a number of containers, the number of Bills of Lading raised and the country of discharge for the shipment.

D.R. Congo FERI costs are changed in 2019. Please contact us for information.

Goods banned that are worth to mention

  • Foodstuff originated from Japan;
  • Imports of Alcoholic beverages above 45pct;

Regulations & Restrictions

The D.R. Congo FERI certificate must be requested by the exporter. The forwarding authorized agent can apply for a FERI waiver on behalf of the freight owner in certain cases.

OFIDA allows empty containers to be returned to Matadi port or Kinshasa depot which is subject to drop off fees.

Importer/ Exporter must obtain Cameroon BESC waiver 5 days before the vessel arrives at the port. Failure to present valid FERI certificate the port of discharge or fabricated FERI number results in a fine of up to $ 2500 USD per Bill of lading for non-compliance.

Please note, you only have to acquire the DR Congo FERI certificate when Cameroon is your final destination. If your cargo is in transit through D.R. Congo, you need the certificate.

Apply for D.R. Congo FERI Now

If you have all the required documents mentioned above, you can send the copies via e-mail to get your D.R. Congo FERI certificate validated Today. Alternatively, contact us if you have any concerns or your questions were not answered here.

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