D.R. Congo Import Restrictions

In order to enter Democratic Republic of the Congo, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Democratic Republic of the Congo government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Democratic Republic of the Congo.

DR Congo Import Regulations

Import restrictions

Senders should determine import restrictions from Democratic Republic of Congo authorities before posting:

  • Drugs and medicines
  • Distilling apparatus
  • Firearms
  • Military equipment
  • Plants, fruit and grain
  • Saccharine and similar substances

EDN’s and export permits are required for:

  • Kangaroo skins
  • Crocodile skins
  • Emu oil
  • Fish oil
  • Bunker oil
  • Coal
  • Petroleum bases products
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Any other alcohol including beer and spirits all volumes.

Special documentation

All goods require an import licence, except:

  • commercial samples
  • personal gifts to the value of 50 zaires.

Australian Customs require an EDN (export declaration number) for ECI / EPI parcel items going to the Democratic Republic of Congo. In addition to this, please ensure that all receiver details are completed correctly.

Please contact the Express call-centre on 1800 007 678 for more information.

The sender and receiver details must be addressed with a valid street address in English. A Post Office Box address is not acceptable.

The sender is responsible for finding if the destination country may impose duties, taxes, brokerage fees or any other fees that may be applied on the item that is being sent. Please contact the consulate office of the country you are sending to or contact the ECI customer contact centre on 1800 007 678.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, Democratic Republic of Congo prohibits:

  • Animals and animal products
  • Antiques
  • Absinthe, liquors based on absinthe
  • Contraceptives
  • Furs
  • Gambling devices
  • Ivory
  • Isopropanol
  • Jewellery, precious stones and metals
  • Military samples
  • Perishables
  • Pornography

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