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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

Democratic Republic of Congo is currently our 142nd largest goods trading partner with $241 million in total (exports plus imports) goods trade during 2012. Goods exports totaled $200 million; Goods imports totaled $41 million. The U.S. goods trade deficit with Democratic Republic of Congo was $159 million in 2012.

Exports

Democratic Republic of Congo was the United States' 133rd largest goods export market in 2012.

U.S. goods exports to Democratic Republic of Congo in 2012 were $200 million, up 20.2% from 2010.

The top export categories (2-digit HS) for 2011 were: Mineral Fuel (oil) ($49 million), Meat (poultry) ($34 million), Machinery ($20 million), Fats and Oils ($16 million), and Cereals (wheat) ($13 million).

Imports

Democratic Republic of Congo was the United States' 146th largest supplier of goods imports in 2012.

U.S. goods imports from Democratic Republic of Congo totaled $41 million in 2012, a 93.2% decrease from 2011.

The top import category (2-digit HS) for 2012 was: Precious Stones (diamonds) ($21 million).

Trade Balance

The U.S. goods trade surplus with Democratic Republic of Congo was $159 million in 2012; changed from a deficit of $440 million in 2011.