Firearms, ammunition, water hyacinths, and pornographic materials are prohibited commercial imports. Coins, commemorative coins, bank notes, and second-hand materials intended for investment are restricted commercial imports, and require GDRC authorization before importation.
Exporters must provide BIVAC with an invoice containing a detailed description of the goods to be shipped and a statement accepting inspection.
The process is as follows: 1) The importer receives a pro forma invoice from the exporter; 2) the importer presents the invoice to an authorized commercial bank to receive an import license; 3) after the validation of the import license, the importer submits it to BIVAC; 4) BIVAC assigns a code number to the import license; 5) the code number is transferred to a BIVAC office in the exporting country; 6) on behalf of the OCC, BIVAC performs the pre-shipment inspection of the goods; 7) BIVAC verifies that quality, quantity and value declared on the pro forma invoice are the same and comply with international standards; and 8) following verification, the exporting country BIVAC office issues a certification of validation and submits it to the importer through BIVAC in the DRC.
A certification of validation must contain the supplier’s invoice number, the bill of lading number, the number of containers, the import license number and the confirmation of the quantity of the product. The certification of validation determines the CIF.
The following goods are exempted from pre-shipment inspections: imports with a FOB value below $2,500, live animals, fresh eggs, fruits, vegetables, fish and meat, fresh or refrigerated food, newspapers and periodicals, personal property including motor vehicles imported by DRC residents (those that have been outside the DRC for official purposes or training supported by the DRC state) who are returning to their country of origin, parcels without commercial value, commercial samples, personal gifts, donations offered by foreign governments or international organizations to charities, donations offered by foreign governments, international organizations, or private individuals for disaster relief, supplies and gifts imported for their own use by diplomatic entities, the United Nations, or other NGOs that have customs tax exemptions.
Matadi is the chief sea port of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the capital of the Kongo Central province. It has a population of 245,862 (2004)