Democratic Republic of the Congo FERI – Freight Certificate

Demokratik Kongo Cumhuriyeti FERI

Demokratik Kongo Cumhuriyeti FERI

With the administrative order (decree number 011/18), all goods imported to the Democratic Republic of Congo must have a FERI (Fiche Électronique de Renseignement à L’importation) certificate. The majority of the goods are imported through Kinshasa and Matadi ports. For the imports to eastern cities in D.R. Congo, ports of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania) and Mombasa (Kenya) are preferred to minimize on-carriage charges (ONC). In this case, importers will only need a FERI certificate for their goods since there is no implementation of ECTN for Kenya and Tanzania.  If a FERI certificate is not obtained, there will be a penalty fee of 20% of the freight cost at the point of destination (409/021 – 23th March 1992).

As of April 11, 2011, SCK Representation is the agent for D.R. Congo FERI certificates with their experience in the industry and result-oriented approach.

How can you get the Democratic Republic of Congo FERI Certificate?

You need to submit the following documents in the application for the FERI certificate:

  • Bill of Lading (Application can be done with a draft copy. Original will be needed for validation)
  • Commercial Invoice
  • Freight Invoice  (it is not necessary if the freight value  is indicated on commercial invoice)
  • Application Form

You should share PDF copies of the documents through to start the certification process. There is no need to send hard copies for the issuance of BSC certificates. Please be sure to share final documents which will not have any more amendments later on in the process. A penalty fee will occur for the amendments after the validation of the certificates.

Are there any additional requirements for the issuance of a BSC certificate?

FXI reference: The GUICE reference is called FXI and is a progressive number given to the importers when opening their import license. Therefore, insertion at the origin of the FXI number will enable to verify the correct execution of importation’s tasks from the importer at destination and prevent delays and extra charges.

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Exporting companies should have their FERI certificates approved up to 5 days before the ship enters the territorial waters of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This period is tracked from the manifest and is important to avoid any delays. We recommend you submit your application immediately after the ship’s departure. We can only see the FERI number in the certificates that are paid for and approved. As required by some letters of credit, we recommend you have all FERI numbers written on the bill of lading.