Getting Started

About Business in the DRC

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) is a country that offers abundant opportunities for American companies through its unique biodiversity, vast mineral and forest resources, rich soil conducive to agriculture, large population base and generally open trading system.  However, the DRC is also considered one of the most difficult places in the world in which to do business.  Businesses should be well informed before starting up operations in order to be successful.  The Economic and Commercial Section of the U.S. Mission in Kinshasa offers a number of commercial services that aim to promote American trade and investment interests and encourage U.S. exports.  Below you will find steps to get started and resources to help you evaluate whether your business would be a good fit for the DRC:

Steps to get started:

  1. Get in touch with the nearest U.S. Export Assistance Center in your area for information and advice.
  2. Refer to the Country Commercial Guide (CCG) for a clear overview of market conditions, best export prospects, financing, investment climate, and legal issues in the DRC.
  3. Work closely with a local attorney (PDF 148 KB) to avoid mistakes due to ignorance, unfair competition, scams, and other hazards.
  4. Consult with American companies already operating in the DRC to take advantage of their experience. Here is the list of US companies (PDF 82 KB) and representatives of USA’s interests in the DRC.
  5. Contact the Economic and Commercial section of the US Embassy in Kinshasa at KinshasaEcon@state.gov for in-depth expertise on doing business in the DRC.
  6. Fill out an Advocacy Questionnaire (PDF 222 KB) in order to receive the US Embassy’s advocacy in case of unfair competition in the market. Please send the completed questionnaire to the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration Advocacy Center.
  7. The DRC’s National Agency for Investment Promotion will help facilitate the process of setting up your business in a timely manner and help you navigate DRC’s Investment Code.

Customized and Non Customized Services

The Commercial Section of the US Embassy in Kinshasa, in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Export Assistance Center, provides customized and non-customized services to American companies to find the best local potential buyers, distributors, or business partners: