The Democratic Republic of Congo is subject to an arms embargo and transit control.
This guidance will continue to apply until 31 December 2020. Read more information on the transition period.
There are a number of restrictive measures imposed in relation to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The measures are imposed by UN Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) 1493 (2003), 1596 (2005), 1807 (2008), and 2198 (2015) and by the European Union. EU measures are contained in Council Decision 2010/788/CFSP and Council Regulation 1183/2005.
It is prohibited to export, sell, supply or transfer military goods and technology to non-governmental entities and individuals operating in the territory of the DRC, or to other destinations where the items are ultimately for use by such entities or individuals. You should also be aware there are prohibitions if you are providing technical assistance, financing and financial assistance, and brokering services related to these items or to military activities.
Military items transiting the UK are still regarded as being exported when they leave the country and are therefore subject to control. Article 17 of the Export Control Order 2008 includes a transit and transhipment exception meaning that in many situations a licence is not required. This exception does not apply to goods destined for the DRC, meaning that a licence is required to transit goods through the UK or to tranship them in the UK with a view to re-exportation to the DRC.
For information on any relevant financial sanctions, contact the Office of Financial Sanctions Implementation.
ECJU contact details
Contact the helpline for general queries about strategic export licensing.
Export Control Joint Unit
3 Whitehall Place
Telephone: 020 7215 4594
Notices to exporters
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- amendments to open general export licences
- changes to the list of controlled goods
- updates on legislation and sanctions
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