FERI Certificate Services

Turners Shipping is a DRC Mandated Freight Certification Agent for the mandatory issue of FERI Certificates.

Turner’s Shipping has been designated as an official Freight Certification Agent for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), mandated to issue the FERI (Fiche Electronique de Renseignement à l’Importation) Certificates. 

This crucial role underscores Turner’s Shipping’s expertise and reliability in the logistics and transportation sector, providing vital services for businesses and traders involved in the importation of goods to the DRC. The FERI certificate is an essential requirement for all cargo entering the DRC, designed to streamline customs processes and ensure compliance with the country’s import regulations.

Through its appointment, Turner’s Shipping plays a pivotal role in facilitating smoother trade flows and enhancing the efficiency of cargo movement into one of Africa’s most significant economies.

What is a FERI?

The FERI is the French acronym for “Fiche Electronique des Renseignements a L’ Importation”. It is the document that accompanies all shipments transported to and en route to the Democratic Republic of Congo (‘DRC’). It is issued at the consignment port of origin. It is the responsibility of the appointed party for the freight movement of the shipment/consignment, to ensure that the required applicable FERI Certification has been issued. Failing to do so will result in penalties.

The control of the Certificates will be undertaken at the DRC ports of entry, ports of consignment origin, and of transit, for shipments that continue en route to the DRC, for all shipments. As indicated above, as per regulations, cargo cannot be cleared if the valid required FERI-Certificate does not accompany the shipment.

What is the FXI?

FXI is a progressive reference number issued to the DRC importers when obtaining an Import License. Therefore, the insertion at origin of the FXI number will together with the statutorily required Mandatory FERI Certifications enable the correct verification and execution of the import as expected of the importer and assist in the prevention of delays and additional charges.

What is BIVAC?

The Bureau of Inspection, Valuation, Assessment, and Control (‘BIVAC’) is the authorized agent for pre-shipment inspection of goods valued at USD 2,500 or more: following several steps and a quality, quantity and value verification, the exporting country BIVAC office issues a certification of validation and submits it to the importer through BIVAC in the DRC.

Such certification (which determines the CIF value) 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 (documents shall be in French). Furthermore, a commercial invoice, packing lists, bills of lading/air waybill, import license, pro forma invoice, export declaration, an insurance certificate, and often a certificate of origin are also required.

What information is required when applying for a FERI Certificate?

  • Shipper name
  • Consignee name
  • Notify Party in case the consignee is the name of the bank or is not located in DRC
  • Type of Commodities
  • The quantities
  • The weight
  • The CBM
  • The HS CODE
  • Type of container
  • Container number
  • SEAL Number

*Note – All information on the Bill of Lading, Commercial Invoice and Export Formalities must correspond.

What documentation is required when applying for FERI Certificate?

  • Original Bill of Lading / Sea Waybill / Non Negotiable Bill of Lading / Airway Bill*
  • Commercial Invoice including; Date, FOB + FREIGHT + Additional charges if Available and INCOTERM*
  • Freight invoice in the event the Commercial Invoice is sent on FOB Basis*
  • Packing List
  • FERI Application form including the HS CODE and the transshipment
  • Export Formality
  • FXI
  • Bivac Code
  • Transshipment information

*Mandatory Documents at the time of application.

What are the fees when applying for a FERI Certificate?

Item Cost
20’ Container Euro 60
40’ Container Euro 110
Bulk Shipment (Food Products, Pharmacy, Mineral Water, Petroleum Products and Cement (T or M3))

Euro 0,5 per MT or CBM

Minimum Euro 20 up to 200kgs.

Bulk Shipment (General Bulk Goods)

Euro 4 per MT or CMB

Minimum Euro 20 up to 200kgs.

Admin Fee per Certificate Euro 40
Item Cost

Euro 0,1 per loadable/chargeable weight (kgs) whichever is greater.

Minimum Euro 20 up to 200kgs.

Admin Fee per Certificate Euro 40

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