Dominican Republic - Customs and duties

The customs tariff is primarily a revenue-raising instrument, although it is occasionally used to protect local industry. In the 1960s and early 1970s, import duties constituted the greatest single source of government revenue (accounting for 40–45% of the annual total during 1964–70), but by 1986 the share of import duties in government income had fallen below 30%. Export duties provided only about 5% of government revenues in 1986. In September 1990, a government decree simplified the tariff schedule to six categories, with seven tariff rates, ranging from 5% to 35%.

As of 2001, the maximum basic tariff rate stood at 20%, but there were also levied a luxury tax of up to 60% on "nonessential" goods, a 5% exchange surcharge placed on all imports, and an industrialized goods and services tax of 12% levied on processed goods.

There are no free ports, but at least 19 industrial free zones have been established at locations including La Romana, San Pedro de Macorís, Santiago de los Caballeros, Baní, and Puerto Plata.

In 1998, the Dominican Republic helped to establish the Central American–Dominican Republic Free Trade Area (CADRFTA). The country also has an agreement with CARICOM and Western Hemisphere governments for a free trade area by 2005.

User Contributions:

Very informative but I need detail current import duties.

What would the duties and taxe percentage be when shipping computer electronics (specifically an internet security firewall) to the Dominican Republic from the US? Is it based on both dollar value and product type?
Nowhere i can find what to pay to get the dominican flag on a boat.

I heared about overdone taxes of 40 % ?

Anybody here who did this already?

Jean Henderson
I have sold a time share in Las Vegas, Nevada to a couple in La Romana, Dominican Republic. Is there a tariff tax that has to be paid on the money going into Canada and when does it need to be paid if so?
Hi...trying to find out the cost build-up of Customs Duties and Taxes for all of the Food & Beverages Grocery Imports into Dom Rep, including Frozen/Chill Foods and Petcare.
Can you guide me where I can find this information?
Tks Much
Hi I have a question. I wish to send a caravan from the uk to the Dominican republic. The make is Hobby and the model is 645 VIP and was manufactured in 2011.
I have no problems to find a role on role off to take it BUT no one so far can tell me if it is legal to import into the DR.
I suppose it would be classed as a recreational vehicle like a boat ??
I am told that cars may not be more than 5 years old but the agents I have contacted are not clear how a caravan or even if a caravan is clasified for import or if there are any age limitations on the item for import.
If you can help / advise I would appreciate it including shipping costs and if it is feasible then what duty would be applied.
The market value of the unit in the is approx £5000 gbp but if importation is possible how would they calculate the vale for clearance in the DR.

Thank you for your assistance.

Alan Walker

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