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Duties and Tax Exemption 

For contact information regarding government custom authorities, please follow the link below:  4.1 Dominican Republic Government Contact List

Emergency Response: 

[Note: This section contains information which is related and applicable to ‘crisis’ times. These instruments can be applied when an emergency is officially declared by the Government.  When this occurs, there is usually a streamlined process to import goods duty and tax free.] 

Agreements / Conventions Description 

Ratified by Country? (Yes / No)  

WCO (World Customs Organization) member 

YES, 28 JUL 04 

Annex J-5 Revised Kyoto Convention 

YES,  26 JUN 99  

UNDER NOTIFICATION PG0209B1 

OCHA Model Agreement 

YES, 24 SEP 14  

Tampere Convention (on the Provision of Telecommunication Resources for Disaster Mitigation and Relief Operations) 

NO 

Regional Agreements (on emergency/disaster response, but also customs unions, regional integration) 

YES, (DR CAFTA)  24 MAY 04 

Exemption Regular Regime (Non-Emergency Response):  

[Note: This section should contain information on the usual duties & taxes exemption regime during non-emergency times, when there is no declared state of emergency and no streamlines process (e.g. regular importations/development/etc.).] 

National legislation on humanitarian aid includes Customs Law No. 226 of 2006, which ratifies that the customs clearance of relief consignments for the purpose of export, transit, temporary admission and imports, and must be made on a priority basis. 

Agreements or Assistance and Cooperation Agreements are held between some UN agencies and the Government of the Dominican Republic and ratified in legislation. 

Relief consignments are waived of duty and import taxes.  

Organizational Requirements to obtain Duty Free Status 

United Nations Agencies 

  • Basic Technical Assistance Agreement between the United Nations and the Dominican State Article 10 of June 11, 1974 (Letter G, Article X. .. Note 1, signed with UNDP. 
  • Convention of 15 September 1987 (Revision and Renewal) signed with PAHO / WHO 
  • Cooperation Agreement with the Government of the Dominican Republic and WFP signed on September 19, 2006. 

Non Governmental Organizations 

Specific agreement between the NGO and the Government of Dominican Republic. 

Exemption Certificate Application Procedure:  

Duties and Taxes Exemption Application Procedure 

Generalities

  • Knowledge Sea, Air or Land 
  • Certificate of Donation 
  • Certificate of Value 
  • Certificate of Origin 
  • Certificate of Non-Radioactive (for food) 
  • Phytosanitary Certificate of Origin (for food) 
  • Export Invoice 

Process to be followed 

The Dominican Republic uses the Single Window of Foreign Trade (VUCE) is a trade facilitation initiative, with the aim of streamlining the procedures required to carry out the relevant processes to import and export merchandise, through the harmonisation of processes and the incorporation of information technologies.  

Through the Single Foreign Trade Window, you can carry out procedures for permits, licenses and certifications, before or after the arrival or departure of the merchandise to the Dominican Republic. 

Follow the next steps through the VUCE system:  

  • Submit Letter to the Ministry of State for Foreign Affairs department carefully exemptions, enclosing the sales documentation. 
  • Filling of the specific forms of import tax exemption with the Ministry of Finance, Directorate General Exemptions 
  • Import Authorization Application to the Ministry of Agriculture food items or the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance, in the case of drugs 
  • Plant Import Permit Agrifood Safety or the Department of Animal Health and Plant 
  • Application for Withdrawal of Goods to the Directorate General of Customs. 
  • To streamline the process and reduce the lead time in delivering the goods: a letter to the collector of customs with details requesting provisional release ships.  

Exemption Certificate Document Requirements 

Duties and Taxes Exemption Certificate Document Requirements (by commodity) 

 

Food 

NFI (Shelter, WASH, Education) 

Medicines 

Vehicle & Spare Parts 

Staff & Office Supplies 

Telecoms Equipment 

Invoice 

No, Applies to NGO, not UN 

Yes, 

original  and 2copies, 

Applies to UN and NGO 

No, 

Applies to NGO, not to UN 

Yes, 

original  and 2copies, 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes, 

original  and 2copies, 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes, 

original  and 2copies, 

Applies to UN and NGO 

AWB/BL/Other Transport Documents 

YES, 1 original  and  2 copies, 

Applies to UN and NGO 

YES, 1 original  and  2 copies, 

Applies to UN and NGO 

YES, 1 original  and  2 copies, 

Applies to UN and NGO 

YES, 1 original  and  2 copies, 

Applies to UN and NGO 

YES, 1 original  and  2 copies, 

Applies to UN and NGO 

YES, 1 original  and  2 copies, 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Donation/Non-Commercial Certificates 

Yes, 1 original  and 2copies, 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes, 1 original  and 2copies, 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes, 1 original  and 2copies, 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes, 1 original  and 2copies, 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes, 1 original  and 2copies, 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes, 1 original  and 2copies, 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Packing Lists 

Yes, 1 original  and 2copies, 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes, 1 original  and 2copies, 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes, 1 original  and 2copies, 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes, 1 original  and 2copies, 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes, 1 original  and 2copies, 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes, 1 original  and 2copies, 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Other Documents 

Certificate of Origin (1 original and 2 copies; applies for UN and NGO) 

Phytosanitary Certificate of Origin (1 original and 2 copies; applies for UN and NGO); 

Certificate of Fumigation (1 original and 2 copies; applies for UN and NGO) 

 

Certificate of Origin (1 original and 2 copies; applies for UN and NGO) 

Certificate of Origin (1 original and 2 copies; applies for UN and NGO) 

Certificate of Origin (1 original and 2 copies; applies for UN and NGO) 

Certificate of Origin (1 original and 2 copies; applies for UN and NGO) 

Certificate of Origin (1 original and 2 copies; applies for UN and NGO) 

Additional Notes: When items are not donated Commercial Invoice, the International Agency should develop Donation Certificates, worth and value structure. 

Customs Clearance 

General Information  

Customs Information 

Document Requirements  

To make imports is required to submit a declaration to customs. In September 2007 the introduction of the Single Customs Declaration (DUA) definitely am replacing the old declaration forms sole export and import , from April 1, 2011 began. The DUA allows auto taxpayers determine their tax obligations customs , forward the information to Customs electronically and make payments electronically. The form is also intended to facilitate the statistical control of foreign trade and exchange of information with other customs. 

The DUA must be accompanied by a commercial invoice , transport documents (bill of lading if the goods are transported by ship or air waybill if it is by plane), and a certificate of origin for preferential imports . Additionally , depending on the product concerned , permit or authorization to import and plant and animal health certificates corresponding due. 

A major change since the previous review of the Dominican Republic is the elimination of the consular invoice previously required to approve all import operations. This requirement was eliminated by Law No. 226-06 of June 21, 2006 . 

Starting in October 2010, was implemented in the country Integrated Customs Management System (SIGA) , all import statements must be submitted through this system via internet . 

In the Dominican Republic is not mandatory to use the services of a customs broker to perform foreign trade operations , however , about 80 percent of customs declarations is carried through customs agents . Law No. 84-05 of May 2005 sets new requirements for the exercise of these agents more efficient. 

For goods in transit, please go to the sub-heading below TRANSIT REGIME 

Embargoes 

NONE 

Prohibited Items 

The Dominican Republic prohibits the import of some products for health and environmental reasons, in accordance with its national law or international commitments. The import prohibitions apply equally to all trading partners. The importation of the following articles is prohibited : 

  • Used cars over five years ( Law No. 4-07 ) 
  • For transporting heavy goods over five tons capacity and over 15 years of manufacturing vehicles ( Law No. 4-07 ) 
  • Used Electronics ( Law No. 4-07 ) 
  • Human waste , animal or industrial ( Law No. 218-84 ) 
  • Toxic waste ( Law No. 64-00 ) 
  • Used clothing ( Law No. 458-73 ) 
  • Narcotics ( Law No. 50-88 ) 
  • Conifers ( Law No. 4990-58 )
  • Products from Vietnam. 

The prohibition applied to imports of motorcycles was removed by Law No. 12-01 2001 

The importation of some products is regulated through import permits in order to protect public safety and health, environment, flora, fauna and public health. Products subject to import permits listed in the following table 

In the case of products and by-products of vegetable and animal origin, permits or " authorizations " of import are issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and must be accompanied by a "guide of no objection" Plant and Animal Health , as the case.

Control by the agricultural authorities is strict and products that are observed by its phytosanitary status or contamination are rejected without a claim. 

Moreover, pursuant to Decree No. 1288-04 October 2004 implementing national provisions of CITES, the importation of plants and animals and their products, parts and derivatives, requires a permit issued by the Ministry of Environment. 

The Dominican Republic holds import licenses for several agricultural products subject to tariff quotas under the WTO and quotas agreed under the DR -CAFTA and other preferential agreements. The Dominican Republic has notified [AH4] the Committee on Import Licensing Step WTO TRQ for Agricultural Products. 

General Restrictions 

 

Items 

Granting institution permits 

Legal instrument 

Date 

Substances for plant protection and veterinary products 

Ministry of Agriculture 

Law Nº 4030-55 

Law Nº 311-68 

19 January 1955 

24 May 1968 

Bulbs and seeds, fruits, spices, live plants, fertilizers and pesticides, meat products, fish and crustaceans, live animals, products and byproducts of animal origin 

Ministry of Agriculture 

Law Nº 4030-55 

Law Nº 4990-58 

Law Nº 311-68 

Law Nº 8-65 

19 January 1955 

27 August 1958 

24 May 1968 

8 September 1965 

Weapons and ammunition 

Ministry Armed Forces 

Law Nº 36-65 

17 October 1965 

Livestock and fresh meat 

Ministry of Agriculture 

Law Nº 4990-58 

Law Nº 278-66 

27 August 1958 

29 June 1966 

Seeds 

Ministry of Agriculture 

Law Nº 4990-58 

Law Nº 231-71 

27 August 1958 

22 November 1971 

Importing telecommunications equipment 

Dominican Institute of Telecommunications 

Law Nº 153-98 

27 May 1998 

Gases and substances that deplete the ozone layer 

Ministry of Environment 

Law Nº 64-00 

Law N° 311-68 

18 August 2000 

24 May 1968 

Certain drugs for human and animal use, and chemicals 

Ministry of Health  / Ministry of Agriculture 

Law Nº 42-01 

Law Nº 50-88 

Law Nº 4030-55 

8 March 2001 

30 May 1988 

19 January1955 

 

Customs Clearance Document Requirements 

Customs Clearance Document Requirements (by commodity) 

 

Food 

NFI (Shelter, WASH, Education) 

Medicines 

Vehicles & Spare Parts 

Staff & Office Supplies 

Telecoms Equipment 

D&T Exemption Certificate 

Yes 

1 original and 1 copy 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes 

1 original and 1 copy 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes 

1 original and 1 copy 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes 

1 original and 1 copy 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes 

1 original and 1 copy 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes 

1 original and 1 copy 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Invoice 

No, 

Does not apply to UN, does apply to NGO 

 

Yes 

1 original and 2 copies 

Applies to UN and NGO 

No, 

Does not apply to UN, does apply to NGO 

Yes 

1 original and 2 copies 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes 

1 original and 2 copies 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes 

1 original and 2 copies 

Applies to UN and NGO 

AWB/BL/Other Transport Documents 

Yes 

1 original and 2 copies 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes 

1 original and 2 copies 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes 

1 original and 2 copies 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes 

1 original and 2 copies 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes 

1 original and 2 copies 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes 

1 original and 2 copies 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Donation/Non-Commercial Certificates 

Yes 

1 original and 2 copies 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes 

1 original and 2 copies 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes 

1 original and 2 copies 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes 

1 original and 2 copies 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes 

1 original and 2 copies 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes 

1 original and 2 copies 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Packing Lists 

Yes 

1 original and 2 copies 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes 

1 original and 2 copies 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes 

1 original and 2 copies 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes 

1 original and 2 copies 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes 

1 original and 2 copies 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Yes 

1 original and 2 copies 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Phytosanitary Certificate 

1 original and 2 copies 

Applies to UN and NGO 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Documents 

Yes 

1 original and 2 copies 

Applies to UN and NGO 

Certificate of Fumigation (1 original and 2 copies; applies for UN and NGO); Customs clearance request letter specifying customs agent authorized for management of clearance process on behalf of organization. 

Customs clearance request letter specifying customs agent authorized for management of clearance process on behalf of organization. 

Customs clearance request letter specifying customs agent authorized for management of clearance process on behalf of organization. 

Customs clearance request letter specifying customs agent authorized for management of clearance process on behalf of organization. 

Customs clearance request letter specifying customs agent authorized for management of clearance process on behalf of organization. 

Customs clearance request letter specifying customs agent authorized for management of clearance process on behalf of organization. 

Transit Regime 

PROCEDURES TO FOLLOW

  1. Submit the required documents through the SIGA or electronically and send the documents, no later than 10:00 am on the day of the verification, informing the scheduled time for verification as well as the number of containers Export to be included in the day's schedule. Complete documentation, already final, must be submitted before 3:00 p.m. on that day. 
  2. The Dept. of Temporary Admission Registration and seal the documents once the revision has been made and the same of them.
  3. These documentsdocuments will be delivered to the Temporary Admission supervisor, who will be transferred to a communication system. 
  4. The verification is concluded, the container (s) will be sealed and the custodian will move with the custody documents of the merchandise to the port of departure.
  5. Delivered the goods at the port of departure, the server with the documents stamped by the Customs Administration and the deposit in the Temporary Admitting Department for the place records.

DOCUMENTATION REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Commercial invoice.
  2. DUA Export Form, through SIGA, duly completed according to the breakdown of each invoice.
  3. Packing list.
  4. Copy Resolution of the CEI-RD where the product to be exported is authorized.
  5. Certificates of Authorization of the product when it corresponds (DNCD, Phytosanitary,Zoo sanitary, etc.)
  6. In the case of a Transfer of Free Zone Companies, include Transfer Form No. 3495 (RD $ 10.00 Dominican pesos).

MERCHANDISE IN TRANSIT TO HAITI: 

Imports through the Dominican Republic (maritime ports and airports): 

Documentation of the necessary charge include original copies of the following documents: 

For goods in transit: 

  • The load should be clearly marked as "In transit humanitarian aid to Haiti, no commercial value". ("In transit humanitarian aid destined for Haiti, no commercial value"). 
  • Documentation requirements include original copies of the following documents: 
  1. Packing List
  2. Bill of Lading / Air Waybill
  3. Freight Certificate
  4. Declaration of Value or Invoice
  5. Certificate or letter of donation (if applicable)
  6. Certificate of origin (if any - is required for foodstuffs)
  7. Phytosanitary certificate (if any - is required for foodstuffs)
  • Copies of these documents can be used to advance the process of customs clearance, but original copies should be provided to the arrival of cargo to avoid fees. 
  • The use of a reputable broker is mandatory in maritime ports and airports. 

CHARGE BY LAND FOR HAITI BORDER CROSSING 

  • Original copies exposed in the delivering freight will be used. 
  • If the cargo is procured locally, the documentation requirements are the same (the original)

Tax and duty exemptions for cargo moving into Haiti must be applied for with and processed by the Ministry of Finance in Haiti prior to the cargo moving by road transport to the border. The originals of the following for the border crossing are required: 

  1. Detailed List Package by truck
  2. Waybill (roadmap) of land transport
  3. For transit cargo that arrived in Dominican ports:Bill of Lading / Airway Bill 
  4. Certificate freight
  5. Declaration of Value or Invoice
  6. Certificate or letter of donation (if applicable)
  7. Certificate of origin (if any - is required for foodstuffs)
  8. Phytosanitary certificate (if any - is required for foodstuffs)
  9. Import permits issued by the relevant Ministry in Haiti.

To move the load must be presented with a complete packing list, signed and stamped by the organization. Note that the road map and packing list must correspond. It is not, for example, sufficient to show just the number of pallets - the exact number and description of all elements of each pallet should be provided. Furthermore, an additional customs form is required. 

Both the organization receiving the consignment and the organization sending it must have at least one representative at the border to facilitate the crossing. They must also have the approval of the Finance Authority of Port Au Prince to introduce humanitarian aid to Haiti. 

From Ports Transit: 

  • Article 135 - Transit of goods to foreign ports be allowed, provided that this declaration at the port of departure and emergency, through a special vessel arrival to the Dominican port request. a) - entire transit declaration shall be accompanied by a satisfactory bond to cover the amount of duty, any penalty whatsoever imposed and incidentals, and such bond shall not be cancelled, but against delivery tornaguía foreign port where merchandise was destined. 
  • Article 136 - In the case of goods in transit to foreign ports, the ship 's agent or consignee shall submit to Customs, a manifesto expressing triplicate marks, numbers, number and kind of package. Gross weight, description of goods, this value and destination port. Packages will be marked, and transportation allowed, either directly or with foreign Dominican port call in another overland port as well as by sea. a) Of the three copies of the manifest, two will be certified and of these one will be sent by mail to the Customs of the port of destination and the other will be given to the Captain of the vessel or the driver of land transport under sealed envelope to be submitted to the corresponding Customs. b) A transit declaration shall be accompanied by a satisfactory bond to cover the amount of duties and taxes, any penalty whatsoever applied and other expenses that might arise, which will be cancelled upon receipt of the tornaguía foreign port where it was intended merchandise. For delivery of tornaguía within ninety (90) days for the United States of America and the West Indies and 180 days for other countries is granted.
  • Article 137 -  When the goods in transit is for another final destination port in the republic, the formalities are required, and tornaguía is replaced by a letter of the Customs of the port of destination.
  • Article 138 -  At 60 days after arrival in the Republic of the Goods in transit, if it has not put reshipped, an additional period of 15 days shall be granted for transhipment or declaration for consumption, except in cases of force more justified. 
  • Section 139 -  In the case of damaged goods or subject to deterioration, the Comptroller of Customs shall arrange for sale at public auction if the consequences so require, after having the approval of the Director General of Customs and warn concerned, provided there is good at this time.
  • After the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010, the Directorate General of Customs Emergency Measures established in February 2010 to be followed by all customs posts in the border’s took steps to facilitate movement of humanitarian aid as to import transit and export. See Annex to the DGA on Humanitarian Assistance and Emergency Measures
  • As of April 1, 2011, will be declared imports by Single Customs Declaration Form (DUA), designed for both imports and exports. Similarly, you should make the records required under the Integrated Customs Management System (SIGA) to obtain the corresponding token in the Legal Department of the Directorate General of Customs.