The Export and Investment Centre of the Dominican Republic (CEI-RD) works closely with a considerable number of Dominican Exporters. It serves as a bridge between foreign buyers and the Dominican business community.
If your company is looking forward to importing Dominican products, our Embassy may assist you by matching your requirements, through CEI-RD, to the corresponding exporters.
Send your request by email to our business section. Please include a brief profile of your company, specific product with its harmonized system (HS) code, and volume requirements.
The Dominican Republic benefits from crucial Free Trade Agreements with significant markets of the world. It has signed FTA’s with the United States, Europe, Central America, the countries of CARICOM, and Panama, granting access to a market of more than 850 million consumers in total.
Click on the following links for the entire texts concerning each particular agreement.
DR-CAFTA: signed between the United States, the Dominican Republic, and Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua)
EPA - Economic Partnership Agreement: signed between the 28 states of the European Community and the 15 countries designated as CARIFORUM states.
CARICOM-DR: between the 13 countries of CARICOM and the Dominican Republic.
DR-Central America: signed between the Dominican Republic and Central America (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua)
Panama-DR Partial Reach Agreement
Dominican Republic Exporter-Importer Profile
The Dominican exports of goods and services amount to approximately 25% of the national GDP. The main trading partners are the United States, Haiti, Puerto Rico, the Peoples’ Republic of China, Guatemala, Honduras, Canada, and Netherlands.
The major source of Dominican exports comes from duty-free manufacturing, accounting for over 70% of the total exports, being driven mostly by the production of apparel, jewellery, electrical components, and pharmaceutical goods. The mining industry is the second largest exporter, with significant trading in gold and ferronickel. It is followed by exports of sugar, cocoa beans, and coffee products.
The Dominican producers are among the world leaders in the increasingly demanding markets of organic bananas and organic cocoa beans. More than 85% of the Dominican exports of organic bananas are destined for the European market. According to the Food and Agriculture Organizations (FAO), approximately half of the total imports of organic bananas by the EU come from Dominican soil.
While the major imports by the Dominican Republic consist of petroleum products, durable consumer goods (cars, appliances and others), machinery, and processed food.
Tariffs and Duties when Importing into the Dominican Republic
Before importing into the Dominican Republic, it is strongly recommended to contact directly the Directorate-General of Customs of the Dominican Republic (DGA) to ensure that your business is fully aware of all fees and regulations concerning your particular product. Use the following information as a reference only, please contact the DGA for more information.
List of Tariffs from the Directorate General of Customs of the Dominican Republic
Tariff: the Dominican tariff structure is bound to the standards of the World Trade Organization, with the exception of sugar, garlic, rice, corn, onions, chicken, pork, and milk powder. Tariffs range from 0 to 40%.
Customs Service Fee: A fee of 0.4% of the CIF value.
Selective Tax: consumption tax for luxury goods or "non-essential" goods, ranging from 15% to 80% of the CIF price.
Tax on Industrialized Goods and Services (ITBIS): 18% tax on industrialized goods and services. Please visit our Investment section for a list of laws with tax exemptions for certain goods.
For more information, please visit the Directorate of Customs of the Dominican Republic http://www.aduanas.gob.do/ or contact us at the Embassy.
Tariffs and Duties when Importing into Canada
The Dominican Republic is a recipient of the Generalized Preferential Tariff (GPT) treatment in Canada. Accordingly, many Dominican goods may be imported into Canada under zero or very close to zero tariff rates.
For a list of tariffs on goods imported into Canada, please visit the “Custom Tariff” section under the IMPORT AND EXPORT MENU of the Canada Border Services Agency web site at http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/ and choose the corresponding year.