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Dominican Republic: Customs rules for shipping, exporting merchandise

Dominican Republic: Customs rules for shipping

Guidance issued by the customs authority provides rules for regulating the shipping and export of merchandise from the Dominican Republic.


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General rule no. 02-2019 (dated 9 December 2019) has an effective date of 8 January 2020, and aims to promote exports by establishing a process for exporters to follow. Under this guidance:

  • All merchandise dispatched from the Dominican customs territory, regardless of the customs regime of the country of the shipment destination, must be filed through a single customs declaration (DUA).
  • Merchandise exported by air and having a customs valuation not exceeding U.S. $200 are not subject to this process.
  • Sales of merchandise made to passengers on ships and aircraft, when located in the primary customs zone and documented as exports, will be considered as qualifying under the rules, provided that the ship or aircraft is duly registered and flagged abroad.
  • A single DUA cannot contain merchandise destined for different customs regimes.
  • The export declaration provides the exporter 20 days (measured from the declaration’s approval by the customs authority) to proceed with the shipment and dispatch of the merchandise.
  • The guidance provides a tolerance limit that allows the customs authority not to reject a shipment (for instance when there are goods that are not declared or because the value of the goods presented in fact exceed that of those declared). The tolerance limit allows the customs authority not to reject a shipment, provided that the difference found does not exceed 10% of the declared merchandise’s value (although sanctions may apply).

Read a December 2019 report [PDF 191 KB] prepared by the KPMG member firm in the Dominican Republic

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