DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS

The documents below should be in Spanish, except for the Bill of lading, which may be presented in English or Spanish.

  • Bill of lading

  • Consular invoice (The D.R. requires all shipments to have a consular invoice, obtained from a Dominican overseas Consulate or Embassy approving the transaction)

  • Commercial Invoice

  • Insurance certificate

  • Certificate from the Central Bank (this qualifies as an import permit for the importer)

IMPORT PROCEDURES

Customs clearance takes approximately seven days, with proper documentation.

There are two methods that many importers utilize in order to clear their products from Customs:

  • Advance Declaration (Declaración Anticipada): importers may submit their customs documentation 25 days prior to the arrival of their shipments; this is useful in expediting clearance.

  • Express Dispatch (Despacho Expreso): this method involves advance declaration of shipments and verification of the shipment by customs officials at the importer’s warehouse.

IMPORT LICENSES

Import licenses are not required for most products, except pharmaceutical products (drugs, cosmetics and skin care products) and agro-chemicals. For pharmaceutical products a license must be obtained at the Secretariat of State for Public Health for each trademark/product imported by the company. The license is valid for a period of five years. Agro-chemicals and fertilizers require an import license from the Secretariat of State for Agriculture.

AGRICULTURE

"No objection" and other type of permits are often required to import agricultural commodities into the Dominican Republic. Phytosanitary certificates issued by recognized authorities in the country of origin must accompany live plants and agricultural material used in planting. Imports of animals normally require certificates of origin and other veterinarian documentation to assure disease-free-status. Testing is done at the port of entry to reconfirm pest free status. Tariff rate quotas were proposed for eight agricultural goods (rice, sugar, chicken parts, pork, corn, onions, milk powder and garlic). Imports of food and agricultural products are normally facilitated through local distributors.

PHYTOSANITARY CERTIFICATES

Phytosanitary certificates issued by recognized authorities in the country of origin must accompany live plants and agricultural material used in planting. Phytosanitary certificates for exporting are issued by the Secretaria de Estado de Salud Publica y Assist. Soc.

VETERINARIAN DOCUMENTATION

Animal and Animal products in most cases require veterinary certificates and other sanitary documents providing proof of pest free status. These commodities are also highly subject to delays in clearance processing due to possible testing at ports of entry.