DR Customs Appeals and Recourses

Under Dominican Customs Law 3489, of February 14 of 1953 and its amendments the Dominican Customs Administration is responsible for preventing illegal tax acts and to apply administrative sanctions, collect tax debt, whether voluntarily or by exercising its powers of tax fiscal enforcement, being able in that aspect, to re- liquidate and collect duties and […]

DR Free Zones Export Promotion

The system for the promotion of Dominican free zones establishes at least three categories of export free zones which offer opportunities for investors and exporters at the different levels of industrial processing, taking into account their location, number, qualification of job posts and the origin of the raw materials and of the products to be […]

DR and United States sign customs agreement

Now it will be easier for travelers to use the Punta Cana’s International Airport bound for the United States. On December second (2nd) of 2016 The Dominican and US customs authorities signed an air pre-authorization agreement for travelers using Punta Cana’s international airport to the United States, whereby they will be exempt from registering at […]

Imported Products Registration

The import and distribution of packaged foods and beverages in the Dominican Republic requires  a Health Permit Registration prior to their supply to the general public The Ministry of Health in the Dominican Republic is the entity that controls the sanitary process of foods, alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages, beer, medicines, cosmetic products, personal hygiene […]

DR Register of Foreign Services Providers

By Arthur & Castillo (info@aclaw.com) Foreign professional service providers are required to register and present their technical or professional credentials as a guarantee, to be able to operate temporarily in the Dominican Republic. The creation of such register was decided by the Dominican Consumer Protection Institute (“Pro Consumidor”) Resolution 03-2011 of July 21st of 2011, […]

DR Customs Intellectual Property Protection

By Maria Arthur (marthur@aclaw.com) Dominican Intellectual Property Law 20-00, and Law 426-06 for the implementation of the DR-CAFTA, establishes that if the owner of intellectual property rights suspects that an import of goods in violation of its rights is being prepared, it may request a court as a preventive measure to order customs to suspend […]

Dominican Customs Regimes

By Felipe Isa Castillo (fcastillo@aclaw.com) The Dominican Republic Customs Law allows for different customs regimes which may be applied to according to the desired commercial, export and trade operation, including most that we summarize as follows: Regime of Import for Consumption Article 53 of Law No. 3489, provides that the duties and taxes to be […]

Dominican Customs Law

Dominican Customs Law 3489, of February 14 of 1953 and its amendments, contains the customs regime of the Dominican Republic (DR). The last amendment to Law No. 3489 was made by the Law No. 226-06, which grants legal personality and functional, budget, administrative, technical autonomy and its own patrimony to the Dominican General Customs Administration […]

Import Agents and Distributors

A foreign supplier of goods and services may choose to enter the Dominican market by selling his/her products through Dominican agents and distributors or representatives. The different channels of selling are subject to different legal frameworks. Contracts involving Dominican agents and distributors are generally governed by the Civil Code of the Dominican Republic, whose freedom […]

Dominican Customs Tax

By Maria Arthur (marthur@aclaw.com) The General Customs Administration has established the system for self- determination of the customs tax obligation. Through this system, the taxpayer of the customs tax obligation (importer, consignee, customs agent or broker) has the power to set, by itself, the quantity of the customs tax obligation. The above means that the […]