Market Reports/Tariffs
Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods

Dominican Republic

Import Tariffs
Documentation/Procedures
Restrictions
Standards
Labeling
Market Information

Last updated on 06/05/2015

If you have any questions about the following information, please contact Richard Stetson at the U.S. Department of Commerce- Office of Textiles and Apparel at 202-482-3400 or click here for e-mail access.

**The following information is provided only as a guide and should be confirmed with the proper authorities before embarking on any export activities.**


Import Tariffs - Dominican Republic
The United States, Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and the Dominican Republic have signed the U.S - Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), which allows for increased opportunities for U.S. textile and apparel trade and business in the CAFTA-DR region. For example, U.S. qualifying products will enter the region duty free, immediately upon entry into force of the Agreement. With a more liberal rule of origin than the CBTPA, CAFTA-DR will promote growth of the region’s apparel companies and increase market opportunities for U.S. exporters of yarns and fabrics. In addition to the successful apparel assembly trade, the CAFTA-DR will provide new export opportunities for U.S. technical textiles are used in infrastructure projects, agriculture, construction, and uniforms. For more information on benefits provided under the this agreement, see the CAFTA-DR in the FTA section.

U.S. exports that do not qualify under the CAFTA-DR will be subject to non-preferential treatment as outlined below.

Tariffs for imported goods are calculated on the ad-valorem c.i.f. (cost, insurance and freight) value.

Dominican Republic: Tariffs (percent ad valorem) on Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
Yarn
-silk
5003-5006
0
-wool
5105-5110
0
-cotton
5204-5207
0
-other vegetable fiber
5306-5308
0
-man-made fiber
5401-5406/5501-5511
0
........................
Woven Fabric
-silk
5007
0
-wool
5111-5113
0
-cotton
5208-5212
0
-other vegetable fiber
5309-5311
0
-man-made fiber
5407-5408/5512-5516
0 - 14
........................
Knit Fabric
60
0 - 8
........................
Non Woven Fabric
5603
0
........................
Industrial Fabric
59
0 - 20
........................
Apparel
61-62
3 - 20
........................
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.
63
0 - 20
........................
Carpet

Footwear

Travel Goods
57

64

4202
20

0 - 20

20

For more detailed tariff information, see the Current Situation of Schedules of Members on the World Trade Organization website.

To obtain information about tariffs on individual U.S.-origin products exported to FTA member countries, you may use the FTA Tariff Tool.

Additional Import Taxes and Fees--Both domestic and imported goods are subject to the Impuesto sobre la Transferencia de Bienes Industrializados y Servicios – ITBIS (Tax on the Transfer of Industrialized Goods and Services) and the Impuesto Selectivo al Consumo – ISC (Selective Consumption Tax).

The ITBIS, a value added tax (VAT), is 18 percent, which is applied to the c.i.f. value of imports plus the customs duty and other levies payable on imports. In addition, a 2-percent tax applies to gross sales to industrial and commercial establishments. Goods exempt from the ITBIS are those covered by the temporary admission regime and imports of raw materials, inputs, machinery and equipment by companies in the export free zones export.

The ISC is a luxury tax that is applied to some “nonessential” goods and ranges between 15 and 130 percent. The taxable base for the ISC on imported products is the c.i.f. value of the goods, plus customs duty and any other tax applicable to imports, except the ITBIS. Carpets are among the products on which the ISC is levied.

Samples/Temporary Entry--Temporary entry is permitted for exhibition or demonstration purposes, as well as for other temporary work purposes. Customs does not assess duties on temporary goods. A bond or other suitable security for all or a portion of the value of the goods must be posted at the time of temporary entry. The security will be refunded upon meeting all the terms of temporary entry and proof of shipment out of the country. If the company wishes to sell the products or machinery after making temporary entry, valuation and all relevant duties are determined in accordance with previously noted customs procedures. Temporary entry admittance is granted for a period of ninety days. If more time is needed, a renewal is required at the end of the ninety days.

If your product is primarily made in the U.S. of U.S. originating components it may qualify for duty-free entry into countries with which the U.S. has a free trade agreement (FTA). The U.S. currently has FTAs with the following countries: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Peru, Singapore and South Korea. See the FTA Tariff Tool, to determine the duty-free status or reduced duties that apply to products eligible under these free trade agreements.

Additional resources for tariff information:

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Import Documentation/Procedures (Dominican Republic)


CAFTA-DR--For U.S. exports to the Dominican Republic to receive the preferential tariff treatment provided by CAFTA-DR, the Dominican importer should present to the Dominican Customs Authorities (Dirección General de Aduanas-DGA) certification in support of the claim of preference. The Dominican importer should work with the U.S. exporter to ensure that a U.S. good meets the relevant rule of origin prior to making a claim.

It is important to note that the ultimate responsibility for claiming preferential treatment lies with the Dominican importer; however, the U.S. supplier should be ready to provide to the Dominican importer assistance and cooperation in producing accurate and well documented claims for preferential treatment. The exporter, importer, or producer of the goods may produce the certification where the goods originate. A sample CAFTA-DR certification of origin and an unofficial English translation of the instructions for filling out the CAFTA-DR certificate of origin is available on the Export.Gov website.

Cert_Origin_Sample.pdf

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
Ministerio de Hacienda (Finance Ministry)

For information on common export documents, such as transportation documents, export compliance documents, certificates of origin, certificates for shipments of specific goods, temporary shipment documents, and other export-related documents, see the Export.gov webpage on Common Export Documents.

For country-specific information on import procedures and documentation requirements, see the
Country Commercial Guides (CCG) on the export.gov website.

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Import Restrictions (Dominican Republic)
No information is currently available on any bans, quotas, or other restrictions.
U.S. Export Restrictions:

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in the U.S. Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, and international narcotics traffickers and their agents in accordance with U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. The OFAC website includes summaries of sanctions programs for various countries and the “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons” (SDNs) list of entities and individuals with whom U.S. persons may not conduct business and whose property must be blocked if under the control of a U.S. person.

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the U.S. Department of Commerce is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which regulate the export and re-export of most commercial items. BIS maintains the Denied Persons List, which consists of individuals, and companies that have been denied export and re-export privileges by BIS, and the Entity List, which consists of foreign end users who pose an unacceptable risk of diverting U.S. exports and the technology they contain to alternate destinations for the development of weapons of mass destruction
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Standards - Dominican Republic
No specific information is available.

Local standards organization and other resources:


The National Center for Standards and Certification Information (NCSCI) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce provides information on U.S. and foreign standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures for non-agricultural products. NCSCI staff responds to requests for information by identifying relevant standards and regulations, and by referral to the appropriate standards-developers or private-sector organizations. Under copyright restrictions, NCSCI cannot provide copies of standards, but NCSCI does provide sources for accessing standards.


Notify U.S. - Member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to report to the WTO all proposed technical regulations that could affect trade with other Member countries. Notify U.S. is a free, web-based e-mail subscription service that offers U.S. companies an opportunity to review and comment on proposed foreign technical regulations that may affect their access to international markets.

Additional resources:

Examples of voluntary formaldehyde labeling programs

American Apparel and Footwear Association's Restricted Substances List

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

ASTM International

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)


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Labeling - Dominican Republic

Although there is legislation requiring that labels be in Spanish and state volume, product composition, contents, expiration date and industrial and health registration, U.S. labeling requirements and standards are generally accepted in practice. The Instituto Dominicano para la Calidad (Dominican Quality Institute - INDOCAL) officials have stated that products meeting U.S. standards in labeling and marking should have little difficulty in complying with relevant Dominican regulations. DIGENOR is the government office in charge of enforcement of regulations on marking, labeling as well as quality controls.


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Market Information - Dominican Republic


No specific information is available.




U.S. companies may contact the U.S. Commercial Service for information and personalized counseling at every step of the exporting process. Find a U.S. Export Assistance Centers near you.

For information on protecting trademarks, designs, patents and copyrights, see the STOPFAKES.GOV website. STOPFAKES.GOV is dedicated to helping U.S. companies protect their innovations and safely market their products at home and overseas. Find guidance and resources on how to register your company's intellectual property and protect it from counterfeiting and piracy. Also find IPR toolkits for select countries, as well as other country-specific information.

For information on selling to foreign governments, see the Global Procurement Opportunities website.

Other sources for market information and data:

OTEXA Export Market Report (U.S. export data for textiles, apparel, footwear and travel goods)

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service

U.S. Department of State - U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions

U.S. Office of the Trade Representative

Local Industry and Trade Associations

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