Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
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
Tariff Rate Range (%)
|-other vegetable fiber|
|-other vegetable fiber|
0 - 14
0 - 8
|Non Woven Fabric|
0 - 20
3 - 20
|Home Furnishings |
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.
0 - 20
0 - 20
For more detailed tariff information, see the Current Situation of Schedules of Members on the World Trade Organization website.
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.
Return to Top
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.
For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
Dirección General de Aduanas - DGA
General Directorate of Customs
|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 more information on import procedures and documentation requirements, see the Country Commercial Guides (CCG) in the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library (enter your country of interest in the "country" field, and enter "Country Commercial Guide (CCG)" in the "Report Type" field. Some market research reports are available only to U.S. companies and U.S. students/researchers that are registered with Export.gov.
Return to Top
Import Restrictions (Dominican Republic)
|Law No. 458 (1/3/1973) prohibits the import of used clothing for reasons of public health. However, it has been reported that this restriction is frequently overlooked.
|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
Return to Top
Standards - Dominican Republic
|The Dominican Quality System - SIDOCAL is made up of conformity assessment bodies, ministries and other government authorities with standardization and metrology responsibilities. The Dominican Quality Institute - INDOCAL is the national authority responsible for preparing technical standards, metrology and conformity assessment procedures. The Dominican Information Centre for Technical Regulations and Conformity Assessment Procedures - CEDIRET has been set up as part of INDOCAL to act as an information centre and database.|
In the Dominican Republic, both mandatory standards (technical regulations) and optional standards (standards) are known as Normas Dominicanas – NORDOMs (Dominican Standards). DIGENOR compiles and publishes standards.
Local standards organization and other resources:
Dominican Quality Institute - INDOCAL
Return to Top
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. Direccion General de Normas y Sistemas de Calidad - DIGENOR 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.
Return to Top
Intellectual Property Rights - Dominican Republic
The contact point for intellectual property rights matters is the Secretaría de Estado de Industria y Comercio - SEIC (Ministry of Industry and Trade). The Oficina Nacional de Derecho de Autor – ONDA (National Copyright Office), of the Ministry of Culture, is responsible for keeping the National Copyright Register for all protected works pursuant to the Copyright Law. The Oficina Nacional de la Propiedad Industrial - ONAPI (National Industrial Property Office), within the SEIC, is responsible for granting and registering rights relating to patents, utility models and industrial designs. Protection of and distinctive signs (including trademarks and geographical indications) may be provided by registering them at the National Office for Intellectual Property Rights (OPNAPI – Oficina Nacional de Propiedad Intelectual) of the Secretariat of State for Industry and Commerce.
The CAFTA-DR provides for improved standards for the protection and enforcement of a broad range of IPR, including protections for patents, trademarks, undisclosed test and other data submitted to obtain marketing approval for pharmaceuticals and agricultural chemicals, and digital copyrighted products such as software, music, text, and videos; and further deterrence of piracy and counterfeiting. To implement its CAFTA-DR IPR obligations, the Dominican Republic undertook legislative reforms providing for stronger IPR protection and enforcement.
Return to Top
Market Information - Dominican Republic
In the past, Central American apparel production has benefitted from the CBI and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA). The majority of the Dominican Republic's textile and apparel market is inputs (yarns, fabrics) used in the production of apparel which is assembled in the region and the finished product is shipped to the U.S.
Government Procurement-- See Global Procurement Opportunities for U.S. exporters.
The Dirección General de Contrataciones Públicas – DGCP (Directorate-General of Government Procurement) in the Ministry of Finance is the governing body for government procurement with responsibility for ensuring compliance with the Law, recommending relevant policies, establishing the methodology for annual procurement plans and a catalogue of commonly used goods and services, inter alia.
For public bidding procedures, the notice must be published on the DGCP and the procuring entity’s websites, and in at least two national newspapers for a period of two days. For selective bidding, the invitation must be published on DGCP and the procuring entity’s websites.
The CAFTA-DR requires the use of fair and transparent procurement procedures, including advance notice of purchases and timely and effective bid review procedures, for procurement covered by the agreement. Under CAFTA-DR, U.S. suppliers are permitted to bid on procurements of most Dominican government entities, including key ministries and state-owned enterprises, on the same basis as Dominican suppliers. The anti-corruption provisions in the agreement require each government to ensure under its domestic law that bribery in trade-related matters, including in government procurement, is treated as a criminal offense or subject to comparable penalties.
Return to Top