Dominican Customs Regimes

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 paid over the imported goods […]

Dominican Company Incorporation

The main steps in establishing a Dominican Company (SRL) are the following: Make a search before the Dominican Trademark Office, draft and file the request registration to obtain a trade name for the Dominican Company. Draft by-laws, minutes of the incorporation meeting and related incorporation documents. These may be drafted as private documents or as […]

Corporate Law Overview

Business entities performing commercial activities in the Dominican Republic are governed by Dominican Law 479-08 of Commercial Entities and Individual Limited Liability Enterprises, enacted on December of 2008 as well as by inter party agreements, commercial practices and common law. The Law will consider that there is a commercial entity whenever two or more individuals […]

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 […]

DR Taxation and Tax Treaties

Income tax: The Dominican Government levies corporate income tax at the flat rate of 27% on profit after allowable tax deductions. The basis for determining taxable income is locally sourced income and foreign source income derived from investment and financial gains. There are very few differences between statutory profit and taxable profit, apart from the […]

Buying Dominican Real Estate

Persons wishing to buy, sell, convey or transfer Dominican real estate property should note that Dominican real estate operations are governed by Dominican Real Estate Property Registration Law No. 108-05 of 2005 and its regulations, the Civil Code and other special Dominican laws which may apply depending on the type of transaction. General Requirements of […]

DR Investment Tax Incentives

Exports Promotion: Law 84-99 of Promotion of Exports of the Dominican Republic provides for certain incentives, such as the reimbursement of taxes and customs duties paid by the exporters for raw materials, components, intermediate goods, labels, containers and packing material, if those are incorporated to export goods or returned abroad in the same condition that […]

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

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 taxpayer acknowledges the imported […]

DR Intellectual Property Law

The Dominican Republic trademarks, copyright and patent laws provide the principal protection for intellectual property matters. Dominican Republic is a member of the WTO agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) and has agreed to the minimum standards of protection and reciprocal treatment provided in this treaty, pursuant to the international norms in the […]