DR Register of Foreign Services Providers

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, pursuant to article 53 of […]

DR Customs Intellectual Property Protection

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 such dispatch of goods […]

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 […]

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 […]