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 […]

Trademark Registration in Dominican Republic

A trademark in the Dominican Republic is defined as any sign or combination of signs that may be graphically symbolized and are suitable to distinguish the products or services of a business from those of others. Although the registration of trademarks is not mandatory in the Dominican Republic, there are many benefits derived from registering […]

Dominican Rep .DO TLD 25 Years

The Dominican Republic will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the top level domain (TLD) .DO as part of a four day event called Internet Week on August 22 to 25 of 2016. The event is organized by the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Registry (LACNIC), ICANN, the Latin America and the Caribbean TLD Association (LACTLD), […]

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 Residence for Retirees and Rentists

By Maria Arthur (marthur@aclaw.com) Applying for a special residency by investing the Dominican Republic, or a special residency for pensioners or rentiers of foreign source income, constitutes a legal privilege that exempts its beneficiary from the procedure of previously applying for a temporary residence in the Dominican Republic. This implies a series of administrative facilities […]

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 […]