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Dominican Republic

Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Passport
  • Original bill of lading (OBL) / air waybill (AWB)
  • Detailed inventory in English or Spanish
  • Marriage / divorce certificate, if applicable
  • Resident visa (if the owner of the goods is requesting a tax exemption)
  • Proof of residence abroad for at least 2 years (returning citizens)
  • Commercial invoice (if new furniture and household goods are included in the shipment)
  • Diplomatic franchise (diplomats)

Specific Information

  • New and used appliances are subject to taxes and duties.
  • The owner of the goods’ presence is only required at Customs clearance upon the owner of the goods’ request or if the owner of the goods has a Dominican residence and is requesting an exemption from taxes and duties on used electrical appliances and furniture.
  • All shipments are subject to demurrage charges
    • Contact the destination agent for additional information and rates.
  • Customs clearance takes approximately 5 days.
  • Diplomats may import household goods and personal effects shipments duty free by request from the embassy or consulate at origin through the Dominican Foreign Relations Office.
  • Returning citizens having lived abroad for at least 2 years with no more than 180 days stay in the Dominican Republic during that time may qualify for a tax exemption.
  • Wood packaging materials must comply with ISPM-15 regulations.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original title / registration
  • Original bill of lading
  • Purchase invoice

Specific Information

  • Diplomats may import motor vehicles duty free.
  • Returning residents living abroad for more than 2 years with less than 180 days in the Dominican Republic stay during that time may apply for a partial exemption.
  • Vehicles must be less than 5 years old from the date of manufacture.
  • Non-motorized bicycles may be imported free of duties if part of the household effects shipment.
  • Motorized boats must pay approximately 20% of the purchased price.
  • Motorcycles are subject to duties.


Documents Required

  • Rabies vaccination record
  • Veterinary health certificate

Specific Information

  • Birds will be quarantined for a minimum of 10 days.
  • Pets may be imported duty free.
  • The veterinary health certificate must be issued at origin within 15 days prior to import and indicate that the animal(s) has been free of disease for the 3 months preceding arrival.
  • Authorization from the Department of Agriculture and the National Zoo is required for importation.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Live plants (phytosanitary certificate from origin prior to arrival and a permit from the Dominican Agriculture after arrival are required; plants should not be sent as part of the household goods shipment or risk confiscation/destruction upon arrival)
  • Alcohol and wine (only small quantities for personal consumption are permitted)
  • Food items (only small quantities for personal consumption are permitted)
  • Medicines, narcotics, and drugs (a doctor’s prescription is required and are duty free; otherwise, the owner of the goods may face criminal prosecution and penalties or deportation)
  • Household goods and new furniture (commercial invoice is required and the items are subject to payment of duties)
  • New electrical appliances (subject to duties)
  • Firearms (military permit for personal firearms must be obtained in-person after the arrival of the owner of the goods but prior to shipment arrival; the owner of the goods may face criminal prosecution and penalties if unauthorized items are found in the shipment) 
  • Appliances, spare parts, and machines (are subject to duties)

Prohibited Items

  • Dangerous objects / weapons
  • Explosives
  • Pornographic and subversive materials
  • Illegal drugs

Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

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Movguru note: These policies can change as per customs regulations at any time without notice. Treat this document as informative guide. Movguru has published this document as guide only for information purpose on its sole discretion and holds no depiction of expressing or inferred to the precision or applicability of its content.
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