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Import/Export

United Kingdom to Dominican Republic

Country or Territory Regulations Topics:

Import Documentation

For charges made for Export Shipments from United Kingdom to the destination country or territory, please refer to Brokerage Services and Charges-Export Shipments with United Kingdom as the destination.

Driving Licenses

Valid Driving Licenses can be shipped as documents. The description must clearly state 'driving license'. Shipping driving licenses require the approval of the UK customs authorities. A delay of minimum one day has to be calculated.

Please check the import related information if driving licenses are allowed for importation.

Mobile phones to all destinations from United Kingdom can be delayed on export due to security checks from government bodies.

Goods under IATA Special Provisions A67 require a MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet).

It is not required for all, however shipments can be held by local authority in United Arab Emirates after screening due to lack of MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) or NON DG (Dangerous Goods) declaration letter from the shipper resulting to misconnections and impacting end-to-end service.

It would be advisable for all shipments originating, transiting and terminating for UAE to have MSDS or NON DG declaration from shipper enclosed in the shipment and copies to be uploaded in IDIS.

Export procedure ex United Kingdom

A formal electronic export declaration must be sent to customs authorities by the exporter or their representative. Customs authorities grant the release for export and issue an Export Accompanying Document (EAD) with a unique Movement Reference Number (MRN). UPS operated simplified procedures allowing export formalities to be completed upto 14 days after export.

Informal Declarations
An informal declaration is possible for shipments up to a national threshold. The informal declaration is based on the invoice value and is restricted to shipments not subject to prohibitions and restrictions (for example, embargo regulations) or special export procedures (for example, temporary export). The informal clearance will be done by UPS at the point of exit.

National Requirements
Shipments up to a value of 873.00 GBP can be declared informally on the basis of the invoice.

The EORI (European Union Registration and Identification) number needs to be included with the Invoice for any shipment with value exceeding 873.00 GBP. The EORI number can be obtained by the shipper using website link: www.gov.uk/EORI

UPS service
UPS offers the service to prepare export declarations on behalf of the exporter without additional fees.

Mandatory that all imports from any origin to Dominican Republic, customer must place the complete and correct name of the consignee. For commercial cases, mandatory that shipper place the trade name, correct address and telephone to the cnee very important Dominican Customs has implemented a new processing system, which requires that shipments to a commercial establishment have the RNC (Tax ID) and that this number be registered under the same NAME in the Dominican Internal Revenue registry, or else the shipments will not be cleared and the consignee will have to personally go to the authorities to correct the matter.

Shipments sent to a person must have the consignee's National ID (Cedula) number provided on the commercial invoice. Non compliance with this request will result in significant delays, due to the many bureaucratic steps that will be required to correct the situation within the Dominican Customs system.

Export Documentation

Valid passports can be shipped as documents. The description must clearly state 'passport'. Shipping passports require the approval of the UK customs authorities. A delay of minimum one day has to be calculated.

Please check the import related information if passports are allowed for importation.

Clearance Information

Goods being exported into the Dominican Republic, consigned to a business, require the entity's Dominican tax identification number (RNC) be on the commercial invoice for the acceptance by Dominican Customs of the payment of duties and taxes. Consignments to a business without this information will not be processed and will be held by Customs until that information is provided by the consignee.

Non-document shipments to the Dominican Republic must include 1 original and 2 copies of a commercial invoice. Failure to include an original invoice will result in Customs delays and penalty fees. Include the consignee's name and telephone number to ensure timely delivery

Delivery is made the next day of arrival if the shipment is released by Customs. UPS does the clearance if the shipment is held by Customs.
UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number should be provided if known.

Areas Served

Service is provided to and from every address in the country or territory.
UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number should be provided if known.

Saturday, Sunday, and official holidays.
Spring -0400/ Fall -0400
Spanish
Dominican Peso(DOP)

Billing Options

  • Shipping charges can be billed to the shipper, receiver or a third party.
  • When billing the receiver, either the shipper or receiver's account number is required.
  • When billing to a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
  • Duties and taxes can be billed to the shipper, receiver or a third party.
  • When billing a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
  • If the duties and taxes are billed to an account outside of the destination country or territory, a "Duty and Tax Forwarding" surcharge will be applied.
  • Please note the following third party billing exceptions:
    • Shipments to and from the same country or territory (domestic shipments) cannot be billed to third party payors in other countries or territories. For example, shipments from Mexico to Mexico or Canada to Canada cannot be billed to a third party payor in the U.S. This rule does not apply to UPS domestic services in European Union countries or territories. For example, shipments from Germany to Germany can be billed to a third party payor in the U.S. (as long as the payor is a business and has a VAT or Tax/EIN ID on file with UPS).
  • When paying by credit card, check, or cash, only the shipper can be billed the shipping charges

Commodity Specific Stipulations

There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Dominican Republic. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.

Bank Cards which are requested to be sent out of the United Kingdom should be declared for referral to HMRC and await their approval to send.
All blank checks must be declared as merchandise and the description should say blank checks,when they are submitted as if they were goods and Dominican Republic Customs dispatched.

All signed checks less than US $10,000 can usually come as documents and dispatched.

Checks above US$ 10,000 should come in declared and in the AWB description fill out the amount, the sender and whom it is addressed to. These checks are subject to retention by customs if they choose to detain.

Please note that Customs inspect them and could be seized.

Import Permit is required from the Health Ministry
An invoice is required on all shipments containing a CD-Rom/Disk. Invoice should indicate the value of the Recording Media (eg. CDR/DVD) & the Intellectual/statistical value of the software/data separately
An import permit is required from the Agriculture Vegetables Ministry
An import permit is required from the Health Ministry
An import permit is required from the Internal Revenue Ministry
Medications sent for personal use requires the consignee to obtain a permit from the Dominican Republic Health Department (Salud Publica) so that customs will authorize the clearance.

If the product is for commercial purposes (samples, etc.) then the consignee must have it registered with the Dominican Republic Health Department and once registered, the commercial invoice must be stamped by the Dominican Republic Health Department so that Customs will authorize the release.

An import permit is required from the Armed Forces Ministry
Passports which are requested to be sent out of the United Kingdom should be declared for referral to HMRC and await their approval to send.
Import Permit is required from the Health Ministry

Gift Exemptions

0.00 US Dollar USD
company-to-company
per shipment

There are no gift exemptions for this destination country or territory. All goods going into Dominican Republic are subject to the normal duty and tax rates. Customer must declare the real value of merchandise

0.00 US Dollar USD
company-to-individual
per shipment

There are no gift exemptions for this destination country or territory. All goods going into Dominican Republic are subject to the normal duty and tax rates. Customer must declare the real value of merchandise

0.00 US Dollar USD
individual-to-company
per shipment

There are no gift exemptions for this destination country or territory. All goods going into Dominican Republic are subject to the normal duty and tax rates. Customer must declare the real value of merchandise

0.00 US Dollar USD
individual-to-individual
per shipment

There are no gift exemptions for this destination country or territory. All goods going into Dominican Republic are subject to the normal duty and tax rates. Customer must declare the real value of merchandise

Invoice Requirements

Non-document shipments to the Dominican Republic must include 1 original and 2 copies of a commercial invoice.

Dominican Customs has advised all carriers that "Proforma" type of invoices such as those generated by Worldship have never been acceptable and are still not acceptable for import purposes and shipments not complying with the requirement of a detailed original commercial invoice will be held until a proper commercial invoice is presented for clearance and that if the shipment is not cleared in accordance to the required time it will incur into delay and thus into "Mora" penalties. Shipments to a person must have the consignees' National ID (Cedula) number provided on the commercial invoice.

Penalties, due to delay, will be passed onto the consignee or shipper depending on the circumstances. Non compliance with this request will result in significant delays, due to the many bureaucratic steps that will be required to correct the situation within the Dominican Customs system.

Items Classified as Documents

The destination country or territory considers the following items document shipments. If criteria are listed, the shipment must meet those criteria to be considered a document shipment.

Validated airline tickets are classified as documents. Blank airline tickets are classified as non-documents and require an invoice.
Diskettes including data are classified as documents. New diskettes are classified as non-documents and require an invoice.
Promotional and training films are classified as documents. Commercial films are classified as non-documents and require an invoice.
In order to ship intercompany data on diskette or CD ROM, the following guidelines must be followed:
  • The content must not be sold commercially or have commercial value
  • The data cannot be software
  • Specifically write "intercompany data on diskette/CD ROM" in the description of the goods field of the waybill
  • Mark an "X" in the documents only box on the waybill
Intercompany publications are classified as documents. Other types of publications are classified as non-documents and require an invoice.

UPS can recommend which forms you need based on a few simple criteria. Forms can be completed online or printed. See which forms you need.

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the prohibited commodities listed here, it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Dominican Republic.

Antique shipments are restricted from Europe, the Middle East and Africa and can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract. Antiques are defined as a work of art, piece of furniture, decorative object, or silverware that is 100 years old or older.
Artwork shipments are restricted from Europe, the Middle East and Africa and can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

Paintings or other works of art can be accepted if the artist is still alive, the artwork is replaceable and an art dealer or gallery has appraised the artwork within the last year. If the declared value of the artwork is greater than $100.00 and there is a claim, the shipper must provide a copy of the original invoice, a bill of sale, or other proof certifying in writing the actual cost or replacement cost of the item.

Artwork includes the following: Original engravings, prints, lithographs, original sculptures, statuary.

The term "Artwork" does not apply to: architectural, engineering, industrial, topographical, commercial drawings, hand-painted or hand-decorated manufactured articles.

As of July 30, 2010, the importation of used electro domestic goods is prohibited, per decree under article 2, of Customs law 04-07, which includes but not limited to, microwave ovens, toasters, TV sets, radios, stereo equipment, food processors, washers and dryers, refrigerators, etc.

Any used electro domestic arriving on or after July 30, 2010, will be returned to the shipper at the expense of the shipper or be seized by Customs. No exceptions will be allowed.

Electronic Cigarettes can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

The Invoice must specify the country or territory of origin

Mobile phones to all destination countries from United Kingdom can be delayed on export due to security checks from government bodies.
Personal Effects cannot be shipped between these countries or territories
Unused traveler's checks are prohibited.

Saturday Delivery

Saturday Delivery Available: No

Service Options

Always check Calculate Time and Cost for details of service availability and guarantee information within a country or territory. All Service Levels may not be available to or from every address within a country or territory.

  • UPS Express NA1
  • UPS Worldwide Express Saver
  • UPS Worldwide Standard
  • UPS WorldWide Express Freight
  • WorldWide Economy DDU

Special Clearance Requirements

Goods being exported into the Dominican Republic, that are to a BUSINESS, require that the entity's Dominican tax identification number (RNC) be on the commercial invoice for the acceptance by Dominican Customs of the payment of duties and taxes. Consignments to a business without this information will not be processed and will be held by Customs until that information is provided by the consignee

Outward Processing Relief (goods exported from the UK for the purpose of repair)

The outward processing relief starts with the export from the UK and will be discharged with the re-importation of the repaired goods. Both steps need to be identified by UPS export or import operation. Repair Goods: Goods requiring Export from the UK for repair Invoice requirements:

  • Statement stating "Goods being sent for repair under Outward Processing Relief" should be clearly marked on the commercial invoice
  • Provide serial number of goods being sent for repair. If the goods are not serialized a statement to this effect must be made on the commercial invoice
  • Exporters authorized to export under OPR must include their authority number on all paperwork
  • Provide correct commercial value of goods as originally paid for not a nominal value for the goods.

Failure to provide any of the above information will result in shipments being delayed.

Repaired goods: Goods being re-exported returned after repair in the UK Invoice requirements:

  • Invoice should clearly state "Goods have been repaired under IPR"
  • Provide either IP authorization number or Import entry details
  • Provide full commercial value of goods plus cost of repair

Failure to provide any of the above information will result in shipments being delayed.

New requirements have been implemented for both small package and WWEF shipments and are based on the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 15, which is entitled "Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material in International Trade". ISPM 15 was adopted internationally in 2002, and is gradually being introduced by countries or territories worldwide. Wood or wood products covered by ISPM 15 include items such as packing cases, boxes, crates, drums or similar packing, pallets, box pallets and other load boards, pallet collars and skids, but exclude such processed woods as orientated strand board, particle board, plywood or veneer, created using glue, heat and pressure or a combinations thereof, and, raw wood which is 6mm or less thick. It is recommended that if a question arises on this issue, please check with the authority that issues the Phytosanitary certificates

Value Limits


Private Shipments

  • 50.00 US Dollar (USD)
    • In most cases, when the value of the shipment is equal to or less than the Deminimis Value, the shipment may enter the country or territory duty and tax free.
    Commercial Shipments

  • 50.00 US Dollar (USD)
    • In most cases, when the value of the shipment is equal to or less than the Deminimis Value, the shipment may enter the country or territory duty and tax free.

    Weight and Size Limits

    70 kg (150 lbs.) per package
    274.00 cm (107.9 in.)  per package
    419 cm (165 in. ) per package
    Length and girth combined


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    NOTE: Information provided by UPS is provided AS IS, may not be current, and does not constitute legal advice. In no event shall UPS be liable for any errors in the information, forms or features made available by UPS, or by any third party site linked to from UPS. Selection and completion of proper forms for any given shipment is the sole responsibility of the shipper. All shipments are subject to the UPS Terms and Conditions of Service in effect at the time of shipping for the country or territory of origin.
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