Import Car from USA to Dominican Republic

Importing a Car from the USA to Dominican Republic

Importing a Car from the USA to the Dominican Republic? Car imports from the USA to the Dominican Republic start at a cost of $1,100 USD with an estimated turnaround time of 20 days, depending on make and model of the vehicle, the nearest departure port in the United States, and your final destination in the Dominican Republic. Below, our 2020 guide will explore everything you need to know about importing cars from the USA to the Dominican Republic.

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Read on below for our US to Dominican Republic Vehicle Import Checklist, Vehicle Import Options, US to Dominican Republic Car Import Costs & Time Frame, US to Dominican Republic Vehicle Import Options, Ports Served in the US & Dominican Republic, and other details on how to Import Car from USA to Dominican Republic.


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US to Dominican Republic Vehicle Import Checklist

Here’s a rough breakdown of the process you’ll need to go through to import your vehicle to Dominican Republic.
  • Gather all necessary vehicle documentation, including:

    New Vehicles: Commercial Invoice

    Used Vehicles: Title

    • Boarding Documentation (BL)

    • Customs Declaration (DUA or Declaracion Única Aduanera or DUA)

    • Vehicles imported from the United States of America (USA) will need the title of the vehicle in order to apply for tariff preferences of the DR. CAFTA

  • Understand the costs of importing a vehicle, including:

    • Freight and insurance charges when importing your vehicle

    • Wharf, transport, storage and delivery charges after your vehicle arrives

    • Duties, taxes and fees

    • Other charges, such as customs agent charges

  • Select an international car import company and preferred transport method to transport your vehicle from the United States to Dominican Republic
  • Determine your vehicle’s departure and destination ports
  • Confirm the vehicle’s undercarriage is clean and free of foreign soil

More information on the process of importing a vehicle to Dominican Republic can be found here.

Vehicle Import Options

As you engage in the vehicle import process, some of the most important questions to consider include:

  • Whether you plan to permanently keep the car in Dominican Republic or if it’s just a temporary move,

  • If you’re trying to file for tax exemptions for a move, whether you have been the owner of the car for at least a year. For these cases, vehicles can’t be older than five (5) years.

  • Whether you’re importing a new or used vehicle. (Law 04-07 prohibits the importation of used vehicles with more than 5 years of manufacture, in order to protect the environment and biodiversity.)

These questions and more will determine whether your car is eligible for import to Dominican Republic. Your actual tax rate is based on these details.

You should never assume your scenario is the same as someone else’s. Some vehicles such as used cars may have eligibility requirements that differ from those for newer vehicles for import into Dominican Republic. To obtain an estimate of the cost to ship a car to Dominican Republic, fill out our free quick quote form.

Vehicle Import Approval

Upon arrival of your vehicle import to Dominican Republic, the vehicle must be declared in Customs, where the Customs Agent makes a ´DECLARACION UNICA ADUANERA´ (DUA), which is the actual presentation to customs.

You’ll need the following documentation:

  • Copy of the single customs declaration (DUA).
  • ORIGINAL bill of lading (BL or bill of lading).
  • ORIGINAL title to the country of origin of the vehicle.
  • CO2 manufacturer certification or document containing such information (if the model is not in the table of CO2 values and the manufacturer’s documentation is not provided as required by the 06-12 rule, the highest rate will be applied in a 1%).

Things to Consider

  • When importing a vehicle into Dominican Republic from the US, once customs taxes are paid, nationalizing it is necessary by issuing the first plate and registration in accordance with established national laws.

US to Dominican Republic Car Import Costs & Time Frame

Using a baseline of a compact car being imported to the Dominican Republic from the Port of Miami to the Port of Rio Haina, our estimate for importing a vehicle from USA to Dominican Republic starts at a cost of $1,100.00 USD with an estimated turnaround time of 20 days.

However, the cost to import a vehicle to Dominican Republic can vary according to factors such as the model and make of your vehicle, your current location, the nearest departure port in the USA, your transport method of choice, availability of your chosen services and your final destination.

Additionally, you’ll need to consider costs such as storage, cleaning, other vendor fees, and Dominican Republic taxes & duties.

Taxes & Duties for Dominican Republic Car Imports

Prior to importing a vehicle from US to Dominican Republic, verify your vehicle’s specifications and compliance with Dominican Republic requirements.

If you are importing a vehicle to Dominican Republic from the USA, your car will be subject to local customs duties including:

  • 20% on the CIF value – (cost, insurance and freight). For vehicles fabricated in the USA this tax is 0%. Also, every vehicle which VIN# starts with 1 are made in USA. Vehicles with VIN# starting in 4 & 5 made in the USA will also be 0% However, not all brands apply for 0%. This will depend on origin of materials the parts used to manufacture the vehicle.
  • Tax “ITBIS” – 18% from Vehicle CIF value. (For all Makes and models)
  • Emissions Tax – (varies on the percentage of CO2 emissions). Determined and paid once registered. This is not a customs tax.
    1. Less than 120g CO2 / km = 0%
    2. More than 120 and up to 220g CO2 / km = 1%
    3. Over 220 to 380g CO2 / km = 2%
    4. Over 380g CO2 / km = 3%.

The amount of taxes and import duties payable when importing a car to Dominican Republic from the US will vary and depends on the details of your shipment. The DGA (Dirección General de Aduanas) provides online services that allow you to consult and calculate the approximate of your imports. They have a digital calculator available here, please note that this is an estimate only as the DGA is not required to consider the result of this tax calculator.

To obtain an estimate of the cost to ship a car to Dominican Republic, fill out our free quick quote form.

US to Dominican Republic Vehicle Import Options

Car import to the Dominican Republic from the United States can be made using Roll-On/Roll-Off, shared container, or sole container service.


Roll-On/Roll-Off – Your vehicle will be driven onto an expansive load area on the delivery vessel, similar to a parking structure, and secured for shipping. This is our most economical import alternative, since the only added charges are customs clearance and port expenses.


Shared Container Service – Our recommended option! Your vehicle is securely loaded into a 40ft enclosed container, along with other vehicles that will share the additional charges for container transportation. (Additional charges include terminal handling, trucking and unloading fees, as well as customs clearance expenses)

All vehicles are loaded and stacked using our industry-leading R-RAK steel loading system into a shipping container. Although you’ll enjoy the added security of a fully enclosed container with no exposure to the elements, the container must reach capacity before shipping out so you might experience a longer wait time before your vehicle is imported to the Dominican Republic from the US.


Full Container Load – Just like our shared container service, you’ll have the added advantage of a fully enclosed shipping container that will contain solely your vehicle. Since there’s no wait for the container to reach capacity, you’ll enjoy a shorter wait before the vehicle ships out. However, added terminal handling expenses won’t be shared with other vehicle owners.

Upon receiving your vehicle, we’ll photograph and record the vehicle’s condition and loading process into our guaranteed condition report. All vehicles are loaded utilizing our cutting-edge steel loading framework that doesn’t rely on outdated wooded ramps and nails, which can damage your vehicle.

Once your vehicle is loaded into its own shipping container, it is locked and secured for transport so that it can’t be accessed before reaching its final destination in the Dominican Republic. Since the car will be fully enclosed in a secure container, we invite our customers to transport additional items inside the vehicle. However, please make sure everything is packed securely, as we won’t be responsible for any damages. The custody of both vehicle and personal effect in its interior are to be accounted for, ANY article within the vehicle MUST BE DECLARED in the BL therefor leaving a breakdown of transported goods. These goods are also subject to further tax fees.

After arrival in the Dominican Republic, our shipping agents will access the container, record the vehicle’s condition and photograph the unloading process. In comparison to our Roll-On/Roll-Off Service, enclosed container transport to the Dominican Republic from the US is safer, as well as quicker thanks to regular departures every week.

Additional Services


Sourcing Vehicles – More than twenty years’ experience shipping vehicles has enabled us to build up a broad system of vehicle purchasers. In return for a nominal charge, we can help customers abroad who wish to buy vehicles.


Other Services – Some of the auto transport services we offer in overseas territories include domestic pickup, vehicle import assistance, tracking of your shipment, customs clearance in the USA and a full vehicle inspection report.

Ports Served in the US and Dominican Republic

Departure Ports – United States

The location your vehicle will depart from depends on the method of car import to Dominican Republic, where your vehicle is located, your budget and which services the nearest port offers. We have multiple departure locations in the USA, including Los Angeles, New York, Houston, Miami, Savannah and more.


Destination Ports – Dominican Republic

CFR Rinkens can arrange for vehicle import services to just about any worldwide destination. We import vehicles to the following Dominican Republic ports:

  • Caucedo
  • Rio Haina

Cleaning Your Vehicle’s Undercarriage

Before importing your vehicle to Dominican Republic, the undercarriage must be cleaned and free of foreign soil to prevent the introduction of invasive plants, animals, fungi and microorganisms.

This can be accomplished through steam cleaning or other thorough cleaning methods.

CFR Rinkens can assist with finding an appropriate cleaner to help ensure you comply with this requirement. We do not recommend washing the interior of the vehicle as it can cause mold during transport. Vacuuming the interior is usually more than sufficient.

Plating Your Vehicle in Dominican Republic

To register a vehicle introduced into the Dominican Republic and for the issuance of the first license plate and the certificate of ownership (registration) by the Directorate General of Internal Taxes (DGII), the importers of the vehicle must submit:

  • Signed, stamped and sealed request letter indicating the representative’s information to remove the plate (applies in the case of Legal Entities).
  • Copy of title of ownership of the country of origin of vehicle or commercial invoice.
  • Copy of the Identity Card, on both sides, of the person requesting the plaque.
  • Power notarized & legalized, in case of being a representative who performs the process.
  • Copy of the Identity Card, of both sides, of the authorized representative.
  • Copy of Tax payment & Invoice of Customs Taxes.
  • Copy of the payment receipt of the General Customs Directorate (DGA).
  • Copy of the Unique Customs Declaration (DUA).
  • Copy of the Bill of Landing (BL or bill of lading).

State institution vehicles, Nonprofit entities, Embassy vehicles, and officials (diplomats, congressmen, churches) are exempt from tax for the issuance of the first plate and registration. More information on the process for plating your vehicle in the Dominican Republic can be found here. (Spanish)