DR Customs Appeals and Recourses

By Felipe Isa Castillo (fcastillo@aclaw.com) Under Dominican Customs Law 3489, of February 14 of 1953 and its amendments the Dominican Customs Administration is responsible for preventing illegal tax acts and to apply administrative sanctions, collect tax debt, whether voluntarily or by exercising its powers of tax fiscal enforcement, being able in that aspect, to re- […]

Dominican Import Agents and Distributors

By Felipe Isa Castillo (fcastillo@aclaw.com) 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 […]

Dominican Joint Ventures

By Felipe Isa Castillo (fcastillo@aclaw.com) Dominican Republic Law recognizes business entities which are contractual in nature and which are called “joint participation” entities. They are considered as business entities as long as their purpose and scope of activities are commercial in nature. These entities are incorporated through a contract by which two or more persons […]

Dominican Food and Drug Product Registration

By Maria Arthur (marthur@aclaw.com) On April 6th of 2015, the Executive Branch enacted Decree 82-2015, which creates the General Directorate of Pharmaceutical, Foods and Sanitary Health Products (“DIGEMAPS” for its Spanish acronym), under the dependency of the Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance. According to Article 2 of said Decree, DIGEMAPS is and will […]

Dominican Anti Spam Law 310-14

By Arthur & Castillo (info@aclaw.com) Dominican Republic Anti Spam Law 310-14 regulating the Submission of Non Solicited Commercial Emails (Spam) in the Dominican Republic was enacted on August 8, 2014. The purpose of Law 310-14 is to regulate the excessive and abusive practices of individuals and legal persons who send messages via email without the […]

Dominican Customs Declaration

 By Felipe Isa Castillo (fcastillo@aclaw.com) Dominican Customs Electronic Declarations are governed under Norm 01-12 of March 28, 2012, the Dominican Customs Administration (DGA) for the purpose that customs operators and other users transmit by electronic means the information related to the actions made in connection to their customs processes and operations. Pursuant to the Norm, […]

Dominican E- Commerce Law Customs Procedures

 By Felipe Isa Castillo (fcastillo@aclaw.com) Resolution 025-11 of May 26th of 2011 approving the Norm for the Application of the Electronic Commerce Law 126-02 to Dominican Customs Procedures, establishes the following provisions: Scope. The Resolution 025-11 regulates the use of digital documents and data messages and the issuing in the customs procedures established un the […]

Dominican Republic Customs Valuation

 By Felipe Isa Castillo (fcastillo@aclaw.com) Dominican Republic Customs Valuation is governed by Decree 36-11 of January 20th of 2011 establishing the Regulation for Customs Valuation pursuant to the GATT 1994 Valuation Agreement, whose purpose is to develop the provisions of the Agreement relative to the application of Article VII of the General Agreement of Tariffs […]

Dominican Customs Register of Intellectual Property

 By Maria Arthur (marthur@aclaw.com) The Register of Owners of Intellectual Property Rights of the Dominican General Customs Administration (DGA) was created under Resolution 01-2010 of August 4, 2010, whose purpose is to facilitate the inspection works and withholding of merchandize during customs transit affected by a presumption of violation to the intellectual property rights. Such register […]