Shipping to Dominican Republic

Get up-to-date local information about import procedures and restrictions, demurrage and detention, container pick-ups and more.

Demurrage and Detention

Operator ✓ Maersk Safmarine MCC Seago ✓ Sealand
Port / terminal Names All Ports
Valid from 1 January 2019
Valid to 31 December 2019
Charge Type Import - Combined D&D
Commodity Codes
Transport Mode All transport modes
Service Mode All service modes
Freetime DAYS Calendar / Working Same / Next day if after Next day if after : TIME
DRY 8 Calendar Same_Day
REEF 5 Calendar Same_Day
IMO 8 Calendar Same_Day
OTHER Calendar Same_Day
From (Days) To (Days) Rate for 20 DRY Rate for 40/45 DRY Rate for 20 REEF Rate for 40 REEF Rate for 20' Flat & Open Top Rate for 40' Flat & Open Top IMO 20' IMO 40'
Tier 1 9 15 USD 72 USD 72 USD 72 USD 72 USD 72 USD 72
Tier 2 16 Thereafter USD 95 USD 95 USD 95 USD 95 USD 95 USD 95
Tier 1 6 10 USD 240 USD 240
Tier 2 11 Thereafter USD 264 USD 264

NOR's are considered under DRY freetime (8 days) and will have a chargeable amount equal to DRY cargo.


Special customs requirements

  • For cargo release, customer must present to DR Customs: 2 OBL's, commercial invoice and packing list and payment of the corresponding duties.
  • All manifest must be translated in to Spanish.

Used Cars 

The 147 Law of General Customs bureau, effective July 5th 2002 has prohibited the import of used vehicles older than 5 years. Any car that not comply with this requirement will be confiscated and all charges will be under the responsibility of the car owner or the Shipping Line if this last one refuses to accept them. 

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Freight collect approval 

All imports with freight collect payable in the DR must be authorised by Maersk Dominicana Finance Department. Please contact

Special cargoes 

OOG and IMO cargo are subject to standard Maersk & Port Authorities approval procedures. 

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Bill of lading 

Sea way bills are not acceptable in the Dominican Republic for import cargo release.

In Transit Cargo.

  • No cargo IN-TRANSIT to Rio Haina is accepted as Maersk does not provide service in this port.
  • As per DR Customs requirement, only Maersk is allowed to handled In-Transit Cargo to Haiti. Cargo will be taken to Port-Au-Prince only.

Cargo in Transit to Haiti should not exceed 26 tons per container

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General Weight Limit 

35 Tons max weight allowed at port including tare weight.

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