Sending to the Dominican Republic
The Spanish speaking Dominican Republic can be found on the island of Hispaniola in the Caribbean. Nearly 10 million people call the island home, many of whom live in the capital city of Santo Domingo.
The republic is a picturesque country; scenery ranges from peaceful sandy beaches to desert scrubland and thrilling mountain backdrops. This, combined with popular year-round golf courses, means that the Dominican Republic is a sought-after tourist destination. In fact, it is the most visited destination in the Caribbean, according to the Caribbean Tourism Organisation.
As the largest economy in the Caribbean and Central American region and the ninth largest in Latin America, the Dominican Republic has seen marked progress in recent years. Despite this it has had issues with government corruption and immigration, in particular with mass illegal immigration from nearby Haiti.
Aside from these issues, the country is growing fast and has an emerging middle class. English is widely spoken and (in addition to the tourist industry) business services and consumer goods are expanding sectors of importance, making opportunities for business and sending parcels ideal.
What can't you send?
The Dominican Republic only has a small list of articles prohibited from import. Many of the items are those you would expect such as firearms, live animals, explosives and obscene or immoral magazines. Narcotics are also banned, and this includes opium, morphine and cocaine. Slightly less predictable items that complete the short list are articles made from glass, cash and items containing staples.
When shipping to the Dominion DominicanRepublic, or indeed any country, it's also important to be aware of items that may be banned within the country itself, as you will not be able to import such articles. With Miley Cyrus being seen as too risqué and morally offensive in the Dominican Republic, it's wise to be cautious - although you'll be unlikely to be trying to ship the pop princess herself! There have been recent bans on imports of meat and dairy products from EU countries, so always double check before you send.
Duties and customs
Parcels may be subject to tariffs and import licences. While there are different levels of tax, luxury non-essential goods carry the highest rate; it will be the receiver you will need to pay this duty.
As the Dominican Republic is a country outside of the UK, you'll need to fill out a customs form and attach it to your parcel. If your contents are worth £270 or less you'll need to complete the CN22 form. Anything over that amount and you should fill out the CN23 form.
Once all your paperwork is complete, ensure your package is well wrapped, padding any delicate or fragile items with bubble wrap. Seal all openings securely with parcel tape and write the address clearly on the top of the box. The
Universal Postal Union recommends writing 'DOMINICAN REPUBLIC' in capital letters on the last line of the address. Once this is done you can leave your parcel in its safe spot for a delivery driver or drop it at one of our depots, and wave goodbye enviously as it wings its way to the Caribbean.
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