The Dominican Republic is the logistics core of the Americas. Our combination of taxation benefits, market reach, and infrastructure have transformed the country into a regionally leading logistical hub. Boasting the best transportation infrastructure in the LATAM region, according to the World Economic Forum, and a market reach of 900 million people, the Dominican Republic is the perfect place for expanding global businesses to connect with the world. Given these advantages, the Dominican Republic’s value-added logistics industry sector has grown significantly, as has the number of logistics centers established on the island.
Logistic parks and activity areas have been created or expanded for facilitating services such as storage, deconsolidation, packaging, re-packaging, labeling, re-labeling, distribution, and re-export of goods. Some companies that have already established logistics and/or distribution centers in the country include: IKEA, Caterpillar, Rolex, Diageo, and Evergreen, among others.
Local taxation laws and regulations create an environment that eases the burden of global trade. In 2015, the Dominican Republic created a logistics deposit scheme designed to centralize inventory and reduce operating costs. Under this new regulation, logistics companies are able to keep inventories with tax-free duty-free treatment for up to one year, with an opportunity for renewal. Once the product is nationalized, companies are then required to pay a fee, unless the product is re-exported, in which case companies pay nothing.
With a central location between North and South America, and numerous free trade agreements, the island nation of the Dominican Republic is within reach of a large consumer market. Our award-winning transportation infrastructure network, which consists of 8 airports and 12 ports, ensures that goods can reach significant markets throughout the Americas in a timely manner. Currently, the Dominican Republic receives approximately 90 weekly vessels and more than 270 daily flights.
Caucedo is the Dominican Republic’s largest port, essential for both exporting local goods and also as a hub for transshipment. Given the Dominican’s centralized location, cargo can be shipped here from around the world and then directly to key ports in Europe, South America, North America, as well as regionally. In 2018, it processed 1.3 million TEUs and is set to match this figure in 2019.
To further expand its capability, Caucedo is undergoing a $200 million USD upgrade which will include:
Haina is the country’s second most significant port, known primarily for breakbulk activity. It processes approximately 400,000 TEUs annually and ships to 40 ports around the world on a weekly basis. 25% of all the goods manufactured in the Free Zones are exported by Haina. Value-added logistics services provided by the port include warehousing, inspection services, and labeling.
Like Caucedo, Haina is in the process of updating its facilities via methods such as obtaining more cranes and dredging their channel deeper to service larger vessels. It is also in the process of developing climate-controlled warehousing, the first of its kind in the Dominican Republic.
Santo Domingo, also known as Las Americas, is the second largest airport in the Dominican Republic. It is located within 20 minutes of the largest city in the country, Santo Domingo. In 2018, it transported 3.7 million passengers.
Ciabo International Airport, also known as Santiago Airport, is one of the top 3 airports on the island. It is located in Santiago de Los Caballeros, the second largest city in the country, where it supports tourism travel, as well as logistics efforts. It works with 8 logistics companies, including FedEx and UPS, which transport 2 million pounds of goods a month. There are 283 flights connecting Santiago de Los Caballeros to 31 cities in 12 countries.