Customs regulates Web-bought imported goods for resale
Santo Domingo.- The Customs Agency is drafting a regulation on imported goods via the Web for commercial purposes through courier companies.
The draft published on its website as part of a public consultation, states that “companies of persons who through courier companies import goods classified within category “B”(valued below US$200 and without tariff restriction) defined in Executive Order 402-05, will be considered suppliers and, consequently, will be obliged to pay duties and taxes of their imports, in the following cases”:
- A) When importing goods that, as a whole, don’t exceed US$200.00, but which may be determined by Customs to have a commercial purpose.
- B) When the type of merchandise imported, as well as the time from shipment and another one allows Customs to determine that they have a commercial purpose.
- C) When the presence of identical, similar, complementary or substitute goods is detected in a procedure or a set of procedures, which in their totality exceed the amount of US$200, imported through a consignee.
- D) When the imported merchandise has a noticeable relationship with the commercial activity of the company or person, whose consignment appears in the shipping documents.
- E) When the company or person incurs any type of fractionation.
The goods listed in Executive order 402-05 in category “B” are: materials for mass distribution in commercial quantities, such as some types of literature, printed documents, newspapers and magazines enveloped or labeled at source.
Also duty-free and tax-exempt low-value consignments, among others.