Ship a Car to Dominican Republic

Ship a Car to Dominican Republic

Do you know how easy it is to ship a car from the USA to Dominican Republic? Super easy! This page should answer any questions you may have, from pricing to shipping methods to marine insurance. If this is your first time shipping a car to Dominican Republic from the USA, rest easy knowing we have you covered.

Start with a free quote and read everything below. To get pricing for shipping a car to Dominican Republic, we only need the Year/Make/Model of your car, Pickup Zip Code or Departure Port, and Destination Country (in this case Dominican Republic).

So, if you are interested in shipping a car to Dominican Republic from the USA, you will be happy to know we have been shipping cars to and from Dominican Republic for more than 35 years.You likely have a lot of questions and may feel overwhelmed. Where do you start? How will you learn about the process? We hope to answer all your questions here to take the guesswork out of shipping a car to Dominican Republic from the United States.

How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Car to Dominican Republic?

The price for shipping your car to Dominican Republic will depend on many factors, such as the size of the vehicle, where in the U.S. you’re shipping from, and whether or not you will bring your car to the port yourself..

Let’s breakdown a few factors that determine your final price tag:

  • A compact car is cheaper to ship vs. a large SUV or pickup truck.
  • If you’re shipping from the East Coast USA, it’s cheaper than shipping from the West Coast.
  • If you need us to pick up your car at your house, it will cost you more for the added convenience. If you want to personally drop off the car and meet us at the departure shipping port, you’ll save money. Just remember, you must make your own travel arrangements for getting back.

Additional Information

  • Only vehicles 5 years and younger can be shipped to DR and COMMERCIAL Trucks not older than 15 Years.
  • Customs Tax 20% of Value of vehicle + 18% VAT.
  • Dominican citizens importing a vehicle must have proof of living abroad for a minimum of 2 years.
  • Engine size is limited to no larger than 2000cc
  • A clear Title of Ownership with no Liens on the Title.
  • If you bought a car new, then your name must be listed on the front of the Title as the registered owner.
  • If the vehicle has been sold, then both the Seller and Buyer have to sign the back of the Title in the spaces as detailed on the back of the Title.
  • For safety reasons, the vehicle cannot have more than a ¼ tank of gas.

Vehicle Import Duty For Dominican Republic

If you are in USA and need the latest vehicle import duty for Dominican Republic, contact the embassy in Washington, DC.

Embassy of the Dominican Republic
1715 22nd St NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 332-6280

If you are in Dominican Republic, you can call them at DR Aduanas or by phone here (809) 547–7070 (this is a DR phone number, not USA number).

Offering weekly sailings from ports in the USA to Dominican Republic

Our shipping vessels depart on a weekly basis from U.S. seaports to two cities in Dominican Republic: Santo Domingo and Rio Haina.

There are many options you can choose from when shipping a car from the U.S. to Dominican Republic. Our top two overseas shipping methods are:

RoRo Shipping – RoRo ships are vessels built for shipping wheeled cargo, where cars are driven onto the ship like it was a floating parking garage.

Container Shipping – Your car is shipped on a container with other cars; or, you can select an exclusive container where yours is the only one there.

But more on these later…First, let’s talk about ports.

Ship Your Car to Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo, the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic, is also the largest metro area in the Caribbean. Located at the mouth of the marine entrance to the City of Santo Domingo, this port handles both turnaround and transit visits. It is located 16 kilometers from the other main port in the Dominican: the port of Rio Haina. We ship here on a frequent basis and know all the rules and regulations.

Ship Your Car to Rio Haina

The Haina Occidental Port, also known simply as Rio Haina, sits on the Haina River near Santo Domingo. It features two terminals, located on either side of the Haina River: the Haina Occidental Terminal and the Haina Oriental Terminal. Like Santo Domingo, we ship cars here all the time and know the regulations inside and out.

Trusted Military Partner

When shipping your car to Dominican Republic while active in the military, there are many factors to consider from modifications and weight to time limits and licensing.

Here at Ship Overseas, we are proud to serve the Active Military community as a trusted provider of international car shipping services. Featuring more than three decades of experience as a freight forwarder, we specialize in shipping cars, SUVs, RVs, motorhomes, heavy machinery, boats, yachts and motorcycles to Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

Plus, Ship Overseas Inc. also imports cars internationally into the USA from Dominican Republic.

Two Types of Shipping Methods

If this is your first time tackling a car shipment to the Dominican Republic, you may feel apprehensive about which shipping method to go with. While there are clear benefits to both, the one you choose will depend on your type of car and your budget.

RoRo Shipping (Roll On/Roll Off)

This is the first and most popular option: affordable, convenient, and best for wheeled vehicles such as motorcycles and cars. That’s because RoRo stands for Roll On and Roll Off, which means the vehicles are driven onto the ship of their own power. Automobiles and motorcycles are the most common vehicles, but other types of vehicles can be shipped to Dominican via this method as well, such as motorhomes, campers, trailers, buses, construction vehicles, and boats.

RoRo shipping is the preferred shipping method for new car manufacturers looking to ship their own vehicles. All vehicles are tied to the deck with no exposure to the ocean, which offers protection against external elements.

Use RoRo shipping when shipping a single vehicle to Dominican Republic. Keep in mind, your car must be able to make it up and down the ramp without any assistance. In essence, a RoRo ship resembles a big parking garage inside. Once loaded onto the vessel, each vehicle is tied down securely in its designated spot.

This shipping method is highly efficient and cost-effective, not to mention it features reliable departure and arrival dates as opposed to container shipping which isn’t as predictable.

Container Shipping

The next option is to use a shipping container to ship your car to Dominican Republic. Under this umbrella term, there are two options: shared and exclusive container shipping. Don’t worry, we’re here to ease your mind and give you the low-down on which one is best for you.

Shared Container Shipping

Your car will be loaded along with three other vehicles into a container at a warehouse, as each container fits about four vehicles. One big benefit is that you can ship vehicles that do not work. For example, many people who buy broken-down classic cars in the USA choose shared container shipping.

The drawback to this option is that the container must be filled with vehicles in order for it to be loaded onto the container ship, which means there are no fixed departure dates like the RoRo method. Translation: you could be waiting an extra week until the container is filled with the rest of the cars. This, it’s smart to pick this method when shipping two or more vehicles.

If you would like to ship additional items in the trunk or the backseat of your vehicle, you may do so, another benefit of shared container shipping over RoRo.

Exclusive Container Shipping

• Pick exclusive container shipping if you plan to ship exotic vehicles like Bentleys, Ferraris, Aston Martins, etc. because of the added protection and attention to detail.
• Pick this option if you want to ship personal belongings along with your car.
• Exclusive container shipping is more expensive than RoRo and Shared Container shipping, but you get more peace of mind knowing your car is the only one in the container.
• Like shared container shipping, you can ship vehicles that do not work.



Great question, and we give you two convenient ways.

Open and Enclosed Auto Shipping

We can transport your vehicle to the port if you are unable to drive your car to the port yourself. We offer open and enclosed auto shipping to pick up the car from your location and deliver it to the port for shipping to Dominican Republic.

Open Auto Shipping – This is the most common type of car shipping method and is also the least expensive.Our transport trucks normally carry as many as nine to 10 cars at a time and as few as five cars. The transport truck driver will load and unload vehicles while shipping cars across country. This safe and cost effective method is great for shipping vehicles like sedans and minivans.

And owing to the fact that we can fill these transport trucks to full capacity, it lowers the overall shipping costs when running routes across the U.S.

Enclosed Auto Shipping – This is an ideal method for shipping luxury, exotic, specialty, or vintage cars to Dominican Republic, demanding you pay more but with a lower risk factor. Your vehicle will not be exposed to the elements. So, if you have a higher budget than most, you will want to choose this option. Your car will be shipped along with two other vehicles, placed onto the truck via a special ramp or lift-gate.

Protecting your investment is vital. Marine insurance gives you that peace of mind. That’s why we highly recommend you purchase the optional marine insurance. We offer FULL COVERAGE Marine Insurance against Loss or Damage from the time your car is loaded onto the ship. The cost is 1.75% of the value you wish to insure the car for.

You’ll want to buy Marine Insurance if you can’t afford to pay out of pocket for any unfortunate repairs, damage or loss, which are all rare by the way.The only time this would pose a real issue is during hurricane season, which lasts from June till November. Learn more about Marine Insurance by clicking on the link below.

Ready to start shipping your car to Dominican Republic? We hope this page has been helpful, but if you have additional questions, give us a call toll free at 888-805-4994 or 858-547-0840.

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