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Why Consider the Dominican Republic?

With other options available, why consider the Dominican Republic for your business location? Between the available free zone parks, positive tax climate, and easy access to a highly skilled workforce, there are many reasons for advanced manufacturing, medical device manufacturing, and electronics companies to choose DR for their location.

THE NATIONAL ECONOMY

The Dominican Republic enjoys a GDP of $143 billion, with a 7 percent annual growth of economy overall, and is currently ranked as the ninth largest economy in all of Latin America (the largest in Central America and the Caribbean).

INCENTIVES FOR FOREIGN INVESTMENT

Relocating to a free zone park in the Dominican Republic can offer access to powerful incentives, ranging from 100% exemption from a myriad of taxes and fees to the availability of land at low cost and a great deal more.

  • National treatment for foreign investors
  • Free access to international currency through local banks and the Central Bank of the Dominican Republic
  • Allows 100% repatriation of benefits
  • Technology transfer is considered an investment
  • Free convertibility of funds

When it comes to relocating a business to the Dominican Republic, the incentives and benefits available through free zones are important advantages. Not only has the government of the DR taken a business-friendly stance, but the free zones themselves are uniquely positioned to provide benefits for international companies.

Understanding the Many Tax Benefits

When it comes to the incentives and benefits of establishing a business location within the Dominican Republic, a great many revolve around taxation. In addition, most of these incentives are tied directly to the DR free zones.

For instance, any advanced manufacturing, electronics or medical device manufacturing company locating itself in one of the DR free zones would be 100% exempt from the requirement to pay income tax, as well as construction tax, taxes applied to loan contracts, real estate registrations, real estate transfers and more. Businesses are also 100% exempt from paying taxes on capital increases.

Park Specific Incentives

Above, we discussed some of the most important incentives and benefits applied to all free zones within the Dominican Republic. However, some zones offer their own unique incentives in order to attract electronics, medical device manufacturing and advanced manufacturing firms. These can include the following:

  • Easy access to labor pool/workforce
  • HR solutions
  • Market access incentives
  • 15-year license with the possibility of indefinite renewals
  • Land availability
  • Existing facility availability
  • Short travel to major international airports and seaports

Of course, this is only a small fraction of the incentives and benefits of locating your facility within one free zones. We invite you to contact ADOZONA today to learn more about the free zones, tax benefits, and many myriad incentives available that can help cut costs, enhance efficiencies and build a more profitable company overall.

 

Labor Rates and Financial Data

The Dominican Republic boasts the single largest economy in the Caribbean and Central America. It is also one of the fastest growing economies in the world. The economy has quickly shifted from primarily agriculture-focused to one diversified among trade, tourism services and manufacturing in the advanced and electronics sectors. In fact, manufacturing now accounts for 22 percent of the country’s total annual GDP.

EXCELLENT AND MODERN TELECOMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM

  • Direct Dialing to Local and International Distance
  • Advanced Business Communications Systems
  • Fiber Optic Cable Lines (Broadband)
  • Wireless Connectivity (On-site GSM Cells)
  • More than 9.9 Million Fixed / Mobile Lines
  • Main Cities Connected with Fiber Optic Cable

PREFERENTIAL ACCESS TO THE MAIN INTERNATIONAL MARKETS

  • Commercial Agreements signed by the Dominican Republic:
  • Free Trade Agreement RD-Central America
  • CARICOM Free Trade Agreement
  • Free Trade Agreement between the Dominican Republic and Panama
  • Free Trade Agreement RD-USA (CAFTA-DR)
  • Free Trade Agreement RD – European Union (EPA)
  • INCENTIVES TO FOREIGN INVESTMENT (Law 16-95)

PROTECTING INVESTMENT THROUGH

  • Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency of the World Bank (MIGA)
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
  • Founding Member of the World Trade Organization (WTO)

SOCIAL AND POLITICAL STABILITY

The Dominican Republic has a general environment of social peace, and is one of the most stable democracies in Latin America and the Caribbean, with macroeconomic stability.

Free Trade Zones

ADOZONA, the Dominican Association of Free Zones, delivers crucial benefits to businesses choosing to build or relocate within the DR. These duty-free business parks span most of the nation’s provinces, and deliver access to business-critical elements, including robust electrical supply, reduced or no income taxes, free importation of raw materials, and a great deal more.

World-Class Infrastructure

No geographic area can support operations without a reliable infrastructure. The Dominican Republic’s free trade zones offer an infrastructure comparable to what can be found in the U.S. or Europe. This applies to stable, well-maintained roadways, easy access to loading/unloading facilities, warehouses, modern water supply, and waste and management solutions, to name only a few.

Robust Legal Support

Choosing to relocate to a free zone within the Dominican Republic offers numerous legal advantages. One of those is that the laws governing these areas are comparable to those set forth by the FDA in the United States and similar organizations in Europe. This ensures organizations have little to no time wasted adjusting to new legal environments, and eliminates the potential for a legal faux pas.

THE NECESSARY WORKFORCE

One fact that surprises many organizations in relocating to the Dominican Republic is the age of the population. The nation boasts a very young population. In 2010, over 30 percent of the population was aged 15 or younger. Today, this means that a significant portion of the workforce is young, and intimately familiar with disruptive technology.

In addition to being relatively young, the DR workforce is highly trained and enjoys competitive salaries. The Dominican peso is stable against the US dollar, and the nation’s economy continues to enjoy robust growth, meaning that the quality of life for citizens of the DR is high.

Workers in the Dominican Republic are educated, motivated, familiar with technology utilized by U.S. and European manufacturers, and, most of all, adaptable to new production and manufacturing systems. This ensures the shortest lead time possible, allowing workers to train, learn, and begin full-time work within a minimal window to boost production/manufacturing speed and ensure your products reach their intended markets quickly.

At ADOZONA, we believe that our workforce is one of the best in the world. We invite you to contact us today to learn more about workforce staffing and hiring, and how your business can prosper within the Dominican Republic.

Our Legal System

One of the primary reasons so many electronics, advanced manufacturing, and medical device manufacturing companies choose the DR for their production facilities is our legal system. The laws in the Dominican Republic are very similar to those in the U.S. and Europe, and anyone familiar with the U.S. FDA will find themselves on firm footing within the Dominican Republic. This ensures minimum time spent learning to navigate new legal requirements, faster startup, and a shorter road to production.

Our Robust Infrastructure

The Dominican Republic boasts one of the world’s best-developed infrastructures. This is vital for manufacturing and production facilities, as it ensures easy access for delivering raw materials, easy transport of finished goods to the port, a reliable supply of electricity and water, and a great deal more. In addition, the Dominican Republic’s telecommunication system is one of the most advanced in the world, and all main cities are connected via fiber optic cabling. Enjoy broadband access, on-site GSM cells, local and international direct dial, and benefit from advanced business communications systems.

Access to Your Market

One of the primary reasons for manufacturing and electronics companies to choose the Dominican Republic is the country’s unique geographic position, as well as its preferential access to main international markets. Both the U.S. and European markets can be easily be reached from the island, and companies located in or relocating to the Dominican Republic also benefit from free trade agreements with Panama, the United States, Central American nations, the European Union, and more. Of course, the incentives for foreign investment also benefit companies located here.