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Ocean freight to the Dominican Republic will give you access to the ninth largest Latin American economy. Despite its small size, the citizens of this developing country enjoy a medium-high income level, according to data from the World Bank.
The services sector has acquired great importance, due to the booming of tourism and industry. Mining and agricultural products generate annualy more than 5,000 million USD in exports. Moreover, the United States, Mexico, Japan, Venezuela and its neighboor Panama, receive the majority of their imports, which are valued at almost 4,000 million.
Ocean freight to the Dominican Republic is therefore a very interesting alternative for your foreign trade operations.
With one of the country’s major ports located on its southern coast, Full Container Load (FCL) cargo shipping to Santo Domingo is a great option when selecting a container service to the Dominican Republic.
When shipping cargo equivalent to the volume 10 standard pallets (the size of each standard American pallet is 39.37 inches wide and 47.24 inches long) can hold, you should consider FCL shipping in a 20-foot container as it is one of the best shipping services available for said volume. If your cargo volume fits on 21 standard pallets, a FCL 40-foot container would be the better option.
Choosing between a full container (FCL) and a shared container (LCL) for your ocean freight shipment to the Dominican Republic is one of the first decisions you must make.
In general, if you are shipping sensitive goods, FCL would be the way to go as it reduces the risk of contamination and damage. LCL shipping would be more appropriate for low-volume and less-sensitive goods as since you will be sharing the container with other merchandise, you will only have to pay for the space your cargo occupies.
The Dominican Republic has 3 fully functional ports with a considerable volume of foreign trade traffic transiting through the country: Caucedo and Rio Haina Santo Domingo. You can access the website of the APORDOM (Dominican Port Authority) for more information.
DP World Caucedo is a free zone for commercial shipping terminal located just 25 kilometers from the capital of the country, Santo Domingo. The proximity of the Port of Caucedo to the main land and having a well developed air transport structure, combined with the technological network of the partnership DP World (Dubai Ports International) make this port one of the most attractive center for operations in the region. With more than 900 meters of dock and 50 hectares for container storage and a capacity of 40.000 TEUs, the DP World Caucedo serves the largest shipping companies in the world.
The Port of Rio Haina is located 12 km from downtown Santo Domingo Hague and has two main areas. On the one hand, there is the east area, with 700 meters of pier for the main tasks of loading and unloading, for bulk or standard containers. On the other hand, we find the western area with the refinery, multichemistry, and commercial terminals and also the Sargent Marine Oil Terminal. This area has 3 docks, which mainly handle chemical products and vehicles. Indeed, the storage capacity of up to 2,000 vehicles demonstrates the power of the facilities.
iContainers offers door-to-door ocean freight services. This involves picking up and delivering your merchandise to and from your desired address. Here are the door-to-door ocean freight services to/from Dominican Republic we offer:
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