Customs describe March as historic month, with exports exceeding US $ 1 billion

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Director General of the DGA, Eduardo Sanz Lovatón

Santo Domingo, DR

The General Directorate of Customs (DGA) reported that exports corresponding to March 2021 amounted to US $ 1.1 billion, representing a growth of 36.69% compared to the same month in 2020.

According to official data, exports in March exceeded US $ 299.66 million compared to the same period last year, for which they were called a historic month.

Among the sectors that showed growth were the free trade zones, with an increase of 42.48%. In the free zones, the most significant increase was found in cigars (cigars), with an increase of 94.29%, followed by electrical circuit breakers 51.96%, medical instruments 26.54% and jewelry 55.42%.

Meanwhile, in the national regime’s exports, gold rose 22.71%. Likewise, traditional products (sugar, cocoa and bananas) increased by 91.37%, 33.49% and 21.43% respectively.

The DGA reported that October 2020 held the record for highest export levels with US $ 925.06 million, surpassing March 2021 by 20.7%, with an additional US $ 191.30 million.

The Director General of the DGA, Eduardo Sanz Lovatón, stressed that this increase was the result of the efforts of the government and the private sector to strengthen foreign trade through national export activity to strengthen foreign trade and promote well-being. economic and social situation of the country.

Sanz Lovatón assured that the institution he heads is committed to building a “new customs” supported by modern technologies to have better control over its operations, streamline processes and provide better service to users.

Transformation and modernization

The DGA is currently undergoing a transformation process to ensure that the Dominican Republic becomes the logistics hub of the region, leveraging our geographic position, infrastructure and the country’s connectivity with other points in the region.

To combat smuggling, the institution has set up a reporting line for illegal trade or undervaluation as part of its commitment to reduce and eliminate this crime and update its digital platform so that users have more direct access to customs processes.

As part of its modernization process, the entity has strengthened its Single Window for Foreign Trade (VUCE) services, which are currently considered the fourth best in the Americas for handling permits required for certain goods.

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