The Customs & Excise Division is a division of the Ministry of Finance. Its responsibilities are:
Collection of revenue
Protection of revenue
Facilitation of Trade
Safeguarding society through Border control
Provision of Trade Statistics
Customs & Excise Division offices can be found at all Air and Sea Ports on the island:
The Dominica Air & Sea Port Authority (DASPA) is responsible for running all ports of entry on the island. They are the custodians of all cargo entering Dominica and are a separate entity from the Customs & Excise Division.
General information can be obtained by visiting the Customs Website at www.customs.gov.dm
ASYCUDA is a computerised customs management system which covers most foreign trade procedures. The system handles manifests and customs declarations, accounting procedures, transit and suspense procedures. This system was implemented in Dominica in 2009 and is presently used at all air and seaports on the island
A tariff is a tax levied on imports and/or exports. The Common External Tariff (CET) of CARICOM is based on the Harmonized Commodity Description and Coding System (HS) an internationally standardized system and names numbers developed and maintained by the World Customs Organization (WCO) for classifying traded products. The CET provides the rates of Duty for all goods imported into Caricom Member States
The tariff can be found on the Customs Website at http://www.customs.gov.dm/customs-procedures/tariff
A duty calculator can be found at www.customs.gov.dm. Enter the item, value and quantity to calculate an estimate of the duties applicable
An adult will qualify for duty free concessions if they fall within any of the following categories:
A citizen of Dominica by birth, descent and naturalization who has resided outside of Dominica continuously for at least the last seven (7) years.
The non-Dominican spouse of a Dominican national accompanying him/her to reside permanently in Dominica and who has resided outside of Dominica continuously for at least the last seven (7) years.
Students who have attained the age of 18 years and have studied abroad for more than one(1) year will qualify for concessions in respect of books, tools of trade, computer and other used personal effects.
Students are not entitled to motor vehicles duty free.
Returning Residents will be required to:
attend a brief interview at the Customs and Excise Division by a senior customs officer to determine eligibility for duty free concessions
present documentary evidence to confirm residence abroad and intentions to reside in Dominica
to have a Customs Declaration prepared by a Broker. The Declaration must indicate all the items he/she has imported into Dominica including the quantity and value of each item as far as possible.
Further information can be found at:
When duty is to be collected on Non-Commercial Goods, a Simplified Declaration will need to be completed.