New professors/students enrolled at the Ross and All Saints Universities who will be taking up residence in the Commonwealth of
Dominica will be allowed to import free of duty your personal and household effects, and instruments and tools of trade. (Vehicles do
This policy is intended to facilitate you while taking up residency in Dominica.
Exemption of the duties will be in the category of Import Duty and Value Added Tax. Please note that Customs Service Charge,
Environmental Surcharge and Excise Taxes will apply. Therefore it is important to note what goods qualify under any or all of the
various tax types.
The goods may accompany you upon your arrival as a passenger into Dominica, or may be imported within three months before or six months after your arrival
into Dominica, or such further period as the Financial Secretary in the Ministry of Finance may allow.
The process on importation:
Upon importation of your effects into Dominica, you will be required to have a Customs Declaration prepared by a Broker. The Declaration must indicate all the
items that you intend to import including the quantity and value of each item as far as practicable.You should also have legitimate corroborating documentation
that would satisfy your claim that you are either employed with the University or are enrolled as a student.
You may also be required to undertake an interview with Customs with regard to your claim for concession. At that interview you will be required to produce all
evidence to justify your claim. Evidence will include, but not limited to your Passport, Employment Contract (Job Letter) from the University and Letter of
acceptance as a student from the University.
Upon request, a container may be inspected at your place of residence or at the University. All expenses that accrue through the examination of goods outside the
limits of the importing Port will be borne by you. A fee of either $25.00 EC ($10.00 US) or $30.00 EC ($12.00 US) per hour, per Customs Officer, is charged for the
inspection/examination of the container after normal working hours ($30.00 after 7.00 p.m., Sundays and bank holidays). All overtime charges are payable to the
Comptroller of customs. NB- offsite inspections are normally conducted by one or two Customs officials on aversge.
You will be expected to transport the Customs Officer/s to and from the location where you requested the container/s to be checked, or you may choose to pay the
mileage or transportation cost to the Officer for travel to and from the location.
An “upfront” security deposit will need to be provided to customs before the inspection/examination of the goods outside of the Port. This deposit will be used to
pay the overtime fees and any other additional duties and taxes payable. Where the overtime fees and any other additional duties and taxes payable is less than
the security deposit collected, the difference will be refunded to you. Where the security deposit collected is less than the total of the overtime and any additional
duties and taxes payable, you will be required to pay the difference to the Comptroller of Customs. This security deposit will not be necessary where the
inspection/examination of the containers takes place within the Port of arrival of the goods.
False declarations are punishable under the provisions of the customs act #20, of 2010, with seizure, fines, and possible imprisonment.
Personal effects will include, among others:
Personal items of clothing, toiletries, jewelry, laptop, tablet, phablet, cell phone, video games, radio, walkman, camera, camcorder, headphone,
Household effects (items that are normally required in the home in order to facilitate a comfortable living environment) will include, among others:
Furniture (beds, mattresses, sofa beds, chairs, tables, cupboards, wardrobes, cabinets, drawers, patios, hampers, baby cribs, playpens, ironing board), kitchen
appliances/utensils (stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, freezer, bar b-q grill, washing machine, dryer, microwave oven, toaster, coffee maker, percolator, hot plate,
deep fryer, blender, food processor, electric can opener, electric kettle, electric knife, juicer, other small electrical appliances for domestic use, aluminum ware,
plastic ware, glassware, chinaware, crystal, cutlery, scale), other appliances and equipment (television, stereo, video recorder, DVD player, telephone, answering
machine, lamps, computer, printer, scanner, fax machine, satellite dish and receiver, modem, router, typewriter, sewing machine, clocks, safe, lawn mower, weed
wacker, ladder, garden tools, household repair tools, floor polisher, vacuum cleaner, fans, hair dryer, blow dryer, electric iron, musical instruments, exercise
equipment, ornaments, statues, paintings, pictures, mirrors, linen, drapes, blinds, carpets.
Instruments and tools of trade are limited to:
Tools, instruments and pieces of equipment normally used in the pursuit of the declared profession of an individual (doctor/professor), but does not include plant
(building) and machinery.
Importation of Dogs and Cats (Other Pets)
Persons wishing to import Pets (Dogs and Cats) into Dominica must first obtain an “Import Permit” from the Veterinary Department of the Division of Agriculture.
The Pets must be accompanied with a “Health Permit” from the exporting country.
Animal Health Guidelines to obtain an Import Permit
The animal must be examined by a licensed and accredited Veterinary authority in the exporting country, and a certificate issued indicating the health status of
The animal must be free from internal and external parasites.
The animal must be tested and treated for Heart Worms and certified Heart Worm free for export.
The health records indicating the Immunization Status of the animal must be provided with a current DHLPP + C Immunization Record or any other endemic
disease of importance.
Dogs and cats coming from all Countries must be immunized with an approved Rabies Vaccine by an official veterinarian stating type, serial number, date of
expiration and date of administration, at least 30 days and not more than one (1) year prior to exportation of animal.
A blood sample must be taken from the animal and sent to a reputable Rabies Reference Laboratory to perform the RNATT*/FAVN, and the result must be sent
directly to the Veterinary Services prior to issuing an import permit. The test result must show a serum antibody level of at least 0.5 IU/mL.
The test must be done not less than one (1) month after vaccination with an approved Rabies Vaccine.
An Import permit will be issued once the requirements are met, and sent to the importer by fax or email.
Animals and associated documents will be examined on arrival at Port by a Quarantine Inspector who reserves the right to reject or accept the animal based on
NB Please note that the test takes 3-4 weeks or longer before a result can be obtained. Please be guided by this information in relation to your travel plans;
Processing and other fees may apply.
The Livestock Development Unit of the Division of Agriculture at the Botanic Gardens, Roseau can be contacted for information on the importation of meat and
Telephone: (767) 266-3827/3824
Fax: (767)448 8632 or 767 448 7999
Importation of plants
Importers wishing to import plants, plant parts, plant products, seeds or other such regulated items into Dominica must complete an Application for Import Permit
from the office of the Plant Protection and Quarantine Service of the Division of Agriculture.
The Permit must state:
Country of origin, name and address of importer, name of produce, quantity and weight, mode of transport and expected date of arrival.
Applications must be submitted AT LEAST ON WEEK prior to arrival of goods.
Imports permits cost ten EC dollars ($10.00) and are valid for one consignment only.
All agricultural produce imported must be accompanied by a Phytosanitary Certificate from the country of origin of produce.
All produce MUST BE INSPECTED upon arrival by the plant quarantine inspector:
The plant quarantine inspector reserves the right to reject or accept the produce based on its condition.
All imported produce must be pest and disease free, and free from soil.
Other useful tips on importation:
You may either travel with or import any medicine for personal use, however, you should follow these guidelines:
The Medicines must be prescribed and must be in the original prescription container
Dispensing bottles/containers must be labeled in your name
Upon Traveling with medication;
For ease of travel, Medicines should be accompanied with prescription or letter from prescriber
Medicines must be in the original prescription container
Medicines must be carried in carry-on luggage
Be sure to follow the security guidelines if the medicines are liquid
Carry sufficient medicines to last for the duration of the trip
Importation of meat must be accompanied with a “Phytosanitary Certificate” from the exporting country and an “Import Permit” from the Division of Agriculture
Importation of radio transmission apparatus including V.H.F Radios must be accompanied with a License issued by the Ministry of Communication and Works
authorizing the licensee to operate on specified frequencies
Importation of Arms and Ammunition must be accompanied with an “Import Permit” from the Commissioner of Police
Importation of gun powder, blasting powder, detonators and explosives of any description (including fireworks and firecrackers) must be accompanied with an
“Import License” from the Commissioner of Police
The Government of Dominica is the only legal authority to import Tear Gas (including Pepper Spray / Mace) into Dominica
Importation of pesticides (insecticides, fungicides, herbicides, nematicides, rodenticides, acaricides, molluscicides), must be accompanied with an “Import
License” from the Pesticide Control Board
There is a detailed list of import prohibitions and restrictions in the Third Schedule of the Customs Act #20 of 2010.