The Dominican Republic currently has fourteen (14) main ports; Santo Domingo is the busiest one.

The ports are supervised and operated by the Dominican Port Authority (APORDOM), which can grant licenses, without restrictions with respect to foreign capital in licensed companies, although they must establish a local agent to represent them.

Foreign companies:

  1. Can provide any type of maritime service in Dominican ports, as long as they obtain authorization from APORDOM and have established a local agent for representation.

  2. Are free to set rates for their services. There are a series of government fees set by law, from which all ships with a Dominican flag are totally or partially exempt.

  3. Any ship may have a Dominican flag, regardless of the nationality of its owners, provided that they have a valid address in the Dominican Republic.

The law establishes that cabotage services, passenger transport, stowage and unloading in ports, among others, must be provided by Dominican flag vessels; however, the current absence of a national marine merchant means that this provision is not being applied momentarily.

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