Important Information

Container Specs

International Trade Terms

1. DAT (Delivered At Terminal):

It is used for all types of transport. The seller is responsible for all costs, including main transport and insurance which is not mandatory, until the merchandise is unloaded at the agreed terminal. It also assumes the risks up until that point.

2. DAP (Delivered at Place or Point / Delivered at Place or Determined Point):

It is used for all types of transport and replaces the incoterms (International Trade Terms) DAF, DDU and DES. The seller is responsible for all costs, including main transport and insurance which is not mandatory. However, it does not deal with the costs associated with importation, until the merchandise is placed at the disposal of the buyer in a vehicle ready to be unloaded. It also assumes the risks up until that point.

3. EXW (Ex Works / In Factory):

The seller puts goods at the disposal of the buyer in their own facilities: factory, warehouse, etc. and all expenses from that moment on are paid by the buyer. It can be used with any type of transport or with a combination of them (known as multimodal transport).

4. FOB (Free On Board / Free On Board):

The seller delivers the goods on the ship and the buyer is responsible for designating and reserving the main transport (ship). It is one of the most used in international trade and should be used for general cargo (of goods, not for bulk.) It is used exclusively for transport by boat, either sea or river.

5. CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight / Cost, Insurance and Freight):

The seller is responsible for all costs, including the main transport and insurance, until the merchandise arrives at the port of destination. Although the insurance is contracted by the seller, the beneficiary of the insurance is the buyer. The risk is transferred to the buyer at the moment the merchandise is loaded on the ship, in the country of origin. It is one of the most used in international trade because the conditions of a CIF price are those that mark the customs value of a product that is imported. It must be used for general or conventional cargo.

6. CPT (Carriage Paid To / Transportation Paid to the Place of Agreed Destination):

The seller is responsible for all costs, including the main transport, until the merchandise arrives at the agreed point in the country of destination. However, the risk is transferred to the buyer at the time of delivery of the goods to the carrier within the country of origin. If several carriers are used to reach the destination, the risk is transmitted when the merchandise has been delivered to the first carrier. It can be used with any type of transport or with a combination of them (multimodal transport).

7. CIP (Carriage and Insurance Paid To / Transportation and Insurance Paid A):

The seller is responsible for all costs, including the main transport and insurance, until the merchandise reaches the agreed point in the country of destination. The insurance is negotiated and hired by the seller, but the beneficiary of the insurance is the buyer. It can be used with any type of transport or with a combination of them (multimodal transport).

Bill of lading

Steel discharge

It is handled from the ship to the dock using the ship’s cranes. Then from the apron of the dock it’s mobilized with forklifts for the stores or outdoor resting area located near the apron of the dock.

Note: Steel pipes, rods, billets, H-beams and planks that exceed 20 feet will be worked at 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
In case it is necessary to work outside these hours there are additional charges for the Union of Port Workers for each crew.

The production varies according to the specifications of the vessel.

General Cargo

The general cargo is handled from the crane of the ship to the apron of the dock and then moved to the warehouses or to open air areas with forklifts.

Bulk Grain Discharge

Soybeans / Corn / Wheat

The receivers in Río Haina and Puerto Plata work the discharge of these products from 8:00 A.M. until 12:00 noon daily including Saturdays and Sundays.
There is no work after 12:00 M. until 8:00 A.M.


Yellow Fat Discharge and Tank Tanker Bait

It is carried out in the ports of Río Haina or Santo Domingo from the ship to tanker trucks of 25 to 30 TM capacity per truck.

The vessel must provide its crane or boom and at least a 4-inch diameter pipe for unloading, since importers only supply trucks, although there are some receivers that supply their pipes.

There is no charge for taxes on cargo to the ship owner when the unloading is charged to the importer based on the chartering contract.

Vegetable Oil Download

Tanker Vessels

It is carried out in the ports of Río Haina or Santo Domingo from the ship to tanker trucks of 25 to 30 TM capacity per truck.

Likewise, the vessel must provide its crane or boom and at least a 4-inch diameter pipe for discharge.


Oil Tanker Lubricant Unloading

It is carried out in the Port of Río Haina for only one importer: Lubricantes Dominicanos, S.A. and the vessel is moored in dock No. 6 (western side) where there are facilities to receive the cargo directly via a 6-inch diameter pipe.

Clinker download

The method of unloading for the ports of San Pedro de Macoris, Azua, Río Haina and Manzanillo is using the cranes of the ship and pears that must be supplied by the ship, since the receivers only supply hoppers and trucks that are placed in the apron of the pier.
The unloading operations are carried out by receivers 24 hours a day.

Discharge of Mineral Coal

Puerto ITABO

The cargo reception equipment in the ITABO Port is designed to receive a maximum of 2,750 metric tons per hour during the free evolution of the ship’s discharge.

Loose Sacks of Rice, Sugar, Fertilizers or Cement

The production of cargo or unloading in all the main ports of the country is from 12 to 15 MT per crew per hour. Dockworkers only work with loose bags daily from 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M.

Loading Limestone, Bauxite and Aggregates

Port of Cabo Rojo

The system for loading consists of the load being placed on the apron of the dock by trucks and mechanical shovels that feed a hopper with a conveyor belt system that is loading the ship.
The regular work schedule is Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. and on Saturdays from 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.

Loading of Bulk Sugar

Port of La Romana

The loading method is with two elevators with an estimated production of 325 MT per hour.

The shipper works 24 hours a day. Fuel supply inside the dock is not allowed, since it is a private terminal owned by the Central Romana. Additionally, it is important to note that there are no supply facilities via fuel barge and only potable water can be supplied to the ships at the dock.

Loading of Bulk Sugar

Port of San Pedro de Macorís or Puerto Plata

The sugar bags are transported in trucks from the mills to the dock where they are loaded up to the lids of the ship’s warehouse where the sacks are opened and the contents are emptied at the bottom of the warehouse. The load production is approximately 12 to 15 MT per crew per hour.

Port stevedores only work with loose bags daily from 8:00 A.M. to 10:00 pm. and it is possible to work 24 hours a day. From 12 M. to 8:00 P.M.

production falls to more than half and there are extra charges for the Port Union.


Santo Domingo

It is the oldest in the port system and is located on the south central coast, at the mouth of the Ozama River, just steps from the Colonial City. It has two tourist terminals designed for the reception of cruise ships: Don Diego and Sans Souci.

In this port, the terminal also operates modern mills, specializing in the import of wheat for flour production, and import and export in general.

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