Ports and Rates

Ports

Rates

Stay or Right of Port

All Dominican ports are basically subject to the same stay or port duty, except the port of Caucedo. In addition, with the exception of passenger ships, the cost for all vessels is USD$1.50 per foot of length per day or fraction of day.

Note:

  • An additional 10% of the rate indicated above is applied per day or fraction of day in the dock to the vessels that exceed 72 hours docked.
  • Vessels with a definitive national flag that perform cargo loading or unloading operations pay 50% of the tariff indicated above. The same applies to tankers that operate on mooring buoys on the country’s coasts and barges for power generation or any other nature located in the ports or riverbanks.
  • A charge of 18% of the Tax on the Transfer of Industrialized Goods (ITBIS) is applied to the port of Santo Domingo for the total billed stay since this port is operated by a private company.
Passenger Ships (fare per passenger):
Passenger ships in the port of Santo Domingo:
USD $6.00 for each passenger in transit.
USD $7.00 for each passenger boarding.
USD $7.00 for each passenger that disembarks.
Passenger ships on other ports operated by APORDOM:

USD $1.50 is charged for each passenger that arrives on board the ship in any port.

Gross Register Tonnage Charge (GRT) for the Port Security Improvement:

The Dominican government established a new charge on the basis of the TRB of each vessel to be able to comply with the code of the Commission for the Protection of Ships and Port Facilities (PBIP) to preserve the security of port facilities and sustain the necessary investments to certify ports and port facilities, both public and private.

Here is a breakdown of these charges in relation to the vessel’s GRT:

TRB Rate
400 a  1000 USD $0.26 per GRT
1001 a  2000 USD $0.23 per GRT
2001 a  4000 USD $0.20 per GRT
4001 a  7499 USD $0.17 per GRT
7500 a  9999 USD $0.15 per GRT
10000 a 14000 USD $0.13 per GRT
14001 a 20000 USD $0.12 per GRT
20001 onwards USD$0.10 per GRT

Note: It has been established that ships specialized in the transport of vehicles (car carriers) and passenger ships must pay 50% of the table established above.

Cargo for TRB per Ship for Audit and Supervision of the Security Code PBIP:

The reason for this charge is to preserve oversight and audit in the implementation of the measures contained in the assessments and in the protection plans approved by the designated authority and the Commission for the Protection of Ships and Port Facilities (PBIP).

This new position was established on November 14, 2005 and is governed by the following table:

TRB Rate
200 a 1000 USD $100.00 per ship or scale
1001 a 2000 USD $120.00 per vessel or scale
2001 a 4000 USD $140.00 per vessel or scale
4001 a 6000 USD $160.00 per vessel or scale
6001 a 8000 USD $180.00 per vessel or scale
8001 a 10000 USD $200.00 per vessel or scale
10001 a 12000 USD $220.00 per vessel or scale
12001 a 14000 USD $240.00 per vessel or scale
14001 a 16000 USD $260.00 per vessel or scale
16001 a 18000 USD $280.00 per vessel or scale
18001 a 20000 USD$300.00 per vessel or scale
20001 a 22000 USD $320.00 per vessel or scale

Notes: After 22,000 GRT, USD$20.00 is invoiced and charged progressively for every additional 2,000 GRT. In addition, for the port of Santo Domingo, the 18% Tax on the Transfer of Industrialized Goods (ITBIS) charge is applied to the total invoice.

Charge for Port Beaconing:

A tariff of USD $0.025 is established on the basis of each Gross Registration Tonnage (GRT) for each vessel that docks in the Dominican ports administered and inspected by the Dominican Port Authority (APORDOM), which specializes in port beacons.

Note:Exempt from this tariff are vessels belonging to the Dominican Navy, the Navy of a foreign nation, and those dedicated to scientific, educational, library and hospital care studies. In addition, a charge of 18% of the Tax on the Transfer of Industrialized Goods (ITBIS) of the total invoice applies to the ports of Santo Domingo.

Dredging and Port Maintenance Fee:

In order to obtain the necessary funds to cover the expenses for the annual dredging of the ports of Río Haina, Santo Domingo and Puerto Plata, a dredging charge was created that is charged to the users, managed by the private sector. This program is administered by the local firm “Dragados Caribe, S.A.”, under the terms of an agreement reached between the government, the port authorities and the Shipowners’ Association.

The dredging and port maintenance fee is USD$1.20 for each foot length per ship per scale. For passenger ships, the fare to be paid is USD$1.00 for each passenger. For all ports, a charge of 18% of the Tax on the Transfer of Industrialized Goods (ITBIS) of the total invoice is applied.

Pilot Service:

Pilot services are mandatory in all Dominican ports. Pilots are instructed by APORDOM based on the estimated arrival of each vessel to the pilot station.

Pilotage Fee for Entry and Exit, or Mobilizations at the Port:

The service costs USD$2.00 for each foot of the maximum draft (with a minimum of 13 feet draft). More than 6 inches count as one foot.
The schedule is from Monday to Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. and Saturdays from 8:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M.
The overtime service has a cost of an additional 20% of the rate during normal hours.
The movements within the port cost USD $1.50 per foot of the maximum draft.

Additionally, USD $0.005 is charged for each Gross Register Tonnage (GRT) of the vessel that is used as a pension fund, and for the purchase of equipment, clothing and payment of medical insurance for the pilots.

Surcharge for berthing or undocking to the side of another vessel:
Surcharge for berthing of tankers over 500 feet:

For the ports or berths there will be additional surcharges to the piloting fee as follows:

Haina (REFIDOMSA) SBM.
Santo Domingo (berths upstream on the Ozama River).
Santo Domingo (Isabela River).
Puerto Plata (Smith-Enron) MBS.
San Pedro de Macorís (National Cement, only berth).
Barahona (only sugar berth).
Samaná.

Ships that have difficulty maneuvering or rudder problems are charged additional to the piloting fee as follows:

TRB
3000 or less
3001 to 5000
5001 to 7000
7001 to 10000
10001 and above


Additionally, the Port Authority charges 40% of the piloting fee as administrative costs. For all the ports, the 18% Tax on the Transfer of Industrialized Goods (ITBIS) charge is applied to the total invoice.

Towing Service:

These services are mandatory for all ships in the ports where they are available. Ships are billed in relation to Gross Registration Tons (TRB), even if they are not required or used.

Passenger ships are exempt of this payment in case they don’t need or require tugboats. The dollar rate for each of the docking or undocking services in the ports of Rio Haina, Santo Domingo, Puerto Plata and San Pedro de Macorís is as follows:

TRB
400 to 7499
7500 to 8000
8001 to 10000
10001 to 15000
15001 to 20000
20001 and larger

The tugboat rate in dollars for each docking or undocking service for the port of La Romana is as follows:

TRB
400 to 1000
1001 to 2000
2001 to 4000
4001 to 7499
7500 to 8000
8001 to 10000
10001 to 15000
15001 to 20000
20001 and older

In addition to the tariff above, there is a fuel surcharge of USD$425.00 for each tug per service plus 18% of the Tax on the Transfer of Industrialized Goods (ITBIS) of the total invoice.