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    Hello, I'm sure if I searched long enough I could find this answer, but I confess to being lazy. My sister, who lives near New Orleans in the US, wants to send some used clothing for distribution (for free) to people here in the DR. Is there a way to do this at a low cost? Ideas/info welcome. I already know how and where I will distribute it.... Thanks! Judy

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    We do this all the time, but we live where there are mundanzas (fill a box of standard size that they provide). *She'd have to get her box to Miami to use any of the mundanzas there, could be done! *There is a thread with names and contact info for mundanzas in the USA*




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    Otherwise, ( from AlterEgo's post above) you must get dispensation from Aduanas in Santo Domingo or you will pay through the nose. Someone from Canada wanted to send us (Strength for the Journey, a legal DR non-profit) used clothing after the floods. I checked with aduanas and was told that it is illegal in the DR to import used clothing. For our foundation to proceed, I needed to apply for and receive dispensation from the top guy in aduanas in SD.

    We ended up not doing it because, in the long run, flood victims were given more used clothing than they wanted or needed. What they really needed were new mattresses.

    On the other hand, we have some women who want to open clothing stores. For them, the used clothing are like gold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindseyKaufman View Post
    Otherwise, ( from AlterEgo's post above) you must get dispensation from Aduanas in Santo Domingo or you will pay through the nose. Someone from Canada wanted to send us (Strength for the Journey, a legal DR non-profit) used clothing after the floods. I checked with aduanas and was told that it is illegal in the DR to import used clothing. For our foundation to proceed, I needed to apply for and receive dispensation from the top guy in aduanas in SD.

    We ended up not doing it because, in the long run, flood victims were given more used clothing than they wanted or needed. What they really needed were new mattresses.

    On the other hand, we have some women who want to open clothing stores. For them, the used clothing are like gold.

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    i really wonder how it is illegal to import used clothes, and every house in POP is a used clothing boutique.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the gorgon View Post
    i really wonder how it is illegal to import used clothes, and every house in POP is a used clothing boutique.
    Same here in San Pedro de Macoris.

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    Quote Originally Posted by judypdr View Post
    Hello, I'm sure if I searched long enough I could find this answer, but I confess to being lazy. My sister, who lives near New Orleans in the US, wants to send some used clothing for distribution (for free) to people here in the DR. Is there a way to do this at a low cost? Ideas/info welcome. I already know how and where I will distribute it.... Thanks! Judy
    Judy if you know how and where you want to distribute the clothing, than I take it you live here in the DR? If you live here, just have your sister send you boxes or a shipping container with the clothes, for your own use. Whatever you do with it afterwards is your own business. Is she sending tons of clothes? People from the States send clothing and food items here every day of the week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanpedrogringo View Post
    Same here in San Pedro de Macoris.
    there is an operation in POP called MUN2. it is a very well organized used clothing outfit. they have 3 stores in POP, and branches in Sosua and Cabarete. these are not fly *by night stores. they carry all types of clothing, including light coats and footwear. i fail to understand how they can operate when it is illegal to import used clothes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the gorgon View Post
    there is an operation in POP called MUN2. it is a very well organized used clothing outfit. they have 3 stores in POP, and branches in Sosua and Cabarete. these are not fly *by night stores. they carry all types of clothing, including light coats and footwear. i fail to understand how they can operate when it is illegal to import used clothes.
    Unfortunately, most donated clothing winds up in the hands of the mafiosos who run the "pulgas", the roaming flea markets. They sell clothing to the vendors by the pound. And I don't mean 5 or 10lbs. More like 200-300lbs. You'll see the beat up trucks with the large canvas bags traveling the country. Every town in every province has them. Much of the "cargo" comes across the border from Haiti. Those pop-up used clothing stores are nothing more than Dominicans who have family overseas that send them boxes or 55 gallon drums of clothing from the States or Europe at a time.

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    It is very common to see people here wearing t-shirts or sweatshirts from bars and restaurants in the States. Now how would a Dominican that has never stepped foot out of his barrio, never mention his town, province or the island itself, wind up wearing a Big Jumbo Jim's Texas BBQ t-shirt? The best is the losing sports teams t-shirts. For example, this year in the States the baseball World Series went to a Game 7 between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs (for those that don't follow the States or baseball for that matter). Yes, the Cubs won, but there are thousands of World Series Champion Cleveland Indian t-shirts and caps that were made up just in case the Indians had won. This happens with every sporting event. These items don't get thrown in the trash bin, they get donated to charity, and inevitably wind up on the back of somebody down here in DR who bought it for 50-100 pesos at a pulga. Now, if they have really bright, popular colors, those can go for 200-300 pesos. Never mind that nobody knows what the shirt says, such as Big Jumbo Jim's Texas BBQ, but wow those colors are sharp with a new pair of Jordans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sanpedrogringo View Post
    It is very common to see people here wearing t-shirts or sweatshirts from bars and restaurants in the States. Now how would a Dominican that has never stepped foot out of his barrio, never mention his town, province or the island itself, wind up wearing a Big Jumbo Jim's Texas BBQ t-shirt? The best is the losing sports teams t-shirts. For example, this year in the States the baseball World Series went to a Game 7 between the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs (for those that don't follow the States or baseball for that matter). Yes, the Cubs won, but there are thousands of World Series Champion Cleveland Indian t-shirts and caps that were made up just in case the Indians had won. This happens with every sporting event. These items don't get thrown in the trash bin, they get donated to charity, and inevitably wind up on the back of somebody down here in DR who bought it for 50-100 pesos at a pulga. Now, if they have really bright, popular colors, those can go for 200-300 pesos. Never mind that nobody knows what the shirt says, such as Big Jumbo Jim's Texas BBQ, but wow those colors are sharp with a new pair of Jordans.
    makes a lot of sense. however, there is an African American guy in POP who has a used clothing store, and he sells really upscale used clothes there. i have seen Ralph Lauren and other brands like Oscar De La Renta and Hermes. he selects this stuff himself in NY and sends shipments down. i have no idea how he gets the stuff in.*

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