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    Does anyone have experience importing from DR to Uk? Would like as much info as possible on bring in food and drink items

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    This was in the DR1 news today - maybe you can get some information from the British Chamber of Commerce in the DR:
    16,000 bottles of whisky sold
    UK Ambassador Steven Fisher has told Listin Diario that Dominicans consume 16,000 bottles of whisky a day. Reportedly, whisky importers moved 600,000 boxes of 12 units of Scotch in 2010, for around 5,800,000 bottles a year. The British Chamber of Commerce says whisky sales were around US$28 million last year. The ambassador says it is important for it to be known in the UK that the DR is a country with almost 10 million inhabitants, the largest economy in the region, and with demand for many products and many investment opportunities. "It is a more developed economy than what most British think," he said. He said that Dominican businesspeople also needed to know that the UK is the sixth largest economy in the world. He stressed there were many unexploited opportunities on both sides.
    The British Chamber of Commerce in the DR is planning a series of events aimed at strengthening ties and increasing awareness among businesspeople in both nations.
    In 2010, UK exports to the DR totaled US$177 million, but this could increase to US$355 million in the next four years. The main items are vehicles, medical and pharmaceutical equipment, specialized machinery for industry, steel, beverages and apparel.
    The DR exports to the UK are sugar, coffee, cacao and bananas for a total of US$187 million.
    Marcos Pena is the president of the UK Chamber of Commerce.
    Cmara Britnica de Comercio de la Repblica Dominicana

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    Or some whiskey.

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    Both UK charter airlines, Thomas Cook and Thomson export tonnes of fresh fruit and veg to the UK on every flight back to the UK. It's quite a nice little earner for the airlines.

    At the moment it's mango season. The last flight back from POP to Gatwick took 15 tonnes of mangos and the freight holds.

    From what I understand, a lot of this fresh produce is sold at Convent Garden market and direct to hotels and restaurants in the UK. Looking at the airway bills, none of the consignees are major supermarkets or high street names.

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    A lot of Dominican bananas over there old bean! As well as some of the best cigars on the market, much better value and better made than much of what is available....according to Cigar Aficionado, mind you...I have not bought any cigars in London recently.
    Our rum is also doing well from all accounts. But you apparently already know that, What?

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    Where are you living in this time send your present business place then i gave you some information.

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    I'm living in just outside London in UK. I work in produce but the items I want to bring over are alcohol... Brugal and Presidente. We can purchase brugal here at 20 a bottle but the other half is convinced its not the same. Also, interested in Ranchero Salzon

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    Not looking to bring over huge quantities either.

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    Hi,

    You could probably export from here though a third party with little fuss, however the chances of it clearing customs at the uk end without duty and vat being added are slim to none. Plus you need to factor in the shipping cost, I read somewhere recently that someone overhear shipped 24 cans of beans and six jars of branston pickle from Dover and the cost was well over 60! I would suggest anything done commercially is just not viable unless you get into shipping containers! As you mentioned you are not looking for huge quantities it would work out cheeper to source locally from somewhere like drinkshop.com over in the uk.

    If it is really small quantities I.e the odd bottle now and again there are a fair number of expats / visitors who would, for a small consideration be willing to bring over a bottle or two when flying home. I would suggest you post requests for people to pm you.

    The only other suggestion would be to find a company that already ships booze from the DR to uk and contact them to see if they would put a small parcel aside for you, however, you will still be into a bonded where house situation when the staff lands in the uk and you will need to pay import duty and at to get it out of bond.

    Sorry I could not be more helpful, hope it helps!
    Last edited by Mark Lloyd; 06-16-2011 at 06:12 PM. Reason: Grammar!

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    I can't find taxcosts anywhere, wish this was easier. We can get brugal here fir 20 a litre but hubby thinks it's a rip off and he can get 5 litre cans for 15 in DR. Just wondering if it would be viable to get it sent over.

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