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    Default Customs Christmas Exemption Began Dec 1st

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    Christmas tax exemptions start 1 December

    The Customs Agency (DGA) announced that the import Christmas tax exemption is in effect beginning on 1 December 2019 through 7 January 2020. The exception allows Dominicans that live abroad and return to visit family and friends for the Christmas holidays to bring gifts worth up to US$3,000 for the holidays. The ex-pats need to be able to prove they have not visited over the past six months.

    https://noticiassin.com/gracia-navid...-de-diciembre/
    https://listindiario.com/economia/20...es-mil-dolares

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlterEgo View Post
    From DR1 news:

    Christmas tax exemptions start 1 December

    The Customs Agency (DGA) announced that the import Christmas tax exemption is in effect beginning on 1 December 2019 through 7 January 2020. The exception allows Dominicans that live abroad and return to visit family and friends for the Christmas holidays to bring gifts worth up to US$3,000 for the holidays. The ex-pats need to be able to prove they have not visited over the past six months.

    https://noticiassin.com/gracia-navid...-de-diciembre/
    https://listindiario.com/economia/20...es-mil-dolares
    Thanks for the info.

    I have never seen them actually check that 6 month rule at STI. Do they?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luperon View Post
    Thanks for the info.

    I have never seen them actually check that 6 month rule at STI. Do they?
    Yes, they do all over all airports, thats a custom job, its good for limited period in christmas only.

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    I have seen people mention that they just go to, for example the US on a short trip, do some shopping and take advantage of the exemption despite not actually living abroad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by windeguy View Post
    I have seen people mention that they just go to, for example the US on a short trip, do some shopping and take advantage of the exemption despite not actually living abroad.
    Up to 3,000.00 is only for Dominicans living aboard, as normal traveler you can bring up to 500.00 dollars in gifts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luperon View Post
    Thanks for the info.

    I have never seen them actually check that 6 month rule at STI. Do they?
    We've come in through SDQ many, many times during this exemption period. We've seen a parade of boxed flat screen TVs coming off the baggage carousel and everyone apparently just walking out with them. I'm not convinced they actually are checking, but the last couple of trips I did actually see several people pulled aside with their suitcases open for inspection. Gave me flashbacks to the old days.

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    It is so cheap to fly to Miami from Santiago it is almost worthwhile going for Christmas shopping. Especially if you go somewhere like Sawgrass Mills outlet center. That place is HUGE and there are always amazing specials. I did nearly all my Christmas shopping there in September. I paid U$205 return from Santiago to Miami, you can take the Tri Rail to Fort Lauderdale for a few dollars and then just take a cab or Uber to Sawgrass or you could even fly into Fort Lauderdale but that is with Spirit, and they were terrible!

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    Then why are they holding up a $125 phone at aduana then?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derfish View Post
    Then why are they holding up a $125 phone at aduana then?
    Are you talking about internet shopping? Is not the same case but they must think the value of the phone is not 125.00

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derfish View Post
    Then why are they holding up a $125 phone at aduana then?
    Importing via freight forwarders is not the topic here. This is about people flying in with items.

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