If you declare it as merchandise it actually pays a 35% tariff. After the tariff reform now being discussed in Congress is approved it will only pay 20%.
If you declare it as your personal luggage it would not pay duty at all, but the customs officers have the authority to ask you to open your luggage and to evaluate if the clothing is for commercial purposes or not, and if they consider that all or part of your luggage is commercial merchandise, they can charge you the corresponding tariff.
The value used for applying the tariff is based on their estimate, but there is a GATT valuation reform in process that will oblige them to charge you based on the commercial invoice. So travel with your commercial invoice if you don't want them to arbitrarily estimate the value of your merchandise.
It also depends on the quantity of clothes your are carrying and the time you will spend. For example, nobody will probably ask you questions if you come for say 30 days and bring 12-15 suits or dresses; you might be a socialite, a model or just dressy. But if you are coming for a week or are bringing in other gender than your's clothes in large quantities, you are tempting the devil.
Sorry...No news on this. The DR Congress failed to meet today to agree on the new tariff and tax package. Maybe Tomorrow. Supposedly they need to approve something before the 31st of December. If not, the Government would have no budget and would have to start running on last years budget numbers---which spells out a mess.
As soon as something happens I'll post it. Be patient and monitor this message board.
T SHIRTS WILL NOW PAY A 20% CUSTOMS DUTY (TARIFF).
SHIRTS WILL ALSO PAY 20%
A FINISHED CD WILL ALSO PAY 20%,
BUT BLANK CDs SHOULD PAY 8%---YOU SHOULD CONFIRM THIS WITH CUSTOMS --- IF THEY CONSIDER IT AN INTERMEDDIATE PRODUCT NOT PRODUCED IN THE DR IT WILL ONLY PAY 8%, BUT IF THEY CONSIDER IT A CLOSE SUBSTITUTE OF BLANK MUSIC TAPES, CASSETTES, ETC, THEY COULD WANT TO CHARGE 14%.
HOWEVER, AS INPUTS OF COMPUTER SOFTWARE/HARDWARE YOU COULD GET AWAY WITH PAYING 0%, YES---ZERO PERCENT TARIFF; SO DO CONSULT WITH DR CUSTOMS.