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Dominican Republic

DR FlagU.S.-Dominican Republic Trade Facts

Dominican Republic is currently our 40th largest goods trading partner with $12 billion in total (two way) goods trade during 2015. Goods exports totaled $7.1 billion; goods imports totaled $4.7 billion. The U.S. goods trade surplus with Dominican Republic was $2.5 billion in 2015.

According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. exports of goods to Dominican Republic supported an estimated 37 thousand jobs in 2014 (latest data available).

Exports

  • Dominican Republic was the United States' 34th largest goods export market in 2015.
     
  • U.S. goods exports to Dominican Republic in 2015 were $7.1 billion, down 9.9% ($788 million) from 2014 but up 51% from 2005. U.S. exports to Dominican Republic are up 33.3% from 2006 (pre-FTA).
     
  • The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2015 were: mineral fuels ($1.1 billion), electrical machinery ($583 million), machinery ($575 million), plastics ($456 million), and vehicles ($451 million).
     
  • U.S. exports of agricultural products to Dominican Republic totaled $1.1 billion in 2015, our 23rd largest agricultural export market. Leading categories include: soybean meal ($190 million), tobacco ($100 million), wheat ($93 million), soybean oil ($87 million), and corn ($86 million).

Imports

  • Dominican Republic was the United States' 45th largest supplier of goods imports in 2015.
     
  • U.S. goods imports from Dominican Republic totaled $4.7 billion in 2015, up 3.1% ($140 million) from 2014, and up 1.2% from 2005. U.S. imports from Dominican Republic are up 2.8% from 2006 (pre-FTA). U.S. imports from Dominican Republic are up 2.8% from 2006 (pre-FTA).
     
  • The top import categories (2-digit HS) in 2015 were: optical and medical instruments ($859 million), tobacco ($614 million), electrical machinery ($491 million), knit apparel ($472 million), and precious metal and stone (jewelry) ($349 million).
     
  • U.S. imports of agricultural products from Dominican Republic totaled $413 million in 2015, our 44th largest supplier of agricultural imports. Leading categories include: raw beet & cane sugar ($94 million), cocoa beans ($81 million), processed fruit & vegetables ($34 million), sugars, sweeteners, bev bases ($34 million), and fresh vegetables ($32 million).

Trade Balance

  • The U.S. goods trade surplus with Dominican Republic was $2.5 billion in 2015, a 27.3% decrease ($928 million) over 2014.

Investment

  • U.S. foreign direct investment (FDI) in Dominican Republic (stock) was $1.2 billion in 2014 (latest data available), a 3.5% increase from 2013. U.S. direct investment in Dominican Republic is led by manufacturing, information, and wholesale trade.
     
  • No data on Dominican Republic's FDI in the U.S. are available.
     
  • Sales of services in Dominican Republic by majority U.S.-owned affiliates were $1.6 billion in 2013 (latest data available).

NOTE: No services trade data with Dominican Republic are available.