Dominican Republic - Country Commercial Guide
Automobile Parts

This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.

Last published date: 2021-09-05

Overview

In the Dominican Republic, the demand for automotive spare parts is linked to the aging car population and the deterioration of local streets and roads.  For example, 95.2 percent of automobiles in the DR were manufactured in 2014 or before and 90.2 percent of SUVs were manufactured in 2016 or before.   

 

2020

2021

(estimated)

Total Market Size

89

85

Total Local Production

4

4

Total Exports

2

2

Total Imports

87

83

Imports from the U.S.

56.6

54

Unit: (Millions of U.S. Dollars)

Exchange rate: RD$57.70 – US$1

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, Economic Indicators Division (USTradeOnline)

Statistics from the Department of Economic Studies of the Internal Revenue Directorate of the Dominican Republic show that, as of December 2020, there are 4.84 million vehicles circulating in the Dominican Republic, reflecting a 4.5 percent increase from 2019.

Out of this total vehicle population:

  • 55.7 percent are motorcycles (2,695,457)
  • 20.5 percent are automobiles (994,301)
  • 10.7 percent are SUV’s (516,912)
  • 9.5 percent are trucks and pick-up trucks (458,762)
  • 3.6 percent are buses, heavy equipment, etc. (176,935)

There is a significant car population imported from Asia, 63.6 percent of vehicles in the Dominican roads are made in Japan; 12.3 percent are made in the U.S., and 11.2 percent are from South Korea.  Nevertheless, 65 percent of all automotive spare parts (including Asian products) are imported from the U.S. because of proximity and logistics considerations.  Although there is local production of batteries and radiators, it only accounts for a small percentage of the total market, while imports supply the rest.

Imported Vehicles

 

 

Country of Origin

Market Share

Leading Brands

Japan

63.6%

Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Suzuki

U.S.

12.3%

Ford, Chevrolet, Jeep

South Korea

11.2%

Hyundai, Kia, Ssangyong

Europe

6.7%

France: Renault, Peugeot

Italy: Fiat

Germany: Volkswagen, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Audi, Porsche

Other countries

6.2%

 

Leading Sub-Sectors

  • Automotive Tires and Tubes
  • Batteries
  • Electrical components
  • Motorcycle spare parts 
  • Body parts and accessories  
  • Brakes and parts
  • Drive-train parts (suspension shock absorbers, steering wheels)
  • Engines and electrical parts for motor engines
  • Used parts
  • Diagnostic equipment
  • Opportunities

Because of the prevalence of Asian made vehicles in the Dominican vehicle population, importation of spare parts for those vehicles represents opportunities for American exporters.  Likewise, the large number of motorcycles in Dominican cities provides a constant demand for motorcycle spare parts.

Resources

Maria Elena Portorreal, Regional Senior Commercial Specialist: maria.portorreal@trade.gov 
Report on the Dominican Vehicle Population (Parque Vehicular):  https://dgii.gov.do/estadisticas/parqueVehicular/