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Freight and shipping in Dominica is predominantly transported by sea, due to the limited size of the nation’s airports. Dominica Air and Sea Ports Authority (DASPA) is the main organisation responsible for the infrastructure for the freight and shipping industries. The country’s ports are located at Woodbridge Bay, Portsmouth and in the capital of Roseau, the main artery for almost all foreign trade. Port Roseau is a small harbour with a channel of 76 feet or 23.3 meters and a cargo pier of 36-40 feet or 11-12.2 meters. Container liner services operating in the port include the global firm Mediterranean Shipping Company, Geest Line, Kestrel Liner Agencies Ltd, Cory Brothers Shipping Agency Ltd and Ram Shipping Services. The majority of the merchant marine operating in the country is foreign owned.

The limited air freight services operate out of the primary airport, Melville Hall Airport. The American cargo airline Amerijet International provides services into and out of the island.

Dominica is a net importer – in 2010 imports of goods were valued at €0.4 billion, whilst exports of goods were valued at €0.1 billion. The import market was dominated by Japan, with a share of 45.4%, followed by the United States and Trinidad and Tobago with 13.6% and 10.8% respectively. Correspondingly, the majority of exports are sent to Japan, with a 40.6% share in 2010, followed by Antigua and Barbuda and Jamaica with shares of 9.1% and 8.0%.

Major courier firms, such as TNT, UPS and DHL, operate in the country almost exclusively through local firms and agents, which are primarily based in Roseau. Examples of these local firms/agents include Liat 1974 Ltd., H.H.V. Whitchurch & C. Ltd, Gee Shipping Agents and Wyllis Service.

The Ministry of Public Works, Energy and Ports is responsible for the sector. Its monitors and coordinates activities in the ports, as well as the operations of the postal services. The Dominica Employers’ Federation’s Shipping Group represents players in the sector and is a member of the Caribbean Shipping Association.

Freight, Shipping and Logistics organisations in Dominica
DEXIA
Dominica Export Import Agency (DEXIA)
Dominica Port Authority