Exports of medical equipment from the Dominican Republic are gaining ground in the international market. Such export are reaching as far away as Thailand, Japan, France, Ireland, without leaving aside the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Shipments of medical devices from free zones have grown over 27% in the past five years, becoming the main export sector within the free zone regime, with exports exceeding US$ 1.280 billion in 2014. These figures make the Dominican Republic the third largest exporter of medical devices in Latin America and the fifth largest supplier to the United States.
Currently, a total of 28 companies operate in the Free Zones sector; engaged in the manufacture of medical devices and generating more than 19,000 direct jobs , with growth projections of more than 5,000 direct jobs in the next five years. Companies manufacture products with high added- value as are pacemakers, laparoscopy instruments, biopsy needle and cardiovascular valves, among others.