While apparel is the leading industry, the focus is also shifting to other areas of production, including electrical products, cigars, medical instruments, and pharmaceuticals. It is not just the manufacturing industries, but also the services sector in the free trade zones which are growing; typical industries include telecommunications, marketing, and travel agencies. All in all, these zones keep attracting foreign investors. This is also due to the fact that local companies outside of the free trade zones are integrated with free zone operations. Exporters with producers located outside the free trade zones benefit from a special free zone status.
The Port of San Pedro de Macoris and Manzanillo port are smaller ports which predominantly handle industrial and agricultural cargo. The Port of San Pedro is located at the mouth of the Higuamo River in the southeast while Manzanillo Port is located in the northwestern province of Monte Cristi close to the Haitian border. As well as the cargo terminals, many ports have terminals for cruise ships as well. The Port of Santo Domingo, for example, accommodates both cargo and passengers via its two modern terminals.