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Nicaragua Import Regs.: Documentation/Customs Procedures

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Nicaragua Import Regs.: Documentation/Customs Procedures

Postby bridgat » Tue Nov 18, 2008 5:57 am

Required Documentation according to origin of goods:


Central America

FTAs

Rest of the world
FAUCA customs declaration
X

X

X
Commercial invoice
X

X
Transport document
X

X

X
Declaration of value
X

X
Certificate of origin
X

Fiscal solvency (importer)
X

X

X
Payment document (importer)
X

X

X
Special permits (for restricted products)
X

X

X
Exemption (where applicable)
X

X

X
Source: WTO


Special documentation is required for certain types of products.

Pharmaceuticals must obtain a sanitary registration from the Ministry of Health, must be packaged for retail distribution and dosages must be clearly indicated.

Food products must meet phytosanitary and labeling requirements. Those products that meet U.S. standards are generally accepted in the Nicaraguan market without need for further certification.

Customs Procedures

Importers must use the services of a licensed customs agent. Article 17 of the CAUCA regulations (RECAUCA), however, determines a number of cases in which the services of a customs agent are optional (for example, imports by the Government or municipalities, or through postal or courier services for goods not exceeding US$1,000).

Within the CACM, the International Customs Transit Regime Illustrative Declaration Form Resolution No. 65-2001 (COMRIEDRE). sets out the rules for international customs overland transit. The national regulations implementing these rules can be found in the regulations on the International Customs Overland Transit Regime.

Certificates of Origin

Nicaragua does not apply any non-preferential rules of origin and has no relevant legislation. Preferential rules of origin only apply under trade agreements it has signed. They are based on the substantial transformation criterion, notably a change in tariff classification; value added and other criteria such as de minimis prices, expendable goods, inter alia, are used to a lesser extent. Under these agreements, a certificate of origin must be submitted when seeking preferential tariff treatment, except in the case of the CACM, where origin is certified in the import document (customs form).
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