Nicaragua: Ad Valorem Scanning Fee Removed

The government has committed to remove the fee of 0.26% on the value of goods for inspecting cargo via scanner.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

"What is (now) our responsibility is to finish reviewing what will happen with the mechanism, what the cost will be, which we are defining. We are seeing what will happen to exports, imports from free zones, what will happen with international traffic, but what is noteworthy is that what has been agreed is an elimination of the ad valorem (tax)," said President of the Superior Council of Private Enterprise (Cosep), Joseph Adam Aguerri.

"The elimination of the tax means that the rules of the World Trade Organization (WTO) will be respected and the also of the treaties we have, such as the Association Agreement with the European Union," he added.

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Ad Valorem Fee for Container Inspections

August 2013

The Scanner Act in Nicaragua goes against the regulations of the World Trade Organization and the Association Agreement with the European Union.

This was stated by the head of the EU delegation to the region, Javier Sandomingo. "The problem with the proposed payment outlined in the new Scanner Act is that it is to be applied ad valorem (related to the value) while the service provided by customs offices will be the same regardless of the value of the goods," he said.

Complaints Against Scanning Fee Based on Cargo Value

July 2013

The collection of an ad valorem rate for the cargo inspection service in Panamanian customs offices violate the Customs Facilitation Agreement of the World Trade Organization.

"The uncertainty generated by this measure has been rising since the National Customs Authority (ANA by its initials in Spanish) convened a tender in March.

Nicaragua: Concession of Customs Scanning Service

June 2013

In Nicaragua the Concession Act for Non Intrusive Inspection has been approved, allowing the award for a period of 15 years of a contract to a Panamanian company.

According to the deputy Jenny Martinez, with the award (prior to approval of the Act) the company Alvimer Internacional are ensuring the use of modern technology scanners to move goods, which will save time for the commercial sector and therefore also save money.

Single Declaration Form for Central American Customs

May 2013

Preparations are being made for a single form that will streamline customs trade ahead of the entry into force of the Association Agreement between Central America and the European Union.

According to the president of the Superior Council of Private Enterprise (Cosep), Joseph Adam Aguerri, already working on this issue are the Central American Integration System (SICA), and the Secretariat of Central American Economic Integration (SIEC). They are working "on a unified customs document that aims to concentrate all imports and exports," added Aguerri.

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