Crisis Causes Delays in Customs

The business sector in Nicaragua has denounced the fact that customs control processes for goods are taking longer than normal, due to the fact that the authorities are carrying out "security" inspections.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Before the start of the socio-political crisis, the risk management system, whose function is to determine how much imported merchandise should be inspected, operated at random and inspected 20% of total purchases coming from abroad. However, in recent months authorities have chosen to inspect all of the merchandise, generating significant delays at customs enclosures.  

Rosendo Mayorga, president of the Chamber of Commerce and Services of Nicaragua (CCSN), told that " ... 'The situation at Customs is chaotic every day, all of the goods are being treated as red alerts. We are looking at how to solve this, because the effect is not only to hinder access of products which are first necessity for the country, but also, all of the expenses incurred by the merchant because of delays at customs will be reflected in the final price of the products'."

For his part Dean Garcia, executive director of the Nicaraguan Association of the Textile and Apparel Industry, explained that " ... some importers have looked at how to extend the import periods, in order to have a margin and not have problems. 'If we used to do an import with an anticipated time frame of a week, now we do it with anticipation of it being 8 to 10 days, taking into consideration that this container is going to experience some delay due to inspection issues'."

In relation to imports, these have fallen, since according to the most recent figures from the Central Bank of Nicaragua in June, purchases abroad amounted to $373 million, 30% less than was registered in the same month in 2017.

See the history of the crisis in Nicaragua.

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