Expulsion of US Officials Affects Exports

The non-renewal of export licenses is the first in a series of negative consequences for Nicaragua for the expulsion of two customs consultants and academics who came to discuss the project of the Grand Canal.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Nicaragua has been left with unrenewed certificates for exports of coffee and textiles to the United States after the government decided to expel three US government officials.

Among those affected is a textile company in the free zone, which is unable to complete the process of recertification, and will have to suspend its exports to the US market. The certification is issued by the US government to expedite the entry of goods into their territory and facilitate inspection processes at customs.

The president of the Superior Council of Private Enterprise (COSEP), Joseph Adan Aguerri told Elnuevodiario.com.ni that "... since the expulsion of two US officials last Wednesday, the certification processes has been stopped 'until a new mechanism is established to ensure that such situations do not happen again in the country'."

The president of the Coffee Exporters Association of Nicaragua (Excan), José Angel Buitrago, said that "... the removal of officials could affect coffee exports in the future. 'I understand that two of the officials came to work in Customs, so far everything remains the same, but the potential danger is that the United States decides to implement more requirements and gives us problems because we would not be able to export if we are not certified'."

The ambassador of Nicaragua in Washington, Francisco Campbell, has issued a note to the US government stating: "The Embassy of the Republic of Nicaragua, addressing the Government of the United States of America cordially greets the U.S. State Department and refers to the unfortunate incident yesterday which forced us to remove two U.S. government officials, who, using official passports, were carrying out security tasks and certification of Customs and transit of goods, to the United States, related to the fight against terrorism. This activity was done without knowledge, and / or proper coordination with the Nicaraguan authorities, which, as must be understood, is very delicate and sensitive."

No explanation has been given for the expulsion of Professor Evan Ellis, a member of the Institute of Strategic Studies at the US Army War College, who apparently was going to carry out academic research on the inter-oceanic canal that Nicaragua is building.

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