More Costs in Times of Crisis

Since April 25, the Ortega administration in Nicaragua is charging an additional fee of $0.05 for each kilogram exported or imported by air.

Friday, May 3, 2019

For the country's business sector, the charge applied by the Nicaraguan government has some local companies on the verge of closure and will cause a drop of about $50 million annually.

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Mabel Arévalo, manager of the export company of okra Agro España Nicaragua, told that "... that new charge is added to another of $13 for the issuance of a phytosanitary certificate by the Institute of Agricultural Protection and Health, which was already included in the fees, plus $5 for electronic transmission in each export policy."

Representatives of different business chambers said that "... this charge is arbitrary and will further affect the competitiveness of Nicaragua's export and business sector, as this charge for airport cargo security inspection has long been paid to the General Directorate of Customs Services."

This new charge joins the tax reform approved this year in the country, since in February the National Assembly approved a tax reform that raises from 1% to 3% the income tax of large taxpayers.

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