Nicaragua Abolishes Freight Charges

Local authorities announced that as of March 7, cargo vehicles traveling through the country from Costa Rica will no longer pay $50 at Nicaraguan customs.

Monday, March 9, 2020

On March 15, 2019, Nicaraguan authorities began to charge a customs tax on the transport of cargo in transit or with a final destination in the country. This tax consisted of the payment of $50 for each unit of merchandise transport that passed through the land customs.

From the beginning Costa Rica opposed the collection of this tax and in August 2019 resorted to the mechanism of Central American Trade Dispute Settlement, requesting the abolishment of this payment.

After reaching agreements, the authorities of the Ministry of Development, Industry and Commerce (MIFIC) of Nicaragua, announced that the collection was eliminated. reports that "... Jesús Bermúdez, vice-minister of MIFIC, explained that 'in compliance with the agreements established on September 2 of last year, in this process of dispute resolution between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, as Nicaragua today will issue a technical circular by the General Directorate of Customs to also eliminate the copper that Nicaragua had to Costa Rican land transporters."

The article adds that the official document details that "... Starting at 0.1 hours on March 7, 2020, the charge of $50 for the registration of the declaration of temporary importance of means of cargo transport, established in numeral 3 of technical circular 042 of 2019 of February 28, 2019, will be eliminated."

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