Nicaragua: Changes in Charges for Customs Inspections

If the proposed amendment to the Scanner Act is approved, the fee to be charged will be $70 on merchandise worth over $2,000 and $20 on goods ranging in value from $500 to $2000.

Friday, June 6, 2014

In addition, there will be a fee of $25 on freight from the free zone declared in air customs offices and $30 of free zone goods declared in land and maritime customs offices. The Reform Act also eliminates the Scanner tax of 0.26% of the total value of goods declared, a canon which had been described by the private sector as a violation of national and international trade rules.

"... The President of the Superior Council of Private Enterprise (COSEP), Jose Adam Aguerri, told the press that the changes were agreed in negotiations with the government, but there are issues that need to be refined such as the mechanism of differentiated service received by companies in the Free Zone. 'The new rates are in line with the reality of the amounts of customs declarations policies in the country.' "

"... The reform also expands to 20-years the concession for providing the scanning service for goods in customs posts in Nicaragua, held by the Alvimer Internacional y Compañía Limitada ... and reduced to 5%, the amount which the Directorate General of Customs (DGA) will receive from the total funds raised by Alvimer for providing the service. Originally the DGA would have received 10%."

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The company Alvimer Internacional announced on January 18 the start of operation of the new technology for container inspections.

The border points which will have inspection scanners are Puerto Corinto, El Guasaule, El Espino, Peñas Blancas, San Pancho and Central de Cargas del Aeropuerto Internacional Augusto C. Sandino de Managua.

Excessive Cost of Goods Inspection Service

June 2013

The concessionaire in charge of scanning services in Nicaraguan customs offices would recover its investment in 15 months and earn $220 million in the 15 year contract.

From all this money, 10% will go to the Directorate General of Customs (DGA). According to preliminary calculations made ​​by the Nicaraguan private sector, the company will invest about $22.4 million in the seven scanners to be installed in each of the seven Nicaragua customs offices, recovering its investment in just 15 months.

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.

Nicaragua: Fixed Rate to be Charged for Customs Scanning

June 2013

The government has recognized that it was a mistake charging for the scanner service based on the value of the cargo.

The presidential adviser for economic affairs, Bayardo Arce, believes the head of the Directorate General of Customs (DGA), Eddy Medrano, may have overstepped the mark in approving a contract with the company Alvimer Internacional y Compañía Limitada on the right to collect on the declared value of the goods that pass through the scanner system to be installed in the country's customs offices.

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