Nicaragua: New Charges for Customs Inspections

Approval has been given to the amendment to the law on scanned inspections which replaces the rate of 0.26% on the value of the goods with a fixed fee of $70 for goods exceeding $2,000 and $20 for goods valued at between $500 and $2000.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Goods under the free zone regime, which are transported by land or sea, will pay $30 and goods transported via air will have a rate of $25, while perishable cargo has a fixed rate of $20.

The text of the new law provides exemptions from payment of the Customs Security Service for the following:

A. customs declarations for entry of goods with a CIF value exceeding five hundred US dollars (U.S. $500.00).

B. customs declarations for the exit of goods with a FOB value exceeding five hundred US dollars (U.S. $500.00); C. import and export of hydrocarbons and their derivatives which enter the national customs territory by sea and are unloaded into storage tanks on land via oil or gas pipelines.

D. measures and equipment necessary to ensure national security and defense, entering the country by land, air or water; E. cargo vehicles in international traffic condition, empty or in ballast entering or leaving the country;
F. embassies, missions and international organizations which have signed reciprocal agreements with the country.

The law adds that "...The exemption of payment of the SSA rate does not release from, or imply a decrease of, the exercise of the authority of customs offices over people, goods and means of transport, through the application of the non-intrusive inspection service. "



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