Nicaragua to Charge for Freight Transportation

The Nicaraguan authorities plan to impose a customs tax on the transport of cargo in transit or with final destination in the country as of March 15.

Friday, March 8, 2019

The resolution that will allow the collection was signed last February 28 by the general director of the General Directorate of Customs Services of Nicaragua, however, the authorities still do not specify the amount required from carriers.

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Marvin Altamirano, president of the Nicaraguan Transporters Association (ATN), told that "... the customs tax was recommended by them several years ago because it is unfair that Nicaraguan truck drivers have to pay to travel in other countries and not to do so in Nicaragua."

Altamirano added that "... Costa Rica does not recognize the Single Transit Document (SUT) for international transit although it is involved in the issue of integration, so we make a document called Single Customs Document (SAD). The rest of the countries do recognize it, but you still have to pay."

According to the president of the Nicaraguan guild in Costa Rica, they are charged $50 for the DUA, $65 for the DUT Honduras with a two-axle harrow and $81 if it is a three-axle harrow, El Salvador $15 and Guatemala $20.

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