Nicaraguan Customs Offices Obstructs Trade

Entrepreneurs and drivers and transporters indicate that there are a lot of inconveniences in the customs office at Port Corinto.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Truckers for example, complain of constant fines, confiscation of vans and goods without any legal reason. They are also required to pay for stays in the harbor of Punta Icaco because front loading machines are only available at night.

Another complaint is that customs officials charge fines for even minor details in the paperwork. They also retain vehicles, generating other costs because of delays or lay overs until they are released. "Everything results in a fine here (in Puerto Corinto) and in dollars. Over time (by the staff is in fashion here because in business hours there are not always containers and they always wait for night time to charge," said one of the drivers who did not give his name.

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