Nicaragua - Country Commercial Guide
Temporary Entry

Discusses requirements for products entering the country/economy temporarily. Includes information on warranty and non-warranty items shipped for repairs.  

Last published date: 2020-08-21

Under the National Treatment and Market Access for Goods Chapter of CAFTA-DR, Nicaragua must provide duty-free temporary admission for products such as professional equipment, goods for display or demonstration, and commercial samples.  The Chapter also includes specific provisions on the international transit of vehicles and containers.

The Ministry of Development, Industry and Trade, through the National Export Commission is responsible for administering Nicaragua’s Temporary Admission Law (https://www.mific.gob.ni/language/en-US/Inicio) which defines the circumstances under which merchandise may be imported duty free, primarily in the case of re-export after a transformative process, repair, or alteration.  This law applies only to companies that directly or indirectly export at least 25 percent of total production (no lower than US $50,000 per year).  The Nicaraguan Customs Authority is responsible for applying this law, and additional information is available by writing to cnpe@mific.gob.ni.