Business Links

The 2015 Country Commercial Guide, updated yearly, presents a comprehensive overview of the commercial environment in Nicaragua. Sections include the Investment Climate Statement and an analysis of Leading Sectors for U.S. Export and Investment.

The National Trade Estimate Report (PDF 81 KB) on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE) is the an annual series that highlights significant foreign barriers to U.S. exports. This document is a companion piece to the President’s Trade Policy Agenda published by U.S. Trade Representative in March.

The Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) promotes security cooperation between American private-sector interests worldwide and the U.S. Department of State. More…

Before purchasing property in Nicaragua, there are a few precautions to consider. It is essential to conduct in-depth due diligence.  Further information can be found in the Embassy’s Due Diligence Advisory.

Working with the Department of Commerce’s Foreign Commercial Service, the U.S. Embassy in Managua is able to provide certain Commercial Services to interested U.S. entities.

The Embassy’s Office of Agricultural Affairs offers a variety of services to U.S. companies to facilitate U.S. agricultural trade with Nicaragua.

A report by the World Bank on the Ease of Doing Business in Nicaragua:
http://www.doingbusiness.org/data/exploreeconomies/nicaragua.

The Dominican Republic – Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), which came into effect in 2006, has created many valuable opportunities for U.S. exporters, importers and investors. Further information on CAFTA_DR can be found on the FTA Tariff Tool which allows users to see how individual products are treated under CAFTA-DR.

This World Fact Book report covers all of Nicaragua’s key economic indicators.

For information on visiting Nicaragua, please visit the Embassy’s website, Traveling in Nicaragua section.

Travel Advisories
Make sure to check the current State Department Travel Warnings. More information can also be found on through the Embassy’s Messages for U.S. Citizens.

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is an important anti-corruption tool designed to discourage corrupt business practices in favor of free and fair markets. The FCPA prohibits promising, offering, giving or authorizing giving anything of value to a foreign government official where the purpose is to obtain or retain business.  These prohibitions apply to U.S. persons, both individuals and companies, and companies that are listed on U.S. exchanges. The statute also requires companies publicly traded in the U.S. to keep accurate books and records and implement appropriate internal controls.

For More information on the FCPA, please visit its website.

A party to a transaction seeking to know whether a proposed course of conduct would violate the FCPA can take advantage of the opinion procedure established by the statue.  Within 30 days of receiving a description of a proposed course of conduct in writing, the Attorney General will provide the party with a written opinion on whether the proposed conduct would violate the FCPA.  Not only do opinions provide the requesting party with a rebuttable presumption that the conduct does not violate the FCPA, but DOJ publishes past opinions which can provide guidance for other companies facing similar situations.

More information on the DOJ opinion procedure can be found on this document (PDF 67 KB).