Country Commercial Guide
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.
National Trade Estimate
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.
Overseas Security Advisory Council
Buying Property in Nicaragua
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.
Information for U.S. Agricultural Exporters
The Embassy’s Office of Agricultural Affairs offers a variety of services to U.S. companies to facilitate U.S. agricultural trade with Nicaragua.
Doing Business in Nicaragua
Free Trade Agreement
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.
Top Economic Statistics for Nicaragua
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).