Getting Started

With its growing economy and membership in the Central American-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), Nicaragua offers many opportunities to the informed investor.  The U.S. Embassy in Managua looks forward to supporting U.S. firms as they seek business, trade and investment opportunities in Nicaragua’s economy.

As with any new environment, before beginning business in Nicaragua, interested parties should conduct serious research, particularly when considering purchasing property.  The links below will start you on the road to getting to know Nicaragua, and the Embassy’s officers are available to assist with further inquiries.

Country Commercial Guide

The 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.

Due Diligence

U.S. citizens should be aware of the risks of purchasing real estate in Nicaragua and should exercise extreme caution before committing to invest in property. Please bear in mind that property cases in Nicaragua are under the jurisdiction of Nicaraguan authorities. More…

Buying Property and Property Disputes in Nicaragua

U.S. citizens should be aware of the risks of purchasing real estate in Nicaragua and should exercise extreme caution before committing to invest in property. More…

National Trade Estimate

The National Trade Estimate Report 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

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

Commercial Services

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.

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

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

Free Trade Agreement

Nicaraguan exports to the United States have increased by approximately 70% since the United States – Central America – Dominican Republic – Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) went into effect for the United States and Nicaragua on April 1, 2006. Other signatories of the agreement are Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. CAFTA-DR creates the second-largest U.S. export market in Latin America, behind only Mexico. More…

Top Economic Statistics for Nicaragua

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

Visiting Nicaragua

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

Travel Advisories and Announcements

Make sure to check the current State Department’s Safety and Security Messages. More information can also be found through the Embassy’s Messages for U.S. Citizens.

Intellectual Property

The protection of intellectual property rights is a key priority for the United States. IP crimes cost businesses and governments billions of dollars every year, discourage innovation and research, and even put human and animal life in danger. More…

FCPA

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.

Nicaragua Websites