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Doing Business in Nicaragua

Ambassador Laura F. Dogu official portraitAmbassador Laura F. Dogu

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 enquiries.

Business Links

  • 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 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.
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    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...
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    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 and through the Embassy’s Property Office.

  • 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:

  • 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 Embassy’s Economic and Commercial Section, as well as through the FTA Tariff Tool which allows users to see how individual products are treated under CAFTA-DR.

  • 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
    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.

  • 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.

    More information on the DOJ opinion procedure can be found on this document

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    The Business Information Database System (BIDS) gives U.S. businesses up to the minute information about significant foreign government and multilateral development bank procurements. Through an interactive map interface, businesses can find new export opportunities, validated by U.S. government economic and commercial experts overseas. Public and private partners can link to or download BIDS data for matchmaking, analysis, or other purposes.

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    Direct Line for American Business

    The Direct Line for American Business program connects U.S. businesses and American Ambassadors and U.S. mission personnel overseas, making you part of our "country team." You will get up to the minute information on markets vital to your business, and learn about new sectors and tenders to help you expand your business.

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