Exporting guide to Nicaragua

Overview

Nicaragua is a Central American country bordered by Honduras to the north west, the Caribbean to the east, Costa Rica to the south and the Pacific Ocean to the south west. It's main industries include agriculture and tourism.

Increasingly globalised country

In recent years, Nicaragua has joined regional, multilateral and bilateral agreements, showing a clear interest in globalisation. The country is currently part of the Central American Common Market (MCCA) and has also established free trade agreements with several countries.

UK-Central America association agreement

The UK has signed the UK-Central America association agreement which includes Nicaragua. Read our latest updates for more information on the status of this agreement and how it may benefit your business.

Nicaragua market

Nicaragua: at a glance

Economic growth

-2.0%

Actual figure (IMF, 2020)
The UK is -9.3% (IMF, 2020, actual figure)

GDP per capita

$1,943

Actual figure (IMF, 2020)
The UK is $41,127 (IMF, 2020, projected figure)

Currency

Nicaraguan Córdoba

Business languages

Spanish

You may need a translator

Time zone

GMT - 6

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Check duties and customs

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Next steps

DIT can advise you on doing business abroad, and help put you in touch with other people who can help such as lawyers and distributors.