Exporting guide to Nicaragua


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 had a population of 6.4 million in 2018 (IMF, 2019). In the year to June 2019, the total trade in goods and services between the UK and Nicaragua amounted to £63 million. However, due to social and political unrest, the Nicaraguan economy contracted by 3.8% in 2018 (IMF, 2018).

Demand for UK goods and services

UK exports to Nicaragua have continued to grow. They totalled £22 million in the year up to June 2019, an increase of 37.5% on the previous year (ONS, 2019). The best opportunities for UK exporters in the country are currently available in the mining, agriculture, renewables and infrastructure sectors.

Demand for goods and services

In the year to end June 2019, the leading types of goods imported by Nicaragua from the UK were toilet and cleansing preparations, metal manufactures, chemicals, industrial machinery and electric motors (ONS, 2019). The top services imported by the country in the same year were transport, travel, business services, and insurance and pension services (ONS, 2019). If your business provides these goods and services, Nicaragua could be a good market for you.

Nicaragua market

Nicaragua: at a glance


Nicaraguan Córdoba

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GDP per capita


UK is $46,200 (IMF, 2021, projected figures)

Economic growth


(IMF, 2021, projected figures)

Time zone

GMT - 6

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