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Import/Export

Germany to Nicaragua

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Import Documentation

A Certificate of Origin is needed for perishable products like canned products, products in cartons or plastics, grains, food, etc.
A Phytosanitary Certificate is needed for perishable products like canned products, products in cartons or plastics, grains, food, etc.
Goods under IATA Special Provisions A67 require a MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet).

It is not required for all, however shipments can be held by local authority in United Arab Emirates after screening due to lack of MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) or NON DG (Dangerous Goods) declaration letter from the shipper resulting to misconnections and impacting end-to-end service.

It would be advisable for all shipments originating, transiting and terminating for UAE to have MSDS or NON DG declaration from shipper enclosed in the shipment and copies to be uploaded in IDIS.

Export Procedure ex Germany

A formal electronic export declaration must be sent to customs authorities by the exporter or their representative. Customs authorities grant the release for export and issue an Export Accompanying Document (EAD) with a unique Movement Reference Number (MRN).

The EAD has to accompany the shipment. UPS is responsible for the exit clearance at the EU border.

Informal Declarations

An informal declaration is possible for shipments up to a national threshold. The informal declaration is based on the invoice value and is restricted to shipments not subject to prohibitions and restrictions (for example, embargo regulations) or special export procedures (for example, temporary export).

The informal clearance will be done by UPS at the point of exit.

National Requirements

Shipments up to a value of 1000 EUR can be declared informally on the basis of the invoice. For shipments above 1000 EUR, a formal export declaration is required.

UPS service

UPS offers the service of making formal export declarations for customers with billable German UPS accounts. German exporters without simplification as so called approved exporter have to calculate a minimum of one working day for the competent customs office to process their declaration. However in practice, the export declaration must be placed within the opening hours of the customs office of export, as sufficient time must be allowed for the customs office to perform risk analysis and grant the release for export. On release of the goods, the customs office of export will provide the export accompanying document (EAD) with a unique Movement Reference Number (MRN).

UPS will provide the customer with the EAD including MRN which must accompany the shipment and be transmitted to the customs office of exit. The export shipment/s may be collected after release for exportation.

For cases of goods not exceeding 3000 EUR in value per consignment and per declarant and which are leaving the European Union by air movement and are not subject to prohibitions or restrictions the customs declaration may be lodged directly with the customs office of exit. The customs office of exit performs the risk analysis, releases the goods for export and confirms the exit of the goods. The declaration can be placed any time and the customs office of exit provide and MRN. The export shipment/s may be collected after receiving the MRN.

For further information please refer to the UPS website: www.ups.com/content/de/de/about/news/service_updates/20131227_eur_EDS.html?srch_pos=1&srch_phr=Export+Declaration+Service&WT.svl=SRCH

Alternatively, UPS offers a web-based application for customers to create electronic export declarations on their own - please refer to the following website - https://ups.atlas-netz.de/

Export Documentation

For charges made for Export Shipments from Germany to the destination country or territory, please refer to Brokerage Services and Charges-Export Shipments with Germany as the destination.

Clearance Information

The contractor performs only when shipments are loaded with Free Domicile (F/D) Service. The shipper pays all shipping charges, duty and taxes.

When the shipments are loaded with Pre Paid (PP), the shipper pays all shipping charges and the consignee pays duty and taxes. The consignee receives documents of retention to clear in customs.

When the shipments are loaded with Freight Collect (F/C), the consignee pays all shipping charges to the contractor, and the duties and taxes the consignee has the election of paying for the service that the contractor offers, or with its own custom agency by preference. When the shipment (document or non document) arrives to Nicaragua as F/C, the consignee receives an invoice to pay for the shipping charge, and after he pays, the package is delivered.

For dutiable shipments, the consignee will need to contact Customs directly or give the UPS representative a notarized letter, so that the UPS representative can clear the shipments on behalf of the consignee. No brokerage fees are involved, unless the consignee chooses to use a third-party broker.
In the case of shipping Free Domicile, the time in which completing the formalities for customs clearance is a maximum of 3 to 5 working days (Monday to Friday), provided no inconvenience in the steps to be performed, such as permits, Customs inspections, special or as a result of random systems, among other procedures like wrong invoice related to unreal price like US$1.00 one machine replacement, or wrong description and country or territory origin of fabric.
UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number. The consignee's telephone number is mandatory.

Areas Served

Service is provided to and from every address in the country or territory.

All import shipments, are required to include an actual cellular or phone number, right and complete address of the shipper and consignee. Nicaragua does not have an official numeration system for their streets and avenues, or postal codes. The final address is given from a particular point of reference within the area. Therefore, in many cases, it is very difficult to locate the delivery point, resulting in service failures. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number should be provided if known. The UPS contractor delivers documents and non-dutiable non-documents door-to-door only in Managua. For the rest of the country including extended areas like Masaya, Granada, Esteli, Leon, etc., the contractor has subcontracted a transport company (Cargo Trans) that makes the delivery Door to Door. A complete address and telephone number is necessary and must be included in the consignment. When it receives a non-document since an eraser or pencil, it must pay duties and taxes to free from customs, and then it can deliver to the customer, who selects the customs agency to get the service.

UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number. The consignee's telephone number is mandatory.
Saturday, Sunday, and official holidays.
Spring -0600/ Fall -0600
Spanish
Nicaraguan Cordoba(NIO)

Billing Options

  • Shipping charges can be billed to the shipper, receiver or a third party.
  • When billing the receiver, either the shipper or receiver's account number is required.
  • When billing to a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
  • Duties and taxes can be billed to the shipper, receiver or a third party.
  • When billing a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
  • If the duties and taxes are billed to an account outside of the destination country or territory, a "Duty and Tax Forwarding" surcharge will be applied.
  • Please note the following third party billing exceptions:
    • Shipments to and from the same country or territory (domestic shipments) cannot be billed to third party payors in other countries or territories. For example, shipments from Mexico to Mexico or Canada to Canada cannot be billed to a third party payor in the U.S. This rule does not apply to UPS domestic services in European Union countries or territories. For example, shipments from Germany to Germany can be billed to a third party payor in the U.S. (as long as the payor is a business and has a VAT or Tax/EIN ID on file with UPS).
  • When paying by credit card, check, or cash, only the shipper can be billed the shipping charges
  • The freight and duties can be billed to the shipper or a third party
  • The taxes can be billed to the receiver or a third party
  • A surcharge will be applied for the SDV billing option

Commodity Specific Stipulations

No Information found on this topic for the selected country or territory.

Gift Exemptions

0.00 US Dollar USD
individual-to-individual
per commodity

For non-document shipments into Nicaragua, customs retains every package and must be inspected. Duties and taxes must be paid regardless of the value of the merchandise. For example, even if the Commercial Invoice has a value of $1.00 as minimum. This is according to law in Nicaragua, and is enforced by their Customs agency. In addition to a detailed description of each item, the shipper needs to write additional comments of "gift shipment" on the invoice as well as in the Special Instructions box on the UPS Waybill to ensure a proper assessment of duties and taxes. On the invoice, it must describe the real quantity and description of the merchandise that has been sent because customs takes one day to confirm the merchandise in the package and the description on the invoice are correct and accurate.

Invoice Requirements

Non-document shipments to Nicaragua must include 1 original and 2 copies of a commercial invoice. Manual and Computer-generated invoices will not be accepted.

Original invoices on company letterhead are required by law and avoid Customs delays. All other types of invoices could cause shipments to be delayed.

The consignee's telephone number is mandatory and must appear on the invoice

Items Classified as Documents

The destination country or territory considers the following items as document shipments. If criteria are listed, the shipment must meet the criteria to be considered a document shipment.

Document Limit: 3 kg
Used traveler's checks are classified as documents. Unused traveler's checks are prohibited.

UPS can recommend which forms you need based on a few simple criteria. Forms can be completed online or printed. See which forms you need.

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the prohibited commodities listed here, it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Nicaragua.

Antique shipments are restricted from Europe, the Middle East and Africa and can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract. Antiques are defined as a work of art, piece of furniture, decorative object, or silverware that is 100 years old or older.
Artwork shipments are restricted from Europe, the Middle East and Africa and can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

Paintings or other works of art can be accepted if the artist is still alive, the artwork is replaceable and an art dealer or gallery has appraised the artwork within the last year. If the declared value of the artwork is greater than $100.00 and there is a claim, the shipper must provide a copy of the original invoice, a bill of sale, or other proof certifying in writing the actual cost or replacement cost of the item.

Artwork includes the following: Original engravings, prints, lithographs, original sculptures, statuary.

The term "Artwork" does not apply to: architectural, engineering, industrial, topographical, commercial drawings, hand-painted or hand-decorated manufactured articles.

Electronic Cigarettes can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

Imports require an Import Permit.

Personal effects cannot be shipped between these countries or territories.

Saturday Delivery

Saturday Delivery Available: No

Service Options

Always check Calculate Time and Cost for details of service availability and guarantee information within a country or territory. All Service Levels may not be available to or from every address within a country or territory.

  • UPS Worldwide Expedited
  • UPS Worldwide Express Saver
  • UPS WorldWide Express Freight

Special Clearance Requirements

In the case of dutiable shipments, the original tracking number with the seal deliver, original Commercial Invoice, and a note explaining the paperwork necessary to clear the package must be delivered to the consignee. In this note, is explained where to be presented at Customs to claim your shipment when your shipment comes under Pre Paid and not when the shipment comes Free Domicil or Freight Collect. For dutiable shipments, the consignee will need to contact Customs directly or give the UPS representative a notarized letter, so that the UPS representative can clear the shipments on behalf of the consignee.

In the case of Third-Party shipments, we proceed to clear the package and deliver to consignee in 3 or 4 days, always that not requires a special permit of Telcommunication, Ministry of Health, MAGFOR(Ministry of Industry and building)and other permit. The necessary time for the processes of these permits is 2 or 3 days if the importer has all the payments of taxes actualized for the General Directorate of Taxes (DGI) and the payment of fiscal solvency paid up.

Medicines, articles composed with natural, vegetable or animal ingredients (sprays, seeds) require a Certificate of Origin and a Phytosanitary certificate. It is mandatory for the certificate to be an original and with the package when it arrives to Nicaragua.
New requirements have been implemented for small package shipments and are based on the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 15, which is entitled "Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material in International Trade". ISPM 15 was adopted internationally in 2002, and is gradually being introduced by countries or territories worldwide. Wood or wood products covered by ISPM 15 include items such as packing cases, boxes, crates, drums or similar packing, pallets, box pallets and other load boards, pallet collars and skids, but exclude such processed woods as orientated strand board, particle board, plywood or veneer, created using glue, heat and pressure or a combinations thereof, and, raw wood which is 6mm or less thick. It is recommended that if a question arises on this issue, please check with the authority that issues the Phytosanitary certificates in your country or territory.

Value Limits


Private Shipments

  • 0.00 Nicaraguan Cordoba (NIO)
    • All non-document shipments may be assessed duty or tax or both regardless of the shipment value.
    Commercial Shipments

  • 0.00 Nicaraguan Cordoba (NIO)
    • All non-document shipments may be assessed duty or tax or both regardless of the shipment value.

    Weight and Size Limits

    70 kg (150 lbs.) per package
    274.00 cm (107.9 in.)  per package
    419 cm (165 in. ) per package
    Length and girth combined


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