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Moving To Nicaragua

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Nicaragua International Moving Services

Planning to move from the US to Nicaragua? International moving comes with its load of challenges. In fact, it is not as easy as just hoping from one state to another. This is due to challenges such as those governing customs and overall logistics. Most people therefore, prefer to hire professional movers as opposed to handling everything on their own. We are an international moving company that will take care of your relocation abroad as well as ensure your vehicle is shipped safely.

Moving to Nicaragua Cost & Time Examples

To/From    2BR    4BREstimated Time
Miami to Managua$3,000- $5,000$5,700- $9,3003-5 weeks
Philadelphia to León$3,000- $5,000$5,500- $9,3003-5 weeks
New York to Managua$3,100- $5,200$5,700- $9,3003-5 weeks
Los Angeles to Managua$3,300- $5,700$6,300- $10,6003-6 weeks
Seattle to Managua$3,300- $5,700$6,300- $10,4003-6 weeks
Dallas to Managua$3,500- $5,900$6,400- $10,7003-5 weeks
Portland to Managua$3,600- $6,100$6,800- $11,2003-6 weeks
Memphis to León$3,700- $6,200$6,800- $11,3003-5 weeks
Phoenix to Managua$4,100- $6,800$7,600- $12,6003-6 weeks
Denver to Managua$5,400- $9,000$9,900- $16,4003-6 weeks

*Please note that these estimates do not include taxes, customs fees & duties, insurance & quarantine inspections. They assume easy access to both pick up and drop-off addresses and do not allow for special items such as pianos.

Estimated Weight (based on home size): 
1BR=2600 lbs - 3900 lbs 
2BR=3900 lbs - 5200 lbs 
3BR=6500 lbs - 9100 lbs 
4BR=9100 lbs - 14300 lbs 
5BR=11700 lbs - 19500 lbs

Are duties incurred when importing household items?

The laws governing import taxes and duties for Nicaragua are complex - meaning a variety of outcomes are possible. Whether or not you can be exempted from these fees, will depend upon your particular situation.

Exemption for Renters or Retirees For example, the International Association of Movers states that according to the Law of Retired Residents or Rented Residents - you can request that a shipment with a CIF value of up to $25,000 have import taxes waived. You can include a vehicle with your request, though whether it must fall within this $25,000 limit isn’t clear.

To be eligible for this exemption, you need $600 a month in retirement pension income or $750 of income from a business (or perhaps an investment account). It seems you’ll also need a valid Residency Card and to fulfill all the criteria set forth in Law 694 (1).

Other Exemptions However, IAM says elsewhere that household belongings are charged import taxes - unless you request an exemption under migratory, tourism incentive or travel regimen law (2). It does makes sense that the Retired Residents or Rented Residents Law is among the rules which make it possible to have import fees waived. Yet, because this isn’t explicitly stated, confirming your exemption status with customs before moving is the best course of action.

Tax Rates For Non-Exempt Shipments Another knowledgeable source doesn’t mention any kind of duty and tax exemption, at least if you’ll be working for a company within Nicaragua. If you have a work contract that’s temporary, then expect to pay import taxes of 50.5% to 65.5%. If you don’t have a contract and aren’t eligible for tax exemption, then your rate will range from 65% to 80% (3).

Are specific documents requested for household items?

Customs must be supplied with your Residence Visa, passport and Original Bill of Lading or Air Waybill. A Letter of Authorization, paperwork confirming your employment and a detailed inventory are also required. This inventory should list the values for your items, and include the serial number, purchase price, make and model for all electrical goods. If you wish to have import duties waived, then a Duty-Free Exemption obtained from the Ministry of Finance (and approved by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) is necessary. However, this may only apply if you have diplomatic status (4).

Be sure to include a separate packing list with your documentation. You may need a Residency Card as well, though the Residence Visa might satisfy this requirement. However, if you wish to receive tax exemption under the Retired Resident or Rented Resident Law - then it appears that a Residency Card is mandatory. Keep in mind that the Institution of Tourism must authorize this type of tax exemption (5).

Are duties incurred when importing a vehicle?

Unless you have diplomatic status, you’ll need a Tax Exoneration to import your vehicle without these fees. The reputable sources consulted did not specify the requirements or procedures necessary to receive this type of Tax Exoneration (6).

Therefore, you should speak with customs to learn if this is possible in your case. You may wish to ask them whether exoneration can be granted under the Law of Rented or Retired Residents - as we covered above that tax-free entry of your vehicle may be possible in this instance.

If you aren’t granted tax relief on your vehicle, the import charges will vary based upon the engine size, year of manufacture, model and monetary value. Keep in mind that all vehicles (whether tax exempt or not) being imported into Nicaragua, cannot be more than 10 years old (7).

The only exceptions to this rule for foreigners, are vehicles being donated to certain organizations, vehicles with a classic designation or vehicles intended to haul passengers or goods (8).

Are specific documents requested for vehicles?

You’ll need the vehicle’s title and registration, as well as the Original Bill of Lading or Air Waybill. A valid passport and the purchase receipt for the vehicle are also required. If you have a Tax Exoneration, then you should also present this to customs. If the Institution of Tourism has granted you a Tax Exoneration because you meet the guidelines of the Law of Retired or Rented Residents - then they will provide you with a Resolution. This Resolution should be included in the paperwork that you submit to customs (9).

While a good deal of the regulations, procedures, fees and filing requirements you’ll face when clearing Nicaraguan customs have been covered above - this discussion is hardly comprehensive. Customs has extensive rules in place and the process can be complicated and involved. For these reasons, you’re urged to speak with them directly, to learn more about the requirements for your particular shipment.

Tips on how to make your international move easier

Plan in advance: There is nothing as frustrating as a last minute rush. It might cause you to not attend to many important aspects. To avoid this, start preparations 90 days before the day of moving. This will give you more than enough time to ensure everything is in order, and that nothing has been left unattended.

Find the right shipping company: To find a good shipping company, start by doing a Google search for professional movers near you. Also, you can ask family and friends for recommendations. Make sure you do an analysis of factors such as costs, customer reviews, and whether those companies are licensed before you settle on one.

Visa and passport: Inevitably, a visa and a passport are mandatory when moving abroad. When looking for Nicaragua International Moving Services, it is wise to look for a mover who offers help in applying for a visa and a passport. Alternatively, to apply for a visa, you can visit the Embassy of Nicaragua in Washington DC or visit their website.

For your passport, ensure that you apply through the US Government.

Check on costs: It is inevitable that you will spend during your international relocation. However, to ensure that you are not caught in financial straits, apply for jobs before you leave for Nicaragua.

A-1 Auto Transport can help you move your household goods internationally. Call 888-509-3213 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote on interstate moving services.

Why you need an international moving company when relocating overseas

As we have discussed, international moving is a complex task involving so much. If you decide to handle it personally, it will mentally and physically strain you. It is also time consuming and you will be at a risk of either losing or destroying your belongings, or both.

However, if you hire the service of a professional international moving company you will accomplish your relocation with ease. This is because professional movers have the right equipment and personnel for the job. They will save you time, energy and give you a hassle-free relocation experience.

How to find the best international moving company

As you search for Nicaragua International Moving Services, it is best to first do a web search. You can also seek recommendations from family and friends. Sample two to three companies, and look out for the following:

  • Visit the respective companies’ websites for reviews. The more positive reviews the better the company. Also, read negative reviews as this will assist you in making an informed choice.
  • Ensure that the company you select is licensed for international moving.
  • Ensure that the company you select has insurance that caters for damage on belongings during transit.
  • Compare costings of the different companies to get the most affordable rate.

Our Nicaragua international moving services

The following are offered:

  • Packing and unpacking: We help in loading and offloading of your belongings.
  • Apartment moves: We handle international moving between rental apartments.
  • Corporate moving: We handle moving of office and business equipment and other assets.
  • Planning and preparation: We offer assistance in getting everything ready for the day of moving. This includes giving you information on how best to package your belongings for transit.
  • Visa and immigration services: We assist in applying for visa and immigration services to Nicaragua.
  • Housing assistance: We offer help in locating and finding suitable housing.
  • Family services: We offer help in locating and finding essential family services such as hospitals, schools, and plumbing, among others.
  • Auto transport services: We have the expertise and necessary equipment to ensure that your vehicle is relocated in the safest way possible.

Why A-1 Auto Transport?

Our over 30 years of experience speaks for itself. Our wide knowledge and information regarding international moving is all you need for a seamless relocation. Rest assured, that if you have any questions, we will answer them.

Talk to us

If you are planning to relocate to Nicaragua, talk to us by contacting our experts on our toll-free number 888-509-3213. Also, to receive free estimates of our services, kindly do not forget to fill in the form at the top of this page.


  1. IAMovers Country Guide: Nicaragua
  2. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Nicaragua” page.
  3. IAMovers Country Guide: Nicaragua
  4. Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Nicaragua” page and IAMovers Country Guide: Nicaragua
  5. Found on Atlas Int’l “Importing Personal Property Into Nicaragua” page.
  6. IAMovers Country Guide: Nicaragua
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