Bringing car into nicaragua -- redux
This topic has been beat to death, BUT in posts that are fairly old.... AND the topic never seemed to be made clear. There was a lot of "i heard" and "if the law hasn't changed." So here I start it again.
From Miami, I'm shipping my car, a 2002 Jeep Liberty for my own personal use in Nicaragua. I am an American citizen that apparently is eligible for dual citizenship (though this has yet to be made clear) since both my parents are Nicaraguense. Soooo, I hope to receive the car in Nica as a resident or citizen or who knows what.
The car will be nationalized and live on my grandmother's hacienda for me to use on my trips there.
I've been working with two shipping agents here in the US who also operate in Nicaragua... and this has made things no clearer (i've learned more from the posts here on Nica Living) As of now, the consensus seems to be: forget about shipping to Nicaragua directly (something about complexities of customs in Managua). The car is going to Puerto Cortes in Honduras (from Miami) and then will be driven (by this guy's shipping company) to El Espino on the border.
It's expensive ($2300) and the whole import tax thing seems in the air-- one agent says he thinks the 1-car-per-resident-exemption is no longer valid and I'm unsure about my residency/citizenship status anyway. I'm also worried about this 5yr old rule I hear about since the car is a 2002 and it will arrive in Nica the second week of 2008. And then I've heard about some astronomical deposit that the car might require in Honduras while it's in transit.
If anyone can shed an updated light on this situation, please do. Otherwise, I'll post an update here on how it goes for me, for any that may follow in my unwise footsteps. It's a long story as to why I'm going through all this trouble when it sounds much, much simpler to just sell the car here and buy another one there, but I will get to the bottom of this!!!