Date is Finally here, shipping Household goods and firearms HELP

Within 3 weeks my Wife and I are finally making the permanent move to Matagalpa, we have bought a Finca, built a casa on the land, moved in, and have obtained our retiree CEDULA's.

Final stage is to get our household goods (no car) to the finca, we are using mudanzasmundiales.com , Managua.. I'm told they are good. but as usual, conflicting information prevails. Nica Consulate says no limit of value for the household goods tax exemption, others say the limit is $15000 or $20000.??? 40 foot container

We are using http://www.living-history-nicaragua.com/customs-regulations-nicaragua.ht... Any comments??? I have read all the posts on taking firearms to nica. some say one long gun, one pistola, other say any combination comments??? My wife and I both have a retiree residency, does that mean a total of 4 firearms are allowed per household ???? Some say you can't bring firearms into country or pick up your firearms at the airport police unless you have a firearm carry license, ??? Some say don't bring ammo with your firearm and you don't need a license (immediately)???

I do plan on obtaining license in Matagalpa!!!

Any up to date guidance on the move would be greatly appreciated

OK WHATS GOING ON??? I GO DOWN TO THE NICA CONSOLATE TO GET MY APPLICATION FOR FIIREAMS APPROVED AND THE NICA CONSOLATE TELLS ME TO GO TO THE STATE DEP. FOR APPROVAL, WHICH THEY TELL ME I HAVE TO GET A ONE TIME ONLY EXPORT LICENSE, WHICH WILL TAKE 3 + WEEK. i HAVE NEVER HEARD OF ANY MENTION OF THIS ON NICA LIVING i HAVE THE RECEIPTS FM VIRGINIA AND RX MY VA CLEARANCE???????

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Roy

Finca Montana Esmeralda

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your revision...

is very surprising to me...I have only dealt with Dept. of State for military type firearm export sold to another government.

http://www.bis.doc.gov/licensing/exportsoffirearms.htm#qone

This has never been the case for personal firearms before. I am not aware of any changes in US or Nicaraguan law . As your residency is for five years at a pop I don't see how they can conclude it is permanent export. I will forward this to Paul Tiffer for his opinion .

-Doug ©

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate

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Doug and Juanno are Ok, just to guns are allow per person, and the tax exemption according the law 694 is $ 20,000.00 it doesn´t matter the size of the container. Regarding guns, you can check:http://www.nicaliving.com/node/12944.

Good Luck,

Paul Tiffer Attorney at Law ptiffer@cablenet.com.ni

Welcome to the Department...

If I was to live in a city Matagalpa would be it. Advice for shipping, be there when aduana goes through your goods and have mudanzas deliver quickly.

Charlie Dawson has a great step by step for getting your drivers license, you will need a gun permit to pick up your firearms at Plaza de Sol police station in Managua, double check the accuracy of all numbers on the documents. You might want to check with Paul Tiffer but as I understand both you and your wife can bring in 2 firearms without tax. You will need permission to import them from the NIca consulate closest to your home in the US

If you have any questions drop me a PM

-Doug ©

If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the precipitate

If under Law 694 - $20,000 on Household Goods

LEY DE PROMOCIÓN DE INGRESO DE RESIDENTES PENSIONADOS Y RESIDENTES RENTISTAS

LEY No. 694, Aprobada el 18 de Junio del 2009

Publicada en La Gaceta No.151 del 12 de Agosto del 2009

El Presidente de la República de Nicaragua

CAPÍTULO III BENEFICIOS Y EXONERACIONES

Beneficios y exoneraciones.

3. Enjoy an exemption of duty from all import duties in force for the introduction of household goods, whose value does not exceed Twenty Thousand Dollars U.S. (U.S. $ 20,000.00) or its equivalent in Cordobas. If the household goods exceeds this value, the beneficiary must pay taxes on the excess value. Household items include all goods and chattels new or used which are not a traveler's luggage that serve to comfort and decorate a house; furniture, appliances to facilitate housework and family entertainment; tableware, cookware, upholstery, carpets, bedding, towels , objects hanging from the ceilings or walls, as well as those items artistic or sentimental and items generally recognized as household goods by customs legislation.

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That could be be $20,000 per person or per "cedula" if you made independent applications. But I guess it follows that you would each have to import the $20,000 worth as two separate people.

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does anyone know what the 'statue of limitations' on the exemption? At what point after obtaining your residency does it expire?

Ask Intur since they're the folks who process it

My understanding is that it doesn't expire. Likewise, you can bring in a car every 4 or 5 years as long as you keep the car for 4 or 5 before selling it.

Also, make sure it's household goods and check with Aduana about what they'd consider household goods.

For Pensionados. I don't know if other forms of residency qualify, but year to year doesn't.

Rebecca Brown

Yes

My understanding is that it's the tax exempt amount of goods that is the issue, not how long it takes you to bring it in. So you have 5 years to bring in your $20,000 worth if you get a 5 year cedula.

In practice, the longer you leave it, the more they may suggest that it wasn't household belongings under the spirit of the exemption.

Note the law says "new or used". What it's doing is letting you set up a comfortable home.

Questions would be asked if after 3 years of a five year residency you bought in mostly new electrical appliances (tax free) for instance. Same goes for duplication and any sign that it's not your own stuff to be used to set up your home.

Its all about trying not to open the door of debate with the department that is renowned for its flexible approach to how flat the playing surface is and what is the legal distance between regulation goal posts.

My take on this is that things that look like business equipment

...are the things that get questioned. Trying bring in gear to set up a machine shop or small factory as household goods might be problematic.

Rebecca Brown