La Pensionada Rentista ripoff
This year we sent a container of our household goods and a car to Nicaragua.
We had jumped through all the hoops to qualify forPensionada status. Four trips to the Nicaraguan Consulate with Spanish translators along, telephone calls to the Miami Consulate, review of all International Living LIterature, etc.
We our stuff arrived we had to pay duty on household goods valued over $2000 (we had been mislead, and INTUR still misleads people, into believing the limit for retirees is $10,000).
INTUR last week says a retiree can "import a car duty free every year." (check their web page!)
We learned that the car had to be valued less than $10,000 ... BY THEM! We paid $8000 for a used Suzuki in Los Angeles but they valued it using their "Blackbook" at $16000 and then added the cost of the container, $5500, for a total value of $21,500. We were faced with import duty on $11,500 for the car alone!
Through bribes we ended up paying close to $5000 in import taxes we thought would be zero.
Has anyone else had this experience recently?