The United States exported $16 million in agricultural products to Nicaragua in fiscal year 2013. The United States works with Nicaragua both bilaterally and through the CAFTA-DR agreement to promote mutually beneficial trade and investment.

Since CAFTA-DR went into effect there in 2006, U.S. exports to Nicaragua have grown more than 70 percent.

Nicaragua has one of the highest levels of food insecurity in the world. The country is a large food aid recipient due, in part, to its inability to offset the shortfall in domestic food production with commercial imports. USDA provides assistance via the Food for Progress and McGovern-Dole Food for Education programs. 

Data & Analysis

August 3, 2020
This report lists the main Nicaraguan food laws technical regulations, and import requirements. In 2020, there were no major changes on Nicaragua's import procedures.
July 30, 2020
This report lists Nicaraguan import requirements for export certificates and import permits for agrochemicals, veterinary products, feedstuffs and food products for human consumption.
July 16, 2020
Despite Nicaragua’s ongoing social political crisis, there are still good opportunities for U.S. food exports.
June 8, 2020
This report lists the main Nicaraguan food laws, technical regulations and import requirements. In 2019, there were no major changes on Nicaragua’s import procedures.