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International Cargo Shipping to Nicaragua
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Nicaragua sits between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean and it has borders with Costa Rica to the Southeast and Honduras to the northwest. At Promptus LLC, we are experts in helping clients import or export goods into these regions whether you are choosing to ship via land, air, sea, or a combination of all three. Our team can also help coordinate FCL (full container load) or LCL (less than load) shipments to/from Nicaragua.

Main Ports and Airports in Nicaragua


There are eight ports currently active in Nicaragua. Many of them are relatively small, and there may be restrictions to what you can ship there, but we can assist you with that information once we learn more about your business. These ports include:

  • Port of Bluefields
  • Port of Corinto
  • Port of El Bluff
  • Port of El Rama
  • Port of Cabezas
  • Port of Sandino
  • Port of San Juan del Sur

The Port of Corinto is the biggest in the country and thus sees the most traffic in and out of Nicaragua. Depending on your import/export needs, Promptus LLC can help you arrange for an ocean shipment to or from the United States.

Managua has the number one and largest international airport in the country. While there are over 100 airports throughout Nicaragua, only this one services international destinations like the United States and Canada, including cargo shipments.

  • Managua International Airport (August C. Sandino International Airport)

Import/Export Data Between US/Canada & Nicaragua

Nicaragua’s export economy is the 103rd largest in the world, and it ranks as the US’ 61st greatest trading partner. In 2017, the import/export trade grossed over $4.9B between Nicaragua and the United States.

In 2017, the United States ranked Nicaragua as the 66th biggest market for exports, generating $1.6B, a 7.4% increase since 2016. The top categories businesses have exported to Nicaragua from the US and Canada include:

  • Mineral fuels, like oil
  • Electrical machinery
  • Knit apparel

In that same year, the US grossed around $3.3B in imports from Nicaragua, ranking the country as our 58th largest supplier of goods. In 10 years, there has been a great success in imports increasing by 176% (since 2007). Top imports from Nicaragua include:

  • Coffee
  • Meat and shellfish, such as beef, shrimp, and lobster
  • Tobacco
  • Sugar
  • Gold

How Much Does It Cost to Arrange Transport To/From Nicaragua

Our dedicated staff is happy to assist you with a quote for our services, including the best rate on international shipping options to and from Nicaragua. We operate out of South Florida and work with countless businesses like yours throughout the US and Canada. Let us help you organize every aspect of your global logistic needs, including consolidating paperwork with US Customs and Border Protection. Contact us today at 1-877-776-6799 to get in touch with a licensed and experienced Customs Broker.

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