Light Barriers to Imports

Policy Information

Government Agency(s)/Competent Authority

Authorized Government Agency(s): 

Directorate General of Animal and Plant Health (DGPSA / MAG) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

Agency(s) Contact Information: 

Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry Km.
8 ½ Carretera Masaya Managua-Nicaragua

Telephone: (505) 22760200 (505) 22760204

Organic Regulations and/or Standards

Name(s) of Regulation and/or Standard: 

Date of Implementation: 


Regulation and/or Standard Scope: 

Covers production, processing, storage, and marketing of agricultural food products. Includes standards for beekeeping and provisions for wild harvesting. All certification bodies, organic inspectors, organic farmers, organic farm in transition, establishment of processing, packaging, marketing, storage, processing and transportation of products, must register as such before the Competent Authority.

Imported Products Requirements

Imported Products: 

Imported organic products may be marketed only when:

  1. They originate in a country on a reciprocal list established by the Ministry of Development, Industry and Trade (MIFIC).
  2. The competent authorities or institutions in the imported product's country of origin issued an inspection certificate which indicates that they have been produced by a method equivalent to this Nicaraguan Mandatory Technical Standard organic production.

Certification and Accreditation


Certificaiton is required.

Accreditation Method: 



National Accreditation Office (ONA) oversees accreditation. Certifiers must register.

Additional Information

Reference Standards: 

Codex Alimentarius

Costa Rica, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, plus Panama and the Dominican Republic are benchmarking their standards to a regional organic standard - the Central America Regional Standard. August 2016 these regional standards were put before the World Trade Organization for comment.

Additional Information: 


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