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1 ProNicaragua and TPL Quota Office May 2006 Nicaragua General Information of the Regulations and Administration of TPLs

2 Furniture Apparel 60% 11% Tobacco Cardboard Boxes 3 % Electronic Components 8 % Others 2 % 3 % 5 % 3 % 2 % Screen Printing Chemicals Edible Products 3 % Plastic Bags Firms Operating in Export Processing Zones in Nicaragua as of March 2006 Country of originQty. United States24 Korea23 Taiwan18 Nicaragua13 Mexico5 Hong Kong2 Italy2 Guatemala1 Honduras2 Belize1 Argentina2 Canada2 Total95 Industry Overview

3 - Exports to the U.S. totaling million SMEs in volume and $715.6 million in value (Compared to 2004: 16% increase in quantity and 20% increase in value) - To the US, Nicaragua is : # 5 provider of M/B cotton trousers & shorts # 9 provider of M/B cotton knit shirts # 9 provider of MMF brassieres & body support garments # 10 provider of M/B MMF woven shirts # 12 provider of W/G cotton knit shirts and blouses # 14 provider of W/G cotton trousers & shorts # 14 provider of W/G MMF trousers & shorts Industry Overview Nicaragua Apparel Industry Information 2005

4 Industry Overview

5 Expected Industry Growth – Post CAFTA GrowthJobsIndustrial Space ( KM2) Payroll (Millions) Investment (Millions) Exports (Millions) %79.2 k720$16.6$554.4$ %95.0 k870$21.2$665.3$ %113.1 k1,640$26.5$791.7$1, %132.3 k1,880$31.8$926.1$1, %152.0 k2,100$36.5$1,064$1, % ,310$41.2$1,170.4$2,028 Source : ANITEC 2005 Industry Forecast

6 General Characteristics –Trade Preference Levels (TPL) is a DR-CAFTA benefit which allow free access to US Market for garments produced with fabric or yarn that do not comply with rules of origin –Quota: 100 million square meter equivalent (SME) per year –Period: Constant for 9 years –Applies to Apparel Exporters only (in or out of the Free Zone Regime) –Pocketing rule does not apply to TPL garments –Not retroactive –Not Negotiable nor Transferable among Apparel Exporters –Textile Mills may receive TPL assignation which has to be distributed among their clients (apparel exporters) Trade Preference Levels

7 –Wool products –1.5 million SME per year –One for One Purchasing Rule: For each SME of TPL exported in categories of 347/348 and 647/648, Nicaragua has to export an equivalent amount of the same category, using U.S. formed fabric of U.S. formed yarn. –Categories 647/648 (woven bottoms, synthetic fiber): 1 to 1 rule applies from the start of TPL use –Categories 347/348 (woven bottoms, cotton) 1 to 1 needs to be matched up to: 1st year: up to 20 million SME 2nd year: up to 30 million SME 3rd year: up to 40 million SME 4th and subsequent years: up to 50 million SME Trade Preference Levels Limitations

8 ¿What is Nicaragua’s objective? 1.Protect and expand the existing industry and attract new investors. 2.Utilize the TPL as a transition tool to take the industry from a basic to a vertically integrated operation oriented towards higher value added, high fashion and designer products. 3.Strengthen the industry to optimize job oportunities in volume and in quality. 4.Create a true partnership with the United States textile/apparel industry. The Role of TPL’s

9 Distribution mechanism should be: –Efficient : TPLs should be used completely –Predictable : Amount received estimated in advance –Transparent : Clear rules of the game –Fair : Equal treatment based on established parameters –Incentive: Growth of Textile / Apparel Companies Basic Premises

10 –Ministry of Industry and Commerce (MIFIC) Issue of regulations that will control the administration of the TPLs –National Free Zone Commission (CNZF) TPL Regulation approval Supervision and application of the administrative policies Assignation of the quotas according to the regulations established –Technical Committee Advisor to the National Free Zone Commission Supervision of the Administrative Office –Administrative Office Support the committee in the administration and execution of its operation Administrative Outline

11 Functions: –Maintain registry of Manufacturers and exporters –Collect, process, and analyze production and export data –Maintain industry statistics –Distribute and monitor usage of TPLs –Verify shipment of TPL goods –Issue domestic visas –Issue internal communications –Verify information with national and international entities The TPL Administration Office

12 TPL Distribution BASIC QUOTA 70% CONTINGENT QUOTA 30% Established Apparel Manufacturers Historical Production of at least 1 year TPL allocation based on export records Start-Up of Apparel Manufacturers with no historical production Expansions of existing companies Start-Up of Vertical Operations/ Textile Manufacturing TPL allocation based on export projections

13 TPL Distribution Distribution Mechanism for Garment Manufacturers 1. Total export to US in square meter equivalent (SME) 2. Export value per category 3. Duties per category exported 4. Labor content per category Distribution Mechanism for Vertically Integrated Co’s- Textile Companies 1. Maximum assignment of up to 25% of production in SME 2. Level of Integration - Spinning - Knitting or weaving - Dyeing and Finishing 3. Investment Amount

14 Promedio 7,774, ,899, ,807, ,827, Export value 3.71 Duty rate 5.6%9.4% Labor content per category 152 CATEGORY TPL Assignation 3,121,471 Export Records Categories exported Coverage 40% Company A TPL Distribution Example of Assignation-Apparel Company

15 Promedio 7,774, ,899, ,807, ,827, Export Value Duty rate 8.9%8.5% Labor content per category CATEGORY TPL Assignation 2,086,581 Export Records Categories exported Coverage 27% Company B TPL Distribution Example of Assignation-Apparel Company

16 Distribution Criteria: Maximum Assignment of up to 25% of Production 1) Level of Integration Yarn Formation15% Fabric Formation22.5% Dyeing & Finishing37.5% 2) Investment Amount Equal or over US$ 100 million 25% Less than US$ 100 millionproportionally The Contigent Quota Vertical Integrated Companies – Textile Mills

17 The Contigent Quota - The TPLs can be used during the start-up phase (construction) of the project Companies must present a detailed development program Distribution takes place after signing an Investment Contract - Textile Mills receive a permanent “FIXED” TPL assignment for the duration of the benefit The first 10 Million of permanent assignments will come out of the contingent quota reducing it to 20 Million for the following years Vertical Integrated Co’s – Textile Mills

18 Vertically Integrated Co. – Textile Mill Textile Mill A Production : 20 Million SME Level of Integration : Fully Vertical Investment Amount : $100M 1) Maximum Assignment (25% Production) :5 million SME 2) Level of Integration Yarn Formation15 %.75 Fabric Formation22.5 %1.125 Dyeing & Finishing37.5 % ) Investment Amount Equal or greater than $100 Million 25%1.25 $80 Million20% $40 Million10% $20 Million5% TOTAL5 million SME Example

19 Summary –The automated distribution mechanism is efficient, predictable and transparent –Gives equal treatment to established and new companies coming to the country –Vertical operations are specially benefited since it is the main TPLs strategic role


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