Shipping in Panama

Get up-to-date local information about import procedures and restrictions, demurrage and detention, container pick-ups and more.

Procedure / Requirements

  • Customs and quarantine requirements: Customer must present one original Bill of Lading, commercial invoice, a customs clearance document (Liquidacion de Aduana) for Colon Freezone, delivery Freezone document duly completed. 
  • Import zoo-sanitary or phito-sanitary and origin certificates for unprocessed animal and vegetal product.


  • Weight Restrictions. Before leaving the port facilities, containers are weighed in order to establish conformance with the overall weight restriction norm 37,000 Kgs. Weight restriction is determined for overall weight put on road surface, meaning: weight truck + weight truck driver + tare chassis + tare chassis/flatbed + weight genset + weight container + weight cargo, which must not exceed 37,000 kgs (81,400 lbs).

Authorities grant a 5% tolerance. However, the distribution of the cargo inside the container is also a determining factor, as, in addition per-axle limitations exist and are enforced. 


Demurrage / Detention / Free time

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