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Ship Car To David

San Jose de David, a city and district located in the western part of Panama, is now known as David. It is also known as the capital of Province of Chiriqui.

With the growth of an airport, banking sector and the construction works going on here, as well as the David-Boquete Highway, commercial activity in David has picked up enough to make it one of the fastest growing regions in the country.

If you want to ship your vehicle to Panama, you will need to select the right shipper for your needs. You want to find a company that has the experience and a good track record when it comes to shipping to Panama because they need to be aware of the regulations associated with shipping. A1 Auto Transport Company is very familiar with the rules and regulations and can save you the hassle.

You have Ports located in the southern part of the United States that you can choose to bring your vehicle from; Port Everglades, Miami, Houston, or Galveston. Panama has one major port that handles freight cargo and that is the Port Cristobal.


A-1 Auto Transport ships vehicles worldwide. Click here or call 1-800-518-8708 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote to ship your car.


The Cost of Shipping.

When shipping a vehicle to Panama, you have several factors that could determine how much you pay for the total cost of shipping. The door-to-port is one option or the port-to-port is another. Another option you have is to keep a container all to yourself or share it with someone and in turn, share the expense. You can also choose the roll on/ roll off method of shipping. This simply means that your vehicle will be driven onto the ship, fastened down, and then driven off the ship once it arrives at the right port.

However, with the RORO method, your vehicle will be exposed to the elements of the weather during the entire trip.  You will also have the option of buying insurance when shipping your vehicle. The cost of your premiums will depend on the size of your vehicle as well as when it will be shipped. You will need to pay taxes and any tariffs upon arrival in Panama. These fees can be high sometimes. When preparing your vehicle for shipping, your carrier will be able to go over these expenses and any options you have to help you cut cost.

Paperwork for Transporting to Panama.

In order to keep your trip as hassle free as possible, A1 Auto Transport Company will help you determine what paperwork you will need to have from start to finish. It’s a good idea to look over the requirements beforehand so you will know what to expect.  You will need the right documentation which will include your driver’s license, a passport and proof of ownership of the car. These will be necessary when you arrive at Panama.

You will need to make sure that your vehicle is even eligible to be shipped to David before you make any arrangements. Under United States Code of Federal Regulations, you will find all the requirements including any rules and documentation needed.

We will be able to handle this task for you and submit it with the Panama Customs Authorities. You will need to send all documentation at least 72 hours before the arrival of your vehicle in Panama otherwise, your vehicle may not be shipped until documentation is received.

Arriving at Panama.

Once you have arrived at Panama, you will need to retrieve your vehicle. You need to be there to get your vehicle, don’t send someone else to do it or customs may decline the release of your vehicle.  You will need to pay all taxes and duties when you pick up your vehicle. Your vehicle will also need to be inspected and you will need to pay any additional fees due before your vehicle can be released. Since the taxes in Panama for importing vehicles are high, you can expect this to reflect on your overall cost. You can check with the Panama Embassy before transporting.

Joe Webster

Written by Joe Webster

Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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