Panama City is the largest city and capital of Panama. The city is situated at the beginning of the canal by the same name- Panama Canal. It is the commercial, political and administrative center of the country.
If you want to import your vehicle to Panama, it is of dire importance to hire the services of an international shipping service that has a successful past of shipping to Panama. They should be aware of the laws and regulations and the requirements at the US port and at the port at Panama. Eliminating any chance of problems right from the beginning can save a lot of issues from happening. That is why it is important to work with A1 Auto Transport service. To check the closest port that is near you, you might need to look at the map of U.S ports. We offer ‘door to door’ and ‘port to port’ services. There would be an additional charge if you need door to door services. The destination ports in Panama are Manzanillo and Cristobal.
Shipping costs and documentation.
The shipping costs will take into account the method of shipping, freight charges, insurance and value of the vehicle. If you ship by exclusive container the cost will be higher than if you ship by RORO where the car is secured and parked on an open deck. Insurance on the vehicle is a requirement to secure it from damage during transit. And then there are steep port-imposed tariffs. A1 Auto Transport service has previous experience transporting vehicles to Panama City and we can give you a fair estimate on the total cost of shipping. Currently the taxes are about 30% of the total of CIF or Cost, insurance and freight charges.
However, there is plenty of paperwork that has to be submitted at both the ports at US and Panama. Though we will be with you through the procedures, it helps to know about the documents that are needed. These include:
- Driving license.
- purchase invoice of the vehicle.
- insurance certification of the vehicle.
- Title deed of the car/vehicle.
If you are unable to assess the eligibility of the vehicle for import to Panama City you can check with the Title 19 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations. Another aspect that we will take care of but you need to know is filing for intent with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. All documents need to be with them at least 3-4 days before you ship out the vehicle.
Methods of Shipping.
The only option of sending vehicles to Panama City is by Roll-on/Roll-Off method. If you are close to any of the ports shipping to Panama, you can drive it on your own and if you are far away, we offer ‘door-to-port’ services also.
It is important that the car is functioning properly as the vehicle will be driven aboard and driven off the ship using its own wheels. For safety and as a precaution, air conditioning gas has to be removed, car cleaned completely and no personal belongings allowed inside the car. To know more about the latest updates on laws relating to import of vehicles to Panama City call in the Embassy of Panama in USA.
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 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.