One of the most populated and large cities in Panama, San Miguelito is included in the Panama City Metropolitan Area. It separates Colon and Panama City, making it an important center of trade and commerce in the country.
Most people want to enjoy driving their own vehicles even when they relocate to a new country. If you are planning to move to San Miguelito for professional or personal reasons, you can easily import your vehicle from USA. However, the binding import laws have to be followed to ensure a speedy and hassle-free import.
Work with an experienced shipping service.
It is essential that you work with an international auto shipping service like A1 Auto Transport service as they have ample experience of successful shipping vehicles to South American countries including Panama. We are aware of the import regulations and understand the nuances of transporting vehicles to Panama and can walk you through the different procedures. There are plenty of regulations to adhere to when you are shipping from USA as there is lots of paperwork to submit to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and at the port in Panama. There are some specific documents that will be verified. These include:
- Passport and driving license issued in US.
- Bill of vehicle purchase.
- Insurance and title deed.
- Registration documents.
These documents have to be filed with the respective Customs in both the countries, 4 -5 days before you ship. It is best to keep your bases covered so that there is no delay in shipping and delivery. Check the closest US port from where you can get your vehicle shipped. You may talk with us at A1 Auto Transport service and get the varies services that we offer, right from ‘port to port’ service and even ‘door to port’ service. Your vehicle will be shipped to Port of Cristobal, El Puerto de Bocas del Toro or Port of Balboa, the major ports in Panama.
Documentation and cost.
We offer a written quote so you are aware of the total cost and can budget accordingly. The shipping cost is based on the insurance, freight charges and value of the vehicle. Additionally, if you select RORO method to ship, the cost will be lower than if you prefer to ship by hiring an exclusive 20 feet or 40 feet container. The difference lies in the way the vehicles are shipped. In RORO, only your car is shipped devoid of any personal belongings. The car is driven on, secured and harnessed on an open deck in a parking bay and transported. You only pay for the car parking.
While in container shipping, you can ship personal belongings and household items along with the vehicle in the same container. However, as this is exclusive and secure transit method, it is more expensive. Add to the freight charges, Custom and excise taxes and steep duties.
As per the current laws, the Custom tax is about 30% of Cost, insurance and freight (CIF) charges. We are with you at every step to ensure that you do not face any issues either at the US port or the port in Panama. Although most vehicles are eligible for import to Panama, you can always look up the Title 19 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations. Before you ship, you have to file for intent to ship which is mandatory by U.S Customs. For other important notifications and information, check with 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.