If you wish to import your car into Panama it is particularly important to hire a professional company with past experience. They should be properly aware of all the regulations and the laws which govern the process in order to ensure that everything is handled perfectly.
This is why you might want to get in touch with the A1 Auto Transport service. With numerous successful shipping to Panama throughout our 20 years’ experience, the company is well aware of how to handle different situations and you can rest assured that you can rely on it. The destination ports located in Panama are Cristobal and Manzanillo.
Documentation and Cost of Shipping.
The cost of shipping is going to take into account the freight charges, shipping method of choice, insurance as well as the value of the vehicle. If you ship by RORO the cost is going to be lower than if you choose to ship with Container shipping. Insurance on your car is required in order to secure it in case of damages throughout the transit. There are, of course, port-imposed tariffs which are rather steep. The A1 Auto Transport Service has quite a lot of experience in dealing with the Panama Customs Authority so we can give you a fair estimate of the current taxes. Right now, they are about 30% of the CIF value of your vehicle.
Nevertheless, there are quite a lot of different documents that need to be submitted as well. They include:
- Driver’s License.
- Invoice of Purchase.
- Insurance Certificate.
- Title Deed.
Keep in mind that you can always check with the Title 19 of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations if you are uncertain about the eligibility of your vehicle. You will have to file intent to ship to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency and the document should get there at least 72 hours in advance.
Roll on/Roll off is by far the only option to ship a vehicle to Panama. If you are close to any of the ports, you can drive there on your own. Keep in mind that the vehicle needs to be in proper working condition and free of all sorts of air conditioning gases. Furthermore, you need to steam clean it thoroughly if you want to ensure that there are no unnecessary quarantine delay times. Furthermore, you would need to make sure that you leave ¼ of a gas tank full for security purposes and empty out the vehicle entirely by leaving nothing but the car jack, floor mats and spare tire. This is by far the cheapest and quickest water-bound transportation method and the only one available for Panama City.
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.