As an International Car Shipping company, shipping cars to Panama is something we do quite frequently. Panama is a great place to ship cars especially for the surrounding countries. We have been shipping to Panama and the rest of Latin America for 25 years. Many people who ship cars to Panama are either sending it to their loved ones or they are Americans who are relocating. Our shipping lines are located throughout all major shipping ports in the US. If you need us to pick up your car and take it to one of our departure shipping ports, we can arrange for one of our car transporters to meet with you or the designated person.
The RoRo car shipping method is used to ship cars to Panama. The pictures above illustrate what a RoRo ship is. The car being shipped needs to operate on it’s own without any mechanical assistance. It must be able to drive up and down the ramp. Once it is aboard the ship, it will be blocked and braced to reduce movement while on its way to Panama. There are no items permitted to be in the vehicle except for the spare tire and jack.
All taxes must be paid at the port once the car arrives in Panama. If the destination country is a different country, import tax will need to be paid for that country. If you are in Panama, go to the Port Authority to find the latest import regulations.
|Departure Ports – Shipping Car to Panama RoRo|
|Long Beach, CA||Galveston, TX||Jacksonville, FL||Brunswick, GA||Miami, FL (to Cristobal only)|
|Charleston, SC||Savannah, GA||Baltimore, MD||Newark, NJ|
|Arrival Ports – Shipping Car to Panama|
|Manzanillo International Terminal, Colon, Panama||Cristobal (arrives only from Miami only)|
- Contact the Panamanian Embassy in Washington, DC or the Panamanian Consulate for the latest import tax information.
- A Title of Ownership free and clear of any liens.
- Bill of Sale is required to be presented along with the Title in Panama.
- Taxes are payable when the car is delivered. If the car is going to be delivered to one of the surrounding countries, the taxes have to be paid at the destination country.
All cars that are imported into Panama incur fairly high import/duty taxes. The only time these high import/duty tax won’t occur is if the owner of the car is a member of an international organization, a U.S. contractor or an accredited diplomat. Tax/Duty is 27% – 30% of the sum of CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight). Just give us a call and we’ll guide you through the process!
Why choose us over the competition?
We have a solid track record and are an Accredited Company registered with the Better Business Bureau. Click the BBB image to the left to validate our A+ Accreditation. When shipping a car, an owner should only work with a BBB Accredited business.
We are registered with the FMC (Federal Maritime Commission). Click the image to the left and Select “Organization Name” and type in “Ship Overseas”. Here is proof of our FMC Certification (also known as a NVOCC License). Never use an international car shipping company who cannot prove they are certified with the Federal Government.
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This information was written by Francisco Meza.
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