The ocean freight transportation to Panama is, among the many options in Central America, the most natural choice with difference. Over the last decades, its economy has grown up constantly, which made Panama the country with the highest GDP per capita in the region; the extension of the Panama Canal, the large foreign and domestic investment and its strong logistics industry make the ocean freight transportation to Panama be a safe investment, as rated by the main risk rating firms.
The first you need to know before finalizing the procedures for your ocean freight transportation to Panama is to choose between a Full Container Load (FCL) or a Less than a Container Load (LCL) - Groupage.
FCL is perfect for those who want to make sure their cargo is not contaminated or exposed to the products belonging to other traders. Besides, if you intend to send a volume of 10 or 21 standard American pallets, a 20 or 40-foot container will be the most profitable choice, a 20 and 40-foot container holds 10 and 21 standard American pallets, respectively; notice that each pallet measures 39.37 in. wide and 47.24 in. long. Consider that FCL shipping is a cost-effective solution when you are able to fill up more than half of a container.
However, if you don’t need your products isolated for your ocean freight transportation to Panama, or you can’t fill up a container, the “groupage” will let you save on shipping costs, as you share the container with other traders.
Panamá has five seaport areas: Panama City, Manzanillo, Balboa, Colón, and Cristóbal. These seaports handle the 16000 and the 17000 million dollars in exports and imports, respectively, which is the annual value of the foreign trade of Panama.
In some cases, our clients (if you are exporting), or buyers (if you are importing) need to comply with very demanding terms. If delivery date is one of those demanding terms, we suggest quoting an air freight shipment << be sure that your cargo meets the limitations concerning volume and weight on air shipments >>by using the calculator provided by iContainers.