Colón Free Port

Two companies have already registered in the system that allow operators in the Colon Free Zone to open subsidiaries for retail sales in the 16 blocks of the area undergoing a redevelopment process in the old town of Colon.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Companies wishing to apply to receive the benefits offered by Colón Free Port (CPL by its initials in Spanish) can now register as an infrastructure or commercial investor with legal advice to the Colon Free Zone (CFZ).

"... The process is similar to registering as a user of the colon free zone. The fee for registration is $250, and the investor must complete a form and provide various documents such as the notice of operation and the up to date ´Paz y Salvo´ document, among others.  To access the tax benefits provided by law, companies must meet certain requirements, such as hiring labor originating from Colon. Among the incentives are exemption from capital tax and tax on import materials, machinery, raw materials, tools and other inputs required for operations in the free port special system. " reports that "...In August the advisory board of the CPL approved the list of products to be marketed in the area. These range from appliances, technology items, clothing, footwear and jewelry to items for the office and home furniture, cosmetics, and others. They do not include liquor, cigarettes or food."

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