Customs: Authorized Economic Operator System in Panama

Companies that are certified as AEOs are able to reduce paperwork and are given priority at customs offices.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Like Costa Rica and Guatemala, Panama is now using the AEO program. Companies interested in obtaining certification should contact the National Customs Authority.

From a statement issued by the Presidency of Panama:

A program to certify private sector companies dedicated to foreign trade and which is regulated by customs rules was launched on Wednesday by the Government of the Republic of Panama, through the National Customs Authority (ANA).

The Authorized Economic Operator (OEA) tool, according to Jose Gomez, director of the ANA, is aimed at companies who implement preventive and security measures to protect their logistics chain.

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