Extension for Payment of Panama Canal Fee

The Panama Chamber of Commerce requested the Panama Canal Authority to postpone the start of collection of the fee for the use of fresh water in the Canal, which would begin to be paid on February 15, 2020.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

On January 13, the Panama Canal Authority announced that this year "... the value of water will be incorporated into the line of other maritime services through a charge for fresh water, which will depend on the availability of the resource at the time of the vessel's transit. The freshwater charge is applicable to all vessels over 125 feet in length that transit the Canal:

Fixed component: $10,000 for each transit
Variable component: percentage of toll set on the basis of the daily level of Lake Gatun of between 1% and 10% of the toll. That is, the higher the level of the lake, the less percentage would be charged, and similarly, the lower the level of the lake, the higher the percentage.

In light of this announcement, the Panama Maritime Chamber (CMP) has expressed its "... concern that these measures have been announced, without prior formal consultation with the different guilds of the national maritime industry, and the international end users of the Canal."

For the CMP, the measure lacks elements of certainty and clarity for the ACP's end customers, in order to determine, under criteria within its control and estimation, the rates to be recognized by the Authority for the transit of vessels, according to the guild's statement.

The House calls on the ACP to postpone charging, as dialogue must first take place with the aim of finding alternatives that will benefit the Authority and the maritime industry, without affecting the competitiveness of the sector and transit projections and estimates. The CMP requests that the methodology for calculating this new cost be reviewed.

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From a statement issued by the Maritime Authority of Panama:

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May 2012

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