Freight Transport: Conflict in the Region

The Panamanian government temporarily restricted road carriers from Honduras and Nicaragua from lifting cargo at bonded warehouses, free zones, and ports in Panama.

Friday, February 22, 2019

This action by the Panamanian government comes after the authorities evaluated a complaint made by local carriers, who protested about the treatment received in Honduras and Nicaragua.

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One of the decrees issued last February 19 argues that Panamanian carriers have prohibitions for the lifting of cargo "... in all Nicaraguan territory regardless of the destination that carries that cargo."

The other decree, issued on February 18, explains that "... the Deputy Directorate of Customs Revenue was instructed not to process or accept customs declarations of international transit associated with goods loaded in the national territory of Honduras, in which one of Panamanian nationality is listed as a carrier of international transit."

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The official documents that the National Customs Authority decided to restrict "... on a temporary basis, the lifting of cargo in bonded warehouses, free zones and ports located in the territory of the Republic of Panama to carriers of international transit of land cargo of Nicaraguan and Honduran nationality."

See resolution regarding Honduran and Nicaraguan carriers.

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