Panama: Improvements to the Colon Free Zone

The government is proposing relaxing charges for maritime entry, waste collection, and security, and is awaiting a response from users of the Free Zone on 1 March.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

The proposal sent by the Government of Panama to the Association of Users of the Colon Free Zone (AU) provides for reductions in the charges for maritime entry from $150 to $25, as requested by the AU, a reduction in the fee for waste and security services and a change in the use of the declaration of commercial movement.

See also: "Ideas for Turning Colon Free Zone Around" reports that "... while the cost of $15 for each form was not reduced, the Government has proposed eliminating the limit of 10 lines for registering sales and allowing this to be unlimited. This allows companies to avoid having to pay $15 each time they have more than 10 records. This format was inherited when the registration changed from being made on chemical paper to being made on a computer."

See also: "More Companies Leaving Colon Free Zone"

"... As for the proposal on tax matters, the parties involved chose not to reveal what the details are until the agreement between the government and entrepreneurs has been confirmed. The AU convened a special meeting for March 1st, where its president Marco Tellez will disclose the government's proposal and it will be seen if the adjustments presented by the Government is well received by users of the free trade area ".

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