Panama: Growing Business of Bunker Fuel

The rise in prices and fuel supply problems in markets like Colombia explain the 10% increase in sales of bunker fuel in the first half of the year.

Monday, August 31, 2015

After experiencing a slight decrease in the rate of business growth, companies engaged in the storage and sale of marine or bunker fuel say they feel there is an improvement in the activity. In previous years, vessels transiting the Canal were buying fuel in Colombia and other Caribbean countries.

"... One reason for vessels to have returned has been attributed to a problem of availability of marine fuel in Colombia and the prices are much higher, factors that favor the free zones for oil in Panama right now. "

"... In the country there are 12 free zones for fuels with valid concessions, and they have storage capacity to 30 million barrels, including aviation fuel tanks at Tocumen International Airport. These oil-free zones enjoy certain tax incentives granted by law to boost the sector.

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