Panama: Imported Machinery Retained

Arguing that the entry of heavy equipment containing soil residues is prohibited, Panama retained several containers from South Africa, which transported used machines.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

The containers are in the fiscal zone (security area) of Balboa Port, which are owned by Consorcio Panamá and Minera Panamá, which reached Panamanian waters at the end of August 2019, informed the Ministry of Agricultural Development.

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The statement explains that "... The companies did not report to the Agricultural Quarantine Directorate the arrival of these containers with rolling equipment such as cranes, tractors and generating units.

The director of Agricultural Quarantine, Cecilia de Escobar reported that both companies have been sent notes telling them that these soil machineries cannot enter the country by law, since they put at risk the phyto-zoosanitary heritage and, therefore, have to return to their country of origin.

They have to (Consorcio Panamá and the company Minera Panamá) take that equipment to other countries to carry out the proper washing, because they don't have to have land, since they can be carriers of diseases, we will be energetic and they have to leave', said the official.

De Escobar said that these companies have been reiterated repeatedly that they have to adhere to the rules and comply with the procedure, but have pointed out that taking this machinery to other countries would cost them a quarter of a million dollars.
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