Panama in the Central American Customs Union

From October 20 a decree will be in effect which integrates into a single document the national legislation and the Uniform Central American Customs Code, necessary for Panama's full integration into the block.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Director General of Customs, Jose Gomez Nunez, told that "... the institution is prepared for the implementation of Cabinet Decree No. 12, warning that a period of six months has been given for stakeholders to comply with the new requirements of Cauca and its regulations."

From October, transport companies must provide an electronic manifest document in the computer system of the National Customs Authority (Ana) 48 hours in advance, in the case of maritime traffic, and in the case of air traffic the deadline is at least two hours before arrival of the aircraft.

"... In addition, a declaration as the only primary zone of special jurisdiction of customs territory is given to the canal area covered by the sea ports located at the terminals of the Panama Canal on the Pacific side and Colon province, which are enabled for foreign trade."

See provisions established by the National Customs Authority.

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