Road Freight in Panama

In order to get the most leverage from the Canal as sea and air hub optimization of Panamanian land cargo transportation is needed.

Monday, August 29, 2016

From a statement issued by the Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (CCIAP):

The Chamber of Commerce, Industries and Agriculture of Panama (CCIAP), through its Committee on Logistics and in order to promote the country as a regional transit hub, recently presented to the National Assembly some modifications to the Bill on Land Cargo Transportation, with a view to promoting the logistics sector and creating a more agile and efficient business relationship with Central American nations.

This initiative will help to consolidate the economic development of Panama, characterized by enhancing our geographical position as an international logistics center for cargo transshipment and transport, and connectivity, supported by Panamanian ports, which will become the main ones in Central America, facilitating trade between the countries in the area. It also promotes conditions that encourage competitiveness of freight by land, supplementing our air and maritime trade routes, allowing a comprehensive strengthening of the Panamanian logistics sector. 

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Cargo transport: Convoy Figure Replaced

August 2020

Following the protests reported on August 29, Costa Rican authorities decided that as of September 9, units with foreign plates transiting from border to border in the country will be monitored by GPS and will no longer be given convoy escort.

As a form of protest, drivers of cargo vehicles kept the traffic blocked at Paso Canoas, a border post between Panama and Costa Rica.

Blockades Continue on Costa Rica - Panama Border

February 2016

The union has exhausted dialogue with the regional government of Chiriqui and is a blockading the border preventing the movement of freight carriers in Central America.

The provincial government in Chiriqui has failed to prevent Panamanian carriers, organized by the National Chamber of Cargo Transportation in Panama, (Canatraca) from indefinitely blocking the passage of trucks across the border in Paso Canoas (information at time of going to press at 3:30 p.m).

Panama: Freight Strike on Monday

February 2016

Domestic carriers have reaffirmed their intention to strike on Monday, February 15, in protest against the outsourcing of cargo from the ZLC to international companies.

The president of the National Chamber of Cargo Transportation (Canatraca), Manuel Mora, told that "...

Inland Freight Transport in Panama

April 2012

Land freight transport is booming, having grown by 9% in 2011 and contributing 11.5% to GDP.

In recent years, the land freight sector in Panama has grown in volume, transporting more goods to destinations in Central America, Mexico and even in the U.S.

"Overall, the sector contributes 11.5% to gross domestic product (GDP).

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