Shipping to Panama

Get up-to-date local information about export procedures and restrictions, demurrage and detention, container drop-offs and more.

Customs House Brokerage

Additional Custom House Brokerage services

PRE-SHIPMENT Consulting & special product licensing

  • New Product Entry - Permit Assessment VAS*
  • Attorney Representation - Permit Generation – VAS*
  • First Importer/Exporter - Process Advisory

What is required to complete Customs House Brokerage?

Required Paperwork

  • Original Commercial Invoice stating FOB/CIF value
  • Packing List (not mandatory)
  • Original BL (including freight charges)
  • Certificate of Origin if applicable
  • Additional Certificates if applicable (Authorities, Fumigation, etc.)

Required Information

  • Preferred HTC per line (not mandatory)
  • Written confirmation of acceptance duties & taxes pre-settlement sent by CHB before con-tainer discharge at POD.
  • Note: if no international insurance amount is declared, customs will assume 1% of declared CIF value is associated to insurance purposes.

More Requirements

  • Certificated check for duties & taxes payment.


Q: What can hold up my Customs Clearance?
A: A variety of reasons can hold up a clearance, to name a few but not limited to, would be awaiting mandatory documents, awaiting payment, customs holds, Port Authority holds and vessel delays.

Q: What is a classification number HS Code?
A: A classification number is a unique digit code that relates to a specific product and determines and determines the amount of Duty payable and the Non-Tariff Regulations required to clear the cargo.

Q: Why do I need to provide a classification number HS Code?
A: Correct classification of goods is critical to identification of cargo’s arriving into Panama and the related Non-tariff regulations required. Cargo description and technical information are required to determine the correct classification.

Q: How will I know when my shipment has cleared customs?
A:Our team will email the customer with clearance paperwork as soon as the shipment has been released from customs and is free to leave the port.

Q: Who can I contact regarding my Customs Clearance?

Q: Who will invoice me for my Customs Clearance?
A: Damco will raise an invoice with the local charges and expenses, as well as the CHB.

Q: I have a query regarding my Customs Clearance Invoice, who can I contact?

Abbreviations & Explanations

CHB = Customs House Brokerage
VAT = Value Added Tax
HTS = Harmonized Tariff Schedule
EORI = Economic Operators’ Registration and Identification
AEO = Authorized Economic Operator
POA = Power of Attorney
T1 = Transit Document which allows the movement of non-EU commodity between two customs offices (EU)
T2L = Document which proofs the EU status

Demurrage and Detention

Operator Maersk
Port/Terminal Names PABLB and PAMAN
Valid from 1st January 2019
Valid to 31st December 2019
Charge Type Storage and Detention - Export
Commodity Codes
Transport Mode All transport modes
Service Mode All service modes
Freetime DAYS Calendar / Working Same / Next day if after
DRY 7 Calendar Same_Day
REEF 7 Calendar Same_Day
IMO 7 Calendar Same_Day
OTHER 7 Calendar Same_Day
From (Days) To (Days) Rate for 20 DRY Rate for 40/45 DRY Rate for 40 REEF Rate for 20' Flat & Open Top Rate for 40' Flat & Open Top
PABLB Storage 8 Thereafter USD 22 USD 43 USD 43 USD 22 USD 43
PAMAN Storage 8 Thereafter USD 25 USD 50 USD 50 USD 25 USD 50
Detention 8 Thereafter USD 60 USD 60 USD 60 USD 60 USD 60


For container reservation booking form must be filled out with complete information. 
Use form from our booking service in the *website or desktop solution tool to save 
valuable time and receive faster response.
Shipping instructions 
Complete information needs to be filled out in shipping instructions form. For a faster 
shipping instruction creation you can use our *website or desktop solution tool.

Original shipping instructions are subject to clauses for reefer and hazardous cargo type.
Special cargoes 
OOG, B/B and IMO cargo are subject to standard Maersk Line approval procedures. 
For these cargo types shippers must send shipping instructions and gate in containers to port 
at least three hours ahead of cutoffs. For cutoffs information refer to service cutoffs. 


  • Road Weight Limitation in Panama: 31,900 Kg (GROSS WEIGHT) for 20', 40' and 45'units. For units that exceed this weight, a fine will be received from Local Transit Authority according to local laws. 
  • Not acceptable in PABLB, PAMAN IMO CLASS 1.1/1.2/5.1 (UNNO 1490)/7

Contact us

If you want to speak to a sales person about a new shipment or if you have a question about your existing shipment, you can email us and we will respond within the next two days. If you have a more immediate question, you can search for help online.