Shipping to Panama

Get up-to-date local information about import procedures and restrictions, demurrage and detention, container pick-ups and more.

Demurrage and Detention

Operator ✓ Maersk Safmarine MCC Seago ✓ Sealand
Port / terminal Names All Ports
Valid from 1 January 2019
Valid to 31 December 2019
Charge Type Import - Combined D&D
Commodity Codes
Transport Mode All transport modes
Service Mode All service modes
Freetime DAYS Calendar / Working Same / Next day if after Next day if after : TIME
DRY 7 Calendar Same_Day
REEF 4 Calendar Same_Day
IMO 7 Calendar Same_Day
OTHER 4 Calendar Same_Day
From (Days) To (Days) Rate for 20 DRY Rate for 40/45 DRY Rate for 20 REEF Rate for 40 REEF Rate for 20' Flat & Open Top Rate for 40' Flat & Open Top IMO 20' IMO 40'
Tier 1 8 12 USD 100 USD 100 USD 100 USD 100
Tier 2 13 Thereafter USD 120 USD 120 USD 120 USD 120
Tier 1 5 11 USD 125 USD 125 USD 125 USD 125
Tier 2 12 Thereafter USD 150 USD 150 USD 150 USD 150

NOR's are considered under REEF freetime (4 days) and will have a chargeable amount equal to REEF cargo.


Customs and quarantine requirements

  • Customer must present one original bill of lading.
  • Commercial invoice
  • Customer must present a customs clearance document (liquidacion de aduana),for Colon Free Zone delivery free zone document duly completed.
  • Import zoosanitary or phitosanitary and origin certificates for unprocessed animal and vegetal product.

Freight collect approval

For dry containers, charges are accepted without previous notification. For reefer, hazardous, OOG, B/B, personal effects containers are subject to pre-approval, which must be obtained before loading.

Special cargoes 

OOG, B/B and IMO cargo are subject to standard Maersk Line approval procedures. 
Please contact for detailed information. 

Types of BLs

Negotiable Bill of Lading (Original Bill of Lading):

1.    This BL can be printed and send by shipper via courier from origin
2.    Shipper can request Telex Release order
3.    Original BL printing can be assigned by shipper from origin for consignee to be able to print at Panama

Please note this BL can be endorsed

Non Negotiable Sea Waybill

Consignee requires a copy or certified true copy of this BL to seal the release. If you require a freighted or not freighted copy of this BL, you may kindly send an email to to request the copy.

Necessary Documentation for Release:

1.    Official letter of authorization stating responsible person to withdraw release at the counters on behalf of the company
2.    Check or deposit slip paying the import charges
3.    BL originals or Sea Waybill copy

Necessary Documentation to retrieve transport orders:

1.    Booking confirmation
2.    Official letter containing the responsible person to retrieve the documentation on behalf of company (Name, ID, Trucking Company Name, Plate)
3.    ID or passport copy of the person signing the official letter

For inland service coordinations (Store Door)

o    Please



Damaged containers

please send following information to :

o    Pictures of the container:

o    BL number:

o    Shipper:

o    Consignee:

o    Container Number:

o    Cargo type:

o    Damage description:

o    Discharge port:

o    Gate out empty date:

o    Gate in full estimated date:

o    Port where you will  be returning the empty unit:

Email Adresses for Customer Service Panama

For your convenience and in the means to improve our response time, we kindly remind you the email adresses we have for each areas in a shipment.
Booking confirmations Arrival Notice Cutoffs 
Documentation/Cargo Delivery Extensions
Booking / BL Amendments that are not feasible using webpage Freighted/ Not-Freighted BL Copies (Import Shipments) Booking Rolling Letters
Destination Release Import Detention Confirmation
Re-exports Release Enquiries, Telex Release Enquiries Containers Relations
Triangulations Late Addition Application
General Export Enquiries

In For inland service coordination (Store Door)

Please should said Please contact


Weight restrictions: 
A. Overall weight measurement

Before leaving the port facilities, containers are weighed in order to establish conformance with the overall weight restriction norm of 37,000 kgs.

Following tables can be of help to determine the maximum cargo weight for shipments (weights in kgs):

Tare container 2,400 3,950 4,050 4,850 n/a 4,750
Tare chassis 3,100 3,300 3,300 3,400 n/a 3,300
Tare genset 0 0 0 0 n/a 950
Weight truck 8,750 8,750 8,750 8,750 n/a 8,750
Total 14,250 16,000 16,100 17,000 n/a 17,750
 Max. cargo weight  20,000  21,000  20,900  20,000  n/a  19,250
 Grand total  37,000  37,000  37,000  37,000  n/a  37,000
Tare container n/a 3,050 3,150 3,950 4,150 4,400
Tare chassis n/a 3,300 3,300 3,400 3,300 3,300
Tare genset n/a 0 0 0 950 950
Weight truck n/a 8,750 8,750 8,750 8,750 8,750
Total n/a 15,100 15,200 16,100 17,150 17,400
 Max. cargo weight n/a  21,900  21,800  20,900 19,850  19,600
 Grand total n/a  37,000  37,000  37,000 37,000  37,000

All indicated weights with the exception of the grand total (which indicates the weight restriction) may differ according to individual equipment characteristics. 

Please take into account that the Maximum Cargo Weight indications are merely suggestions, and do not warrant compliance with the Overall Weight Restriction as set by the government, as too many variables come into the equation. All the tare numbers have calculated on the high side in order to leave a safe margin.

Weight restriction is determined for overall weight put on road surface, meaning: weight truck + weight truck driver + tare chassis + tare chassis/flatbed + weight genset + weight container + weight cargo, which must not exceed 37,000 kgs (81,400 lbs).

Authorities grant a 5% tolerance, not included in the numbers.  However, the distribution of the cargo inside the container is also a determinating factor, as, in addition per-axle limitations exist and are enforced.

B. Per-axle weight measurement

There is also a weight check at a point along the highway. Here, weight is measured per axle (of truck & of chassis) in order to establish conformance with per-axle specifications (which are specified below).

Conformance with these norms implies an even distribution of the cargo inside the container. An unevenly stowed shipment may be inside the overall weight limit, but be overweight on a specific axle. Non-conformance results unequivocally in fines and the forced transload of overweight cargo into a second unit. All related costs will have to be covered by the consignee before delivery can take place.

Following tables specify the maximum per axle weights (weights in kgs):

T3S2 Axle 1 Axle 2-3 Axle 4-5 T3S3  Axle 1 Axle 2-3   Axle 4-5-6
Limit 5,000 16,000 16,000 Limit 5,000 16,000  20,000
5% tolerance 250 800 800 5% tolerance 250  800  1000
Max. allowed 5,250 16,800 16,800 Max. allowed 5,250  16,800  21,000
Max. overall --- 37,000 --- Max. overall --- 41,000 ---

Email your local office

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.