Some people move to Panama with a few suitcases. Some people want to ship everything they own to Panama. And, some people just want to ship some things or a few plastic totes. There is a way to get your things to Panama regardless of how much you want to ship.
Watch the replay of this Livestream with Ron Ponton from Mexico Moving Company. We discuss the biggest mistake people make when shipping household goods to Panama and how to have a successful move.
READ THIS ARTICLE TOO == Important Things to Know About Shipping HouseHold Goods to Panama
This is the right way to pack household goods
This is the wrong way to pack household goods:
Commonly Asked Questions:
• Do you need a visa before you ship household goods
If you will ship 20 or 40 foot container, we will need a copy of your temporary visa card. You will need to present in Panama at the time of customs clearance
• How does the $10,000 tax-free exclusion work
All Pensionado or Friendly Nations Visa Holders qualify for a $10,000 tax exemption on personal effects. Anything over that value, a tax of 22% is charged
• What does it cost to ship a 20′ vs 40′ Container
Average cost for 20-foot container: $12-$14,000
Average cost for 40-foot container: $15-$17,000
Average cost for 2 pallets: $5-7,000
o All costs depend on pickup and destination location
• How long does it take to get the container to Panama
4-6 weeks on average. Lead times may be longer due to port congestion.
We recommend storing goods in US or Canada until you have a delivery location ready in Panama. We also have storage locations in Panama that can be used if you would like to store there. However, Panama storage units are not climate-controlled.
• Can you ship a car with your household goods
We do help with vehicle shipping. Cars are usually shipped using a Ro-ro (roll on -roll off service). Cars are taxed upon entry to Panama at 22% of the car value. The car’s value is subject to valuation by Panama Customs. (I will explain more about this during the call)
• What if you want to ship household goods from Panama back to __
We handle this as well. Please note however that shipping back to the US is a bit more expensive. US Customs does lots of inspections, much more than shipping into Panama.
• What cannot be shipped to Panama?
ITEMS THAT ARE NOT ALLOWED WITHIN HOUSEHOLD GOODS
AND PERSONAL EFFECTS
NO new items… Although a new item has been in storage
for months, it is considered NEW for customs. All
items must have been IN USE.
NO weapons… Decorative knifes or guns are NOT allowed.
NO chemicals… Soaps, detergents, cleaning items, etc.
NO medications… Over-the-counter, nor prescribed
medications are allowed.
NO live plants
NO type of alcoholic beverages
NO flammable items