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Cost of Shipping a Container to Panama

Published on 2021-09-03

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How Much Does It Cost To Ship A Container To Panama?

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Panama Container Shipping Cost

Moving a container to Panama is a time-consuming and exhausting process. You are responsible for the cargo’s packing, loading, and unloading.

In addition to that, you must also pay the people who are managing your container during the shipping procedure.

If you don’t want that hassle, be sure to contact us, Three Movers. We’re a moving firm with services available at different locations all around the world, including Panama.

But how much will our service cost you? The cost of international shipments isn’t always the same. Several factors can affect the overall shipping cost. To give you an idea, here are the factors that affect your shipping expenses.

Factors That Affect the Cost of Shipping

Various aspects of the shipping process will affect your expenses. For example, the characteristics of your cargo, distance traveled, and mode of transportation all contribute to how much you will pay for the shipping process.

You’ll pay a higher shipping cost for moving large and heavy products. If you’re going to ship them to a distant country, the moving firm will use the distance traveled by your container to calculate your shipping cost.

Moreover, the cost of shipping is affected by the time of year. Sending your goods during the peak season of Panama will have a huge effect on your expenses.

Expect increased shipping cargo rates and delays if you ship a container to Panama anytime from December to April.

These are the primary factors that influence the price of transporting a container to Panama. However, the following could also affect your expenses:

  • Insurance
  • Packing
  • Taxes and Custom fees
  • Inspections
  • General Rate Increase
  • Storage

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Instant Rates For Shipping Containers To Panama

Average Container Shipping Rates Estimates

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

FCL shipping is best for transporting lots of boxes, pallets and anything which will require a full container shipping to Panama of up to 45,000lbs.

Full Container Load (FCL) Shipping Rates

20 ft Container $855
40 ft Container $950

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

LCL shipping is more affordable way to transport less than container load shipments to Panama.

Less Than Container (LCL) Shipping Rates

Personal Effects $575
Household Goods $775

International House Moving Costs

International house moving to Panama services – quick, easy and cheap.

International House Moving Costs

Partial House (2000Lbs & Less) $550
1 Bedroom (3850 Lbs) $1850
2 Bedroom (4500 Lbs) $2755
3+ Bedroom (8750 Lbs) $3430

Container Car Shipping

International auto transport services to Panama via RoRo and container ships. Ship cars, trucks, suvs, atv’s, boats, RV’s, heavy equipment and more.

Container Car Shipping

Sedan (Container) $1253
SUV (Container) $1387
Sedan via RORO $686
SUV via RORO $756

Which Size of Shipping Container Works Best for Me? 

The answer to this question depends on what you are shipping and your budget. However, your choice could come down to either a 20ft or 40ft container. Both of them are ideal for transferring both residential and business items.

A 20-foot container can accommodate the contents of an average-sized garage. In the meanwhile, a 40-foot container is ideal for transporting equipment or supplies for a micro or small enterprise. It can hold around 20 to 24 pallets.

When it comes to your budget, you have two options for shipping a container.

You can ship a container without paying for the whole cargo space. This option is called LCL (Less Than Container Load) shipment. You will share the cost and cargo space of a container with other people in this form of transportation.

If you don’t want to deal with problems relating to shared container space, you can always pay for the entire container. FCL (Full Container Load) shipping is the term for this mode of transport. After you pay the agreed-upon price, the moving firm will then ship your cargo.

Different Types of Freight Transportation

Moving companies use land, air, and sea freight to transport the shipments.

The best option for you depends on your plans and budget. Let’s say you’re transporting the cargo from the United States. You can use air freight to move your items to Panama. This is the fastest way of transportation. It would only take a day before your cargo arrives at its destination. However, keep in mind that this is the most expensive option.

If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on shipping, go with the land or ocean freight. Although slower than air freight, they are always the less expensive choices for domestic and intercontinental shipments.

What’s next?

Now that you know the factors that could affect the cost of shipping a container to Panama, your next move is to contact us! We’ll give you a free quote then we can start packing your things.

You can call us at (888) 202-0036 or send us an email at [email protected].

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Frequently Asked Questions

FCL and LCL have different shipping times because of what they contain. FCL is a type of cargo made of contents belonging to a single client or shipper while LCL is a type of cargo that has items from various clients. This means that FCL has a single set of documents while LCL has multiple sets of documents for the different clients. FCL has a single destination while the contents of LCL are heading to different clients. This makes the transit times different on average and makes FCL quicker. However, there are now faster FCL shipping services that match the transit speeds of FCL.

No import licenses are required in Panama. Any company holding a commercial license can freely import goods into the country. A commercial or industrial license is required by individuals or companies wishing to engage in commercial or industrial activities. Essential documents for shipping are Commercial Invoice (in original), and Bill of Lading.  Some products will require additional documentation such as sanitary or phytosanitary certificates for food and agricultural products, certificate of free sale for pharmaceutical products, and certificate of origin to access the preferential duties under the TPA. Special import permits are required for all types of firearms, ammunition, and fertilizers.

First of all, do what is necessary to not lose your bill of lading due to its importance in shipping. In the event that the bill of lading is lost, and the bill is negotiable, the shipper will need to get a court order after writing a letter stating the details of the loss of the bill of lading. The court order will allow the carrier to deliver the goods to the intended receiver of the goods under the conditions of the original bill of lading. Most carriers will require a letter of indemnity, indemnifying the transporter from any harm or loss or problems that may ensue from the delivery of goods without a bill of lading. Sometimes a bank guarantee also accompanies the letter of indemnity guaranteeing that the shipper can pay the outstanding shipping bills.

The following items cannot be imported into Panama:

● Counterfeit coins or printed material that imitates currencies. Equipment or instruments for manufacturing coins.

● Liquors, wines, beers, or medicines with labels that falsely describe contents or of any harmful preparation. Certain firearms or war materials.

● Foreign lottery or raffle tickets.

● Opium in the form of gum or for smoking.

● Obscene brochures, books, newspapers, magazines, or postcards containing negative portrayals of the country’s culture, civilization, or dignity.

The country has an overall average import tariff of 12%. However, certain agricultural products are higher. In the case of imports from the United States, Panama has zero tariffs for 87% of the items imported.

Insurance is important for cargo particularly when the shipment has a high value. If the premium to be paid for proper items is less than the value of the items, then insurance becomes a good investment.

It will take an average of 8 days for cargo to be cleared by customs at the seaports. This value might differ for many reasons. During peak periods, the clearance times can double for 3 months at least bringing the average time to over two weeks. Public holidays might add to clearance times. Using LCL shipment can increase clearance times as well as having restricted items among your cargo.

The amount of space required is dependent on the method of delivery of your container. If you are using a crane, you will need just a few feet in addition to the actual dimensions of the container. For a 20ft container that will mean an extra 10 feet in length and an extra 3-5 feet in width. For a 40ft container it the length will need the same extra dimensions. If a truck is to be used to deliver your container, it is advisable to have about twice the area of the container as maneuverable space.

Yes, you can track your container while in transit. You will usually get your tracking feedback electronically. This involves getting a notification by mail when the container gets to a particular country or port and it continues till it gets to the destination.

Shipping Containers Worldwide – Popular Routes

Three Movers can help you ship a container from anywhere in the world to Panama:





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Central African Rep to Panama
Chad to Panama
Chile to Panama
China to Panama
Colombia to Panama
Comoros to Panama
Congo to Panama
Congo {Democratic Rep} to Panama
Costa Rica to Panama
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Cuba to Panama
Cyprus to Panama
Czech Republic to Panama
Denmark to Panama
Djibouti to Panama
Dominica to Panama
Dominican Republic to Panama
East Timor to Panama
Ecuador to Panama
Egypt to Panama
El Salvador to Panama
Equatorial Guinea to Panama
Eritrea to Panama
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Fiji to Panama
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Grenada to Panama
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Guinea to Panama
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Myanmar, {Burma} to Panama
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Nepal to Panama
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Nicaragua to Panama
Niger to Panama
Nigeria to Panama
Norway to Panama
Oman to Panama





Pakistan to Panama
Palau to Panama
Palestine to Panama
Papua New Guinea to Panama
Paraguay to Panama
Peru to Panama
Philippines to Panama
Poland to Panama
Portugal to Panama
Qatar to Panama
Romania to Panama
Russian Federation to Panama
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Saint Vincent & the Grenadines to Panama
Samoa to Panama
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Switzerland, {Eswatini} to Panama
Syria to Panama
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Thailand to Panama
Timor-Leste to Panama
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Tunisia to Panama
Turkey to Panama
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Ukraine to Panama
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United Kingdom to Panama
United States to Panama
Uruguay to Panama
Uzbekistan to Panama
Vanuatu to Panama
Vatican City to Panama
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Vietnam to Panama
Yemen to Panama
Zambia to Panama
Zimbabwe to Panama



Written by Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend is a moving professional and relocation expert that has more than 10 years of experience in the moving industry. With a background that includes working in virtually every aspect of the company, he has distinguished himself as an integral part of our operations with expertise in all things related to moving.

If you have any questions about moving, our services, or anything else you think he may be able to help with, you can contact Chris by emailing him at [email protected]

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