John Mason +44 (0)151 449 3938 International House 35 Wilson Road Huyton Business Park

Moving to Panama

Further details regarding customs regulations for your shipment to Panama can be found below.
Instant quote

Get in touch...

If you are shipping to Panama (Republic of Panama), you will need to be aware of the local import and customs regulations in order to import your furniture and household effects into the country.

Panama is a mainly Spanish speaking country in Central America, some people also speak native languages.

The country is on the isthmus between North and South America and a central point for trade between the Atlantic and Pacific regions. It is one of Central America’s largest economies, largely due to the Panama Canal.

The country attracts expats involved in the shipping industry, due to the Panama Canal, and also related shipping industries as well as other trade and logistics workers. The majority of residents live in the capital city, Panama City, or between the capital and the port of Colón (often referred to as Panama’s second city).

The country was ranked as one of the world’s happiest nation in a Gallop poll so this could be another draw for expats around the world. It has a tropical climate with generally high temperatures and humidity throughout the year.

Mainly because of its European heritage, the country has many cultural traditions which were brought over during the Spanish conquest such as Spanish music and dance. The country also has a US influence, which is particularly evident in the national sports such as Baseball. In addition, Panamanians of course also have a Caribbean cultural influence. Due to its international trade links, Panama is generally considered to be an ethnically diverse country.

Shipping household goods to Panama – Customs Requirements  

  • Documentation needed for importing – passport and visa / work permit, plus employment letter.
  • All shipments are inspected by Panama Customs.
  • Importation of household effects shipped to Panama must be within six months of arrival of the client according to customs regulations.
  • The Customs Inspection by Panama Customs normally occurs at the client’s residence.
  • Panamanians returning (after at least two years overseas) can import used items duty free.
  • New items such as new items of furniture are subject to taxation.

Shipping a car to Panama 

Cars and other vehicles are subject to duty.

Pet Relocation to Panama

A period of 30 days quarantine is required for pets being shipped to Panama from outside of the country.

For further information on shipping to Panama, contact us for a free quotation or to request your Panama Customs Guide. Please note that whilst the above customs information is from official sources, regulations can change on a regular basis so please contact us to confirm the above prior to shipping.

Shipping to Panama News

Did you know that Panama was voted the number one place to retire to in the Global Retirement Index? Read our blog post about it here:

Panama Named the Best Place to Retire Overseas

Our Credentials

As one of the leading providers of overseas removals on a national and international scale, we pride ourselves on providing a professional and friendly service from our highly trained and competent team. We have been recognised by the networks below and we are, therefore, proud of our credentials.
International Removals

Groupage Shipments – Sharing is caring and it can help reduce your shipping costs!

6 August 2018

Awards

Strewth! John Mason International Shortlisted for a CIPR PRide Award!

30 July 2018

International Removals

Importance of selecting a FIDI FAIM International Removals company to move your items

30 July 2018

Australia

John Mason International team up with largest privately owned health insurance provider in Australia

24 July 2018

New Zealand

Fun Facts About New Zealand

22 July 2018

International Removals

Why choosing a BAR member means complete and absolute protection for customers

16 July 2018

Some of our Customer Reviews

From the initial meeting to the pack up John Mason were both friendly and professional. We have already recommended them to friends, we don’t hesitate to recommend them for your move.

Surrey, UK to Auckland, New Zealand - June 2018

My whole experience with John Mason's has been very good, from having Tony surveying till today with the container being packed, I will definitely recommend John Mason to provide removal services.

M.H. South Shields, UK to Perth, Australia – May 2018

Absolutely one of the best movers I have worked with. Pleasant helpful admin staff and the delivery drivers were absolute angels sorting and moving the boxes where I asked them to. Arrived exactly when they said it would.

Selby, UK to Sydney, Australia - April 2018

Read more independent reviews about us on TrustPilot