Moving to Panama from the US

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Moving to Panama from US

Are you making the leap to Panama from the USA? SDC International Shipping specializes in moving to Panama and other Central American countries, handling the transportation of your household goods, personal effects, and even your vehicles to any destination you require.

In the midst of your research, planning, and anticipation for this life-changing journey, you can set aside concerns about the logistics of your move. Entrust the task to international professionals who will ensure a smooth transition for you. If you are in need of a reliable company to transport your belongings, SDC International Shipping is here to make your overseas relocation a seamless success.

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Shipping Household Goods to Panama 

When shipping household goods to Panama, there are important considerations to keep in mind depending on your citizenship status:

  • For Returning Panamanian Citizens: Panamanian citizens can import household goods, furniture, and personal belongings tax-free if they have lived outside Panama for at least two years.
  • For New Household Items: There is a 22% customs tax on the resale value of household goods when shipping to Panama.
  • For Non-Panamanian Citizens: Non-Panamanian citizens can import household goods tax-free up to $10,000 if they have a visa; otherwise, a 22% tax applies if the value exceeds $10,000.

Preparing for shipment can be a complex task. By engaging SDC International Shipping, a specialist in household moving, you can rest assured knowing that every aspect of your move to Panama will be handled with care. From creating a detailed inventory with item values to providing wooden packing crates for restricted items, we are dedicated to simplifying the process for you. If you are relocating to Panama from the USA as a Panama Pensionado visa holder, we can assist you in navigating the various tax rates and regulations seamlessly.



Shipping Cars and Other Vehicles to Panama

Unless you fall under specific categories such as being an accredited diplomat, a member of an international organization, or a US contractor, importing a vehicle into Panama will typically incur import taxes.

  • Customs in Panama levy a 7% VAT tax on all vehicles, regardless of their age.
  • Vehicles imported to Panama are subject to various tax rates based on their CIF value and age, ranging from 5% for hybrid and electric cars to up to 25% for vehicles with a CIF value exceeding $25,000.
  • The duty fee for importing vehicles to Panama varies based on their age, with fees of $750 for vehicles newer than one year, $1,000 for two-year-old cars, and $1,500 for vehicles older than three years.
  • Shipping a car to Panama can be done through methods like container consolidation or RoRo shipping.

As an experienced car shipping service, we handle the paperwork intricacies on your behalf. We assist in submitting all required documents to the relevant authorities in Panama before shipping your vehicle. These documents typically include:

  • Passport
  • Pollution certificate
  • Commercial certificate
  • Consular document
  • Proof of tax payment
  • Original Bill of Lading

Under a Pensionado Visa, you may be exempt from car import taxes. However, regulations vary based on the type of vehicle being imported. We recommend consulting with our Panama logistics expert to gain clarity on applicable fees and regulations tailored to your specific situation.


Piano and Artwork Shipping to Panama

When it comes to moving delicate items like pianos and artwork, specialized care is essential. At SDC International Shipping, we understand the unique requirements involved in transporting such valuables. We provide dedicated training for our staff, customized packing solutions, and meticulous handling throughout transit.

To ensure the safety of your precious possessions, we utilize special equipment, climate-controlled containers, and warehouses. Fine art and antiques are meticulously packed with generous padding and secured in sturdy wooden crates to safeguard them during the journey.

Our team of overseas piano movers and artwork shippers consists of licensed and insured professionals with expertise in handling valuable items. You can trust us to transport your pianos and artwork with the utmost care and attention to detail, ensuring they arrive at their destination securely and in pristine condition.


Choosing Between Air Freight and Ocean Freight for Your Move to Panama

When relocating to Panama, you have the option of transporting your household items via either air or ocean freight. Sea freight stands out as the most cost-effective method for moving to Panama. For larger households, our Full Container Load (FCL) service provides a comprehensive solution, while Less than Container Load (LCL) is ideal for smaller shipments.

If time is of the essence and waiting 6-8 weeks for traditional ocean freight is not feasible, our air freight services offer a prompt alternative. With weekly departures to the Panama City Airport, we ensure swift delivery for urgent shipments.

Key ocean ports in Panama include:

  • Balboa
  • Colon
  • Panama City
  • Manzanillo
  • Cristobal

For air cargo, the primary airport is:

  • Panama City (PTY)

Whether you opt for the cost-effective sea freight or the expedited air freight option, SDC International Shipping is equipped to handle your relocation to Panama efficiently and securely.


Moving To Panama from the USA: More Services from SDC

When embarking on a move to Panama from the USA, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free relocation is paramount. In addition to the comprehensive services already outlined, we provide a range of additional long-distance moving solutions to transport your household goods securely and affordably.

At SDC International Shipping, we are dedicated to offering a seamless moving experience, tailored to meet your specific needs. Our goal is to make your transition to Panama as stress-free as possible, providing you with reliable and efficient services every step of the way.

We take pride in providing tailored shipping solutions to individuals, families, and retirees embarking on a move to Panama from any location in the USA. With our wealth of skills, experience, and expertise, we stand as your most reliable partner throughout the relocation process.

Count on us to be your trusted ally, ensuring a seamless and stress-free transition to your new home in Panama. Our commitment is to deliver exceptional service that meets your unique needs and exceeds your expectations every step of the way.


Popular Destinations for Moving to Panama from the USA

For expats moving to Panama from the USA, Panama City emerges as the top choice. While we offer door-to-door service to any city in Panama, the following locations tend to have higher concentrations of American expats:

  • Panama City
  • San Miguelito
  • Las Cumbres
  • La Chorrera
  • Tocumen
  • Pacota

These areas are popular among Americans for their diverse amenities, expat communities, and quality of life. Whether you are drawn to the bustling city life of Panama City or the more tranquil surroundings of other regions, SDC International Shipping can assist you in making a smooth transition to your preferred destination in Panama.


Why Choose SDC International Shipping for Your Move to Panama

At SDC International Shipping, trust is at the core of our service philosophy. We believe that trust is earned through transparency, reliability, and exceptional service.

Here’s what Lily Z., one of our valued customers, had to say about her experience with us:

“The SDC team is great. They packed my things so fast and when watching them doing the job, I can’t help but praise their professionalism. They also included insurance in case my things got damaged on the way over. Fortunately, I got my shipment and when I started unpacking, nothing was broken. Thank you, SDC, for your great service!”

Lily’s testimonial reflects our commitment to providing efficient, professional, and secure moving services. From expert packing to reliable transportation and insurance coverage, we prioritize the safety and integrity of your belongings throughout the relocation process. Choose SDC International Shipping for a hassle-free and trustworthy move to Panama, backed by a team dedicated to exceeding your expectations. Contact us today to get started!

Moving to Panama from the US

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