Shipping Across the Darien Gap Colombia to Panama
The biggest challenge for many travellers is their first shipping experience across the Darien Gap, shipping to and from Panama to Colombia. You can be assured with us, the process will be stress free, simple and plain sailing.
You have several different options for getting your car, 4×4, Motorcycle, truck or motorhome across the Darien Gap:
- RORO Shipping (All Vehicle Types)
- Container Shipping (Limited to 2.597m door opening for a 40ft HC Container)
- Flat Rack
- Private Sail Boat (Motorcycles only)
Shipping Routes Colombia to Panama
The main shipping route is between ports on the Caribbean side of Colombia, from Cartagena to Manzanillo.
RORO Shipping from Colombia to Panama
RORO is the best and cheapest option for oversized vehicles that cannot fit into a container. The alternative is to go flat rack. For smaller vehicles the cost of RORO and sharing a container is comparable.
RORO shipping is less complicated than Container shipping as there is no requirement to stuff and truck the container to and from the port.
However, RORO does pose a greater security risk, as employees of the shipping line will have access to your vehicle. Most travellers nowadays ensure that their vehicle is secured in such a way that the rear portion is not accessible in any way, many do this by creating an internal barrier and ensuring any doors cannot be opened.
Carriers, Routes and Costs
There are several RORO carriers that go from Cartagena Colombia to Manzanillo, Panama. The prices between each of these carriers Is not significant.
Transit times I usually 1 to 2 days.
Services we offer
We offer an all inclusive stress free service which includes customs clearance and agents on the ground in both Colombia and Panama
If you are looking for stress and hassle free shipping from Colombia to Panama, we are the premier shipping agents to use to cross the Darien Gap.
Our pricing on this route is very competitive, and probably the cheapest you will find.
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RORO Schedules Colombia to Panama
RORO Shipping rates from Cartagena Colombia to Manzanillo Panama
|Size Vehicle||Rate||BL||THC Pan||THC Col|
|Other Vehicles||$37.5 per cbm||$75||$150||$140|
*Minimum Freight / BL charge of $500
*Motorhomes with Gas IMO Cert $150
*Rates do not include port fees, BAF, LSL,or Booking & Doc Fees, or an agent for customs clearance.
*All RORO shippers state that they do not accept responsibility for any loss or damage to personal effects or spare parts.
Motorbikes do not need to be crated on this route, however, a minimum BL fee applies which means for a single bike you are looking at close to $1000 inc port fees etc.
Container Shipping from Colombia to Panama
Container shipping from Container Colombia to Manzanillo Panama is the most secure method, provided you are present during the loading, sealing and unloading of the container. Our local agents will be present with you whilst your vehicle is been loaded into the container in Cartagena.
You have the option to ship in 20ft containers or 40ft High Cube (HC) containers. In a 20ft container you would normally only be able to fit one vehicle, 40ft HC you can fit 2 vehicles, or one vehicle and a number of motorbikes.
The cost of a single container for one vehicle surpasses the costs of RORO shipping, however, if sharing a container, the costs become comparable.
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Why ship with us?
We offer fair and reasonable pricing for our services and negotiate rates with our partners to provide you the best possible price.
If you already have a quotation, we will do our best to match or beat any valid quotation.
We have the knowledge, information and the contacts to ensure your vehicle safely reaches its destination. We can advise on permanent & temporary Import requirements, Carnet Requirements, Local laws and customs, Insurance providers and Local agents & partners.
We specialise in shipping vehicles, whether for touring purposes, expeditions or for business.
Every shipment is treated equally no matter the size.
We only use known / trusted agents to clear your vehicle. This helps avoid unexpected costs and complications.
We believe communication is of the utmost importance. During the shipping process we will keep you informed every step of the way.
We understand your needs
We have shipped our own vehicle to many places around the world, and fully understand your needs and requirements as a customer.
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