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What is the Panama Transit Fee?

Common Freight Costs & Charges


Who Charges the Panama Transit Fee: Carrier


Charge At: Port to Port leg


Panama Transit Fee Description: As the name suggests, this is a fee for ocean voyages should they pass through the Panama Canal.


Panama Transit Fee Tips: This standard non-negotiable pass-through charge mostly applies to FCL. You should question your forwarder if charged on an LCL shipment.


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