Panama Logistics Platform
A logistics platform is the combination of infrastructure, technology, processes, regulations and people that enable the movement, transformation and storage of products. Much of Panama’s logistics platform has been developed to support international trade. The logistics platform is organized into logistics business components. Panama has a set of logistics components that have been working in an organic and coordinated system for almost a century. These components include seaports, airports, special economic zones, and a network that includes a transisthmian railroad, expressway, and roads geographically well positioned to be a hub for regional and international trade.
Currently, Panama’s strategic location together with expanding and continuous development of infrastructure drive national and international stakeholders to look at Panama as a potential location to supply both North American and Latin American markets both via transshipment and as a hub for distribution. Panama’s high level of connectivity attracts investors and multi national corporations to the country.
Assets and Services
Logistics components can be divided into two groups: logistics assets and logistics services.
The logistics assets represent the "hardware" of the system. This includes all of infrastructure nodes (seaports, airports, special economic zones, terminal, border crossing) and links (railroads, highways, roads) that make up the logistics network.
The logistics services are the "software" of the logistics platform. These are the different activities performed by private and public entities that enable an effective movement of cargo and people through the supply chains. A broad variety of services are provided including cargo handling, consolidation, brokerage services, transportation, consulting, among others.