General Characteristics of the Industry


These are four of the main associations in Panama:

Main Associations in Panama Contact

CANATRACA – Asociación Nacional de Transportistas de Carga

ATRACAPA – Asociación de Transporte de Carga de Panamá

Coordinadora de Transporte de Carga de Colón

SICACHI – Sindicato de Transporte de Carga de Chiriquí Email:



Among the Central American countries can be considered two huge associations:

Main Associations Contact

ATI – Asociación de Transporte Internacionales

FECATRANS – Federación Centroamericana de Transporte

Vehicle Classification

The following table shows the Transit and Ground Transportation vehicle classification took it from Transit and Land Transportation Authority.

Vehicle type Name Definition

Schematic Configuration                                                                                                                                           

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C Truck


(Jargon: Camión)

Motor vehicle designed to carry cargo, whose cab is integrated with the cargo's vessel.
T Tractor unit


(Jargon: Mula)

Motor vehicle designed to tow semi-trailers, trailers, devices or implements.
S Semi-trailer


(Jargon: Furgón)

Device used to transport cargo. It is mobilized by a vehicle on which it rests part of its weight and load.


R Trailer


(Jargon: Furgón)

Device without own propulsion used to carry people or cargo that can be moved by a vehicle using a bar or plug without transmitting its weight.


Road Projects

The Ministry of Public Works during the last 3 years has directed its work strategy in the following elements:

  • Investment projects
  • Construction and maintenance of vehicular and pedestrian bridges
  • "Working for your neighborhood" program for the maintenance and repair of roads
  • Channeling and dredging in rivers and creeks

Summary of Projects in Execution by Provincias

Provincias y Comarcas Number of Projects Total Kilometers
Bocas del Toro (dos proyectos de dragado de 5,2 km en total)  3 19.50
Cocle 14 332.80
Colón 4 58.68
Chiriquí 12 396.47
Darién 2 28.52
Herrera 15 272.82
Los Santos 6 166.53
Panamá 6 126.41
Panamá Oeste 7 127.83
Veraguas 7 403.27
Comarca Kuna Yala 0 0
Comarca Ngäbe-Buglé 3 85.40
Total of national projects 79 2,018.24

Total investment:  US $1,893 million.


Some of the projects that will help the trucking industry are as follows:

Project Details
Design and construction for the road rehabilitation and widening at Paso Canoas- Puerto Armuelles, Chiriquí 36 km of road improvement and 6 bridges.



Extension of roads -  Playas Corridor, Panamá West

Section 1: 32.6 km of road improvement

Section 2: 25.8 km of road improvement

Design and construction for the rehabilitation of the highway Arraijan-Chorrera, Panama 22.30 km of road improvement.

Source: Ministry of Public Works. 2017