General Characteristics of the Industry


These are five 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:
COOPSEMTRACANI - Cooperativa de Servicios Multiples Transporte de Carga Nacional e Internacional, R.L. Email:
Cooperativa de Transporte de Carga Serafín Niño 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.