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How Much Does it Cost to Ship a Container from Panama to USA?

The price to ship a container from Panama to the USA is determined by several factors, including:

  • The distance from the port of loading to the port of discharge
  • The carrier’s route and schedule
  • Any surcharges or other additional fees payable
  • The level of demand for freight capacity at the time of your quotation.
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How Much Does it Cost to Ship a 20-foot Container?

If you want to ship a 20-foot container from Panama to the USA, most freight forwarders will quote you an average price from $1,500 to $4,000 (USD). 

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How Much Does it Cost to Ship a 40-foot Container?

Are you planning to ship a 40-foot container from Panama to the USA? If so, expect an average price from $2,000 to $6,000 (USD).

Container Shipping Rates from Panama to USA

We are committed to securing the cheapest shipping rates from Panama to the USA for our customers, but ocean freight rates fluctuate seasonally and in response to a range of economic factors.

Prices for shipping cargo in 20-foot containers are usually the lowest, but if you have the volume to ship in 40-foot containers, the per-unit cost (per pallet, carton, etc.) of transporting your goods will typically reduce.

You can see some ranges of rates for shipping containers from Panama to the USA in the table below.

Country of Departure
Container Size FCL Rates From (USD)
From Cristobal to Newark 20-foot $1,500
From Cristobal to Newark 40-foot $2,000
From Manzanillo to Charleston 20-foot $1,500
From Manzanillo to Charleston 40-foot $2,000
From Cristobal to Norfolk 20-foot $1,500
From Cristobal to Norfolk 40-foot $2,000
From Manzanillo to Philadelphia 20-foot $1,500
From Manzanillo to Philadelphia 40-foot $2,000
From Manzanillo to Miami   20-foot $1,000
From Manzanillo to Miami   40-foot $1,500
From Cristobal to Savannah  20-foot $1,500
From Cristobal to Savannah  40-foot $2,000
From Colon to Miami 20-foot $1,500
From Colon to Miami 40-foot $2,000

How Long Does it Take to Ship from Panama to USA?

Panama and the USA are not so far from one another, so average transit times are typically less than those associated with shipping from Asian and European ports.

Some South American ports are close enough to the United States to compete on transit times with Panama, but in the main, Panama to the USA is one of the fastest trade lanes. Some routes involve transit time of just three to four days, as you can see from the table below.

Transit Days
From Cristobal to Newark 13
From Manzanillo to Charleston 10
From Cristobal to Norfolk 8
From Manzanillo to Philadelphia 7
From Manzanillo to Miami  7
From Cristobal to Savannah  4
From Colon to Miami 3

Ocean Freight from Panama to USA

The ability to ship a large quantity of goods at an affordable price is one of the most valued benefits of ocean freight forwarding, especially for shippers who can take advantage of full-container-load (FCL) freight forwarding.

However, even less-than-container-load (LCL) shipping costs far less than air freight, for example.

LCL shipping is the ideal solution when you export small consignments of goods on an occasional or even regular basis from Panama to the USA.

For larger shipments, or if you don’t wish your goods to share container space with other shippers’ cargo, we recommend that you opt for our FCL services.


Top 5 Container Shipping Routes to USA from South America

At Interworld Freight, we specialize in container shipping between South and Central America and the USA, so Panama is just one of the origin countries we serve. For instance, some of our highest-volume routes to US ports originate in the following South American countries:

  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Argentina
  • Peru
  • Costa Rica

Top 5 Container Shipping Routes from Panama to South America

The USA is our top destination country for container freight from Panama, but our services to South America are always in demand too. Here are five of our top destination countries in that region.

  • Argentina
  • Brazil
  • Uruguay
  • Ecuador
  • Chile

Related Services


Ocean Freight

For the maritime legs of your shipments, you can choose either full container load (FCL) or less-than-container-load (LCL) shipping.


Road Freight

When you need to get your goods moved to and from ocean freight terminals and/or consolidation/deconsolidation centers, our road freight services, which include container drayage, FTL and LTL trucking, make it as simple as can be.


Integrated Shipping for Industry

While container shipping is a standardized practice, goods for some industries require special handling practices and conditions. We offer specialized container services for US imports connected with the following industries:

Main Ports in United States

We provide LCL and FCL container freight forwarding from Panama to all major terminals in the United States, including the 20 ports listed below:

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