Integration of Logistic Components in Panama

To become a global logistics center, Panama needs to efficiently integrate the various components involved in this sector.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


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Panama is already a leading player in world logistics, and most of its assets "provide excellent results individually, but lack a collective sense."

There is a lack of performance as a team. Connection among railways, roads and port system has not been completed and there is lack of integration between Tocumen Airport and the Colon Free Zone.

"The interruption during the connecting process creates bottlenecks which delay delivery of goods" noted an article in Martesfinanciero.com, "The master program in engineering and management in supply chain by Universidad Latina and Tecnológica de Panamá, in partnership with the University of Georgia Tech and Senacyt, could be the standard to follow if successful."

It also points out the opportunity in offering logistic services tailored to the needs of neighboring economies, considering that so far the main customer for the Panama Canal is the U.S.

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