from Cartagena, Columbia to Colon, Panama
This document was written from our experiences of
shipping from Colombia to Panama. Much of this information is just as
to those shipping from Panama to Colombia.
The port in Cartagena, Colombia for RORO is Contecar.
Seaboard uses another nearby terminal in Cartagena.
There are two ports in Colon, Panama, Cristobal and
There are two shipping lines that go between Panama and
Columbia and are popular amongst overlanders.
The first is Seaboard which requires that the
vehicle be placed in a container or on a flat bed. There is one ship
doing this route.
The second option is Wallenius Wilhelmsen which
offer a Roll On Roll Off (RORO) service. There is a ship every two
We found that the container service was marginally cheaper
than RORO but when we mentioned this to Wallenius Wilhelmsen they
price and ending up being marginally cheaper than Seaboard.
The advantages in a container is that it is more secure, but
with this you have the added expense and time of loading and unloading
vehicle from a container.
The advantages of RORO is that no container is required and
the vehicle is simply driven on and off the ship. The disadvantage is
is not as secure since you must leave the key with the shipping line.
RORO you really need a way to lock up the back of your vehicle so that
with a key nobody can access the contents in the vehicle.
To ship in a container, SEABOARD is most likely the cheapest
is a ship each week. Contact details are available at http://www.seaboardmarine.com/SML/ContactUs.aspx?CountryCode=CO
and reproduced here.
Bosque, Avenida Pedro Vélez No. 48-14
Phone: (575) 672-2341 / (575)
672-2374 / (575) 672-2262
Fax: (575) 662-1719
Contact Person: Ambrosio
Sea Cargo Urb.
El Dorado, Ave. Miguel Brostella
Edificio PH Camino de Cruces, Local M2, Mezzanine
Phone: (507) 360-5900
Fax: (507) 360-5940
Contact Person: Joris Deruwe
You cannot deal direct with Seaboard. You must use a
shipping agent. We would recommend that you use the services of Enlace
See details below.
To ship by RORO, the agent for Wallenius Wilhelmsen in
Colombia is Naves.
Shipping schedules are available from http://schedule.2wglobal.com/AppSchedules/countryList.do.
are typically two services a month.
office for Navas, the agent for Wallenius Wilhelmsen in Colombia, GPS
coordinate is “N 10 °
24.567’, W 75° 32.291’”. Talk
to either Arling or Stephanie. Both speak good English.
NAVES S.A. Cartagena, Colombia
Phone 57 5
660 9450/660 9451
660 9447/660 9454
Telex Via U.K. 051
94078814 NAVS G
For RORO, you can do all the formalities yourself, or to
save a lot of headaches and confusion we would recommend that you use
Caribe. See details below.
CARIBE LTD, SHIPPING
We used Luis and Sonia La Rota of Enlace Caribe to handle
all the shipping formalities. Luis speaks good English. They run a
business, are very professional and great to deal with. They charged us
to complete all formalities which we thought was good value. They have
working relationship with both Naves and Seaboard.
The GPS coordinate of their office in Cartagena, Columbia is
“N 10 °
24.546’, W 75° 31.938’”
Enlace Caribe Ltda.
Manga, 3a. Avenida, Calle 28, No. 26-47,
Ph +57 (5) 660 8960
Mob + 57 315 758 5872
PARKING IN CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA
Enlace Caribe, Naves, the port and the Getsemani area which
is full of cheap hostels are all within walking distance.
There is secure parking in Getsemani on Calle del Guerrero,
opposite Hotel Familiar. The GPS coordinate is “N 10 °
25.262’, W 75° 32.743’”. They charge US$5.50 per day.
CARTAGENA, COLOMBIA AND PANAMA CITY, PANAMA
cheapest flights we could find between Cartagena and Panama City was
booked the flight online and paid US$193 per person (including all
enter Panama you must be able to show a ticket leaving the country.
flight out of the US is not acceptable. The airline WEB site says that
to buy a return ticket. This is not technically correct.
You can show the Airline and Panama
Immigration your Shipping “Bill of Lading” which satisfies the rule of
onward passage from Panama. Make sure that the shipping company
name of all people travelling in the vehicle on the Bill of Lading as
be required by the Airline and Panama immigration to show that all
have outward passage from Panama.
If you have any questions, additions or corrections then please
let me know.
Geoff and Kienny Kingsmill