Panama Pacifico

About Panama Pacifico

Panama Pacifico is one of the Special Regimes Zones that offers multiple unique benefits including attractive tax incentives, import duty exemptions, along with world-class infrastructure, labor and immigration solutions for businesses and investors.

It is strategically located at the southern entrance to the Panama Canal. This special regime area has direct access to the Pan American Highway, connecting Panama to Central and North America, and just fifteen minutes from downtown Panama City, forty-five minutes from Tocumen International Airport, and one hour from the largest container port complex located on the Caribbean Sea.

Panama has 12 pre-established business activities defined by the World Bank; back office operations; multimodal and logistic services; call centers; high-tech products and process manufacturing; offshore services; digital & data transmission; multinational headquarters; film industry; maintenance, repair and overhaul of airplanes; aviation and airport related services; transfer of goods and services to ships and their passengers; and distribution centers.

Any company registered in one of these business activities are exempt from all taxes, both direct and indirect.

Fiscal benefits in Panama Pacifico

Within Panama Pacifico companies are exempt from the following tax and fiscal charges:

  • Commercial license, security and maintenance fees
  • Dividend tax
  • Import/export taxes
  • Income tax
  • Sales tax
  • Tax on patents
  • Tax on remittances or transfers abroad

Migratory benefits in Panama Pacifico

  • Immigration benefits are extendable to immediate relatives of employees
  • 3 to 5-year visas for investors and laborers
  • Tax exemption for imports of domestic belongings up to $100,000

Greater labor regulation flexibility including:

  • Fixed rate for employee overtime and employee day off (25% and 75% of regular rates respectively)
  • Flexibility to designate a different day of the rest other than Sunday
  • Flexibility to operate on Sunday and official holidays
  • Flexibility to hire between 10-15% of foreign staff as a proportion of total staff with increased proportions available for foreign specialist and technicians

Requirements to operate in Panama Pacifico

To obtain the registration of a natural or corporate person in Panama Pacifico the following documents must be submitted:

  1. In the case of a natural person:
    • The names and surnames
    • Nationality
    • Copy of personal identity card or passport of the applicant.
  2. In case of a corporate person:
    • The trade name
    • Copy of the organizational deed and its amendments
    • The name of the country under whose laws it has been organized, including data regarding its registration at the Public Registry of Panama, as well as the particulars of its Legal Representative and its Registered Agent.
    • A recent certificate evidencing the good standing of its corporate personality, directors, officers and Registered Agent
  3. Description of the activities to be developed, the jobs that will be generated, as well as the initial and future investment.

The registration of natural or corporate person must be done through a resolution issued by the administrator of the area.

Contact our experienced team at Kraemer & Kraemer to learn more about the benefits and requirements of Panama Pacifico. Send us a note to info@kraemerlaw.com to provide you with the proper legal advice.

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