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Moving to Panama from the USA

Thinking about moving to Panama from the USA? Whether you’re seeking a change of scenery, better opportunities, or a more relaxed lifestyle, Panama offers an enticing destination for expatriates. From its growing economy to its tropical climate, there are numerous reasons why relocating to Panama may be the right choice for you.

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Why Many Americans are Moving to Panama

Cost of Living

One of the main attractions of moving to Panama is its relatively affordable cost of living compared to many Western countries. From housing and groceries to healthcare and entertainment, expatriates often find that their dollars stretch further in Panama, allowing for a higher quality of life without breaking the bank.

Many expats find it surprising once they move to Panama that they can still use their US dollar there. The US dollar is exchanged at 1 to 1 for the Panama Balboa (PAB). Even though they are usable interchangeably, expats note that you can get 5-10x as much for each dollar. Though this all depends where you are located as more tourist areas can be more expensive.

Friendly Policies for American Expats

Friendly policies for Americans help convince more and more expats to move to Panama. Some important policies are Americans can get permanent visas and can purchase/sell property. The Panama Pensionado program for retirees and easy visa requirements means that Americans can reside in the country with some of the lowest barriers. Also, American citizens can buy and sell property in Panama. This allows them to find a suitable property before even setting foot in the country.

Always consult the Panama Embassy for the most up to date rules and requirements.

How to Move to Panama

When preparing to relocate with your household goods to Panama, meticulous planning is crucial. Start by decluttering and organizing your belongings to streamline the moving process. Create an inventory of items to make sure you know what you want to bring with you overseas. Once you have the goods in mind, find a good international moving company and they take care of your relocation from start to finish.

Why Choose Schumacher Cargo as Your Panama Moving Company

Finding a reputable international moving company is paramount for a smooth relocation experience. Schumacher Cargo Logistics is one of the most trusted international moving companies from the United States to Panama. Since 1977, Schumacher Cargo Logistics has completed thousands of moves to destinations across Panama. With over 45 years of experience, we have developed the processes and services to remove the hassle from your move.

Our International Removal Services to Panama Include:

  • Consolidation or Sole Container Options
  • Household Survey for Move Size
  • Door to Door Moves
  • Continental Anywhere in Continental US
  • Packing and Wrapping
  • Crating
  • Pick Up and Delivery
  • Unloading at Destination
  • Customs Clearance
  • Automobile Shipment

How Much Does Moving to Panama Cost

The cost of moving to Panama can vary depending on several factors, including the volume of your belongings, the distance of the move, and the services you require. For instance, a move from California to Panama will be different than from New York even with everything else the same. Because of this, we create custom quotes for each move as no two moves are completely the same.

How Long Does Moving to Panama Take

The duration of a move to Panama can vary depending on several factors, including the origin of your shipment, the shipping method chosen, and any unforeseen delays during transit or customs clearance. On average, international moves to Panama typically take between 8 to 10 weeks from the time your belongings are packed to their arrival at your new residence when using a full container service.

Major Moving Destinations in Panama

Destinations across Panama have become popular amongst expat communities. With this growth, many there are now large expat communities for easy integration. Panama City and Colon are the most popular destinations to move to in Panama, but we’ve done moves to smaller areas like Pedasi as well. Whether you’re moving to the bigger cities or smaller coastal towns, we can take care of your moving needs.

Popular Moving Destinations in Panama

  • Panama City
  • Colon

Checklist for Moving to Panama as an American Expat

Here is a quick checklist of some of the most important

  • Visa and Residency Requirements
  • Passport
  • Housing
  • Healthcare
  • Finances and Banking
  • Tax Obligations
  • Transportation
  • Legal Documents – birth certificates, marriage certificates, medical records


Moving to Panama is a life-changing decision that offers endless opportunities for adventure, exploration, and personal growth. Whether you’re seeking a peaceful retirement or a fresh start in a vibrant new country, Panama has something for everyone. So, what are you waiting for? Take the leap and discover the beauty of Panama for yourself!

For any additional questions about moving to Panama from the USA, please use our quote form to get a free estimate or call one of our specialists at:

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Schumacher Cargo Logistics utilizes insured, secured and bonded facilities. We provide warehousing, packing, crating, trucking and loading services out of our own warehouses here in the USA - Los Angeles, Houston, Savannah, Miami, New York, and New Jersey. All other worldwide destinations are covered by our affiliated organization member companies.