Sending and receiving packages in Panama

Hello,

As an expat, there are inevitably certain items you might want or need from back home, and around the holiday period, many people like to send gift packages.

How easy is it to send and receive packages in Panama?

Is the public postal system efficient?

Do people tend to prefer using private shipping services? Which ones?

How do the costs of the private shipping services compare?

How long does it take generally to receive packages from abroad in Panama?

Do you have to pay taxes on items received by mail from abroad?

Are packages delivered right to your doorstep, or do you usually have to go collect them somewhere?

Thank you for sharing your experience,

Priscilla

Hello, I found the most convenient is MBE (Mail Boxes Etc).  In the US packages/mail are shipped to a Miami address then airlifted to Panama and then delivered to a local MBE office usually  in a week to 10 days.  Probably need to check with MBE about costs etc.  We usually rent a mail box from MBE and the packages are delivered  there. There are a additional cost associated with the size of the package. 

Tony

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