Panama – Update on postal operations

08 August, 2022


Correos de Panamá asks us to inform other Union member countries and their designated operators that, with effect from 1 September 2022, the operations of the office of exchange (PAPTYC) at Tocúmen International Airport will be relocated to the new facilities in Edificio No. 4 in Tocúmen International Airport cargo terminal.

Correos de Panamá confirms that it is able to continue to receive inbound mail destined for Panama. However, all mail dispatches should be delivered at the new facilities.

This office of exchange (PAPTYC) would primarily and exclusively be responsible for checking the conditions of inbound mail dispatches and distributing them to the corresponding office of exchange for processing, subject to their respective mail category.

Consequently, air dispatches destined for Panama should continue to be labelled as follows:  

  • For LC/AO mail (air and S.A.L.):  Label with IMPC code PAPTYA;
  • For postal parcels: Label with IMPC code PAPTYB;
  • For EMS items: Label with IMPC code PAPTYD.

No dispatches should be labelled with IMPC code PAPTYC until further notice.

Closed transit services for all categories of mail (LC/AO, postal parcels and EMS items) will continue to be suspended, however, owing to the restrictions imposed by air carriers.

Open transit services will continue to be limited for all categories of mail (LC/AO, postal parcels and EMS items). These services should be requested in advance, as they will be provided in accordance with the restrictions imposed by the air carriers, the cargo capacity available, the frequency of flights, and the destinations currently available.

Correos de Panamá asks all Union member countries and their designated operators to liaise with their carriers and/or airmail dispatch processing services regarding the delivery/handover of these dispatches at the new facilities. It will not assume any additional costs incurred in this regard (storage, transport, customs, etc.).

Correos de Panamá thanks all Union member countries and their designated operators for their understanding, and will update them on any relevant changes via EmIS.