Maritime Complementary Services Tariffs FAQs

17 Nov 2022 / Panama Canal, Panama

The Panama Canal Authority has published a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about modification to Maritime Complementary Services Tariffs.

The changes are classified into three categories:

  1. Fresh water surcharge: Modification of the formula used to calculate the variable component, ranging from a minimum of 0% to a maximum of 10% of the vessel’s tolls, depending on the Gatun Lake level, instead of the current formula that ranges from 1% to 10%.
  2. Operational fees: These tariffs aim to ensure compliance with vessel requirements for transiting the Panama Canal, published yearly in Notice to Shipping N–01 ( to avoid costly disruptions to the transit schedule, and thus customers’ itineraries, as well as to cover the cost of services previously provided without charge.
  3. Booking fees: Modifications of current tariffs and the introduction of new tariffs to reflect the supply and demand conditions for our service, and the actual value the Panama Canal generates to customers.

These changes become effective January 1, 2023. The tariffs are available for review at:

For further details, as well as information about operations in Panama, contact GAC Panama at [email protected]

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