The Panama Canal and the Panama Maritime Authority upgraded their Panama Maritime Single Window System (VUMPA), highlighting the positive effects of digitalization and informing that according to estimations the VUMPA has reduced the need for more than 300,000 paper forms and documents, improving the efficiency and carbon footprint of transshipment procedures and saving up to 3,260 hours on an annual basis.
Specifically, the project was launched in 2017 in efforts to boost the port’s operations and to ease the processes of reception and departure of ships and exchange of electronic information.
The VUMPA is an online platform that provides autonomous information-sharing between Panamanian agencies involved in processing the reception and departure of ships, streamlining international maritime transportation at Panamanian ports.
In addition, the updates on the VUMPA aim to boost the accuracy of cargo declarations for partnering shipping lines, whereas the one-time government fee for arrival and departure can be now checked electronically with a debit or credit card.
The updates will play a crucial role in costs reduction, itineraries optiomization and transparency and productivity improvement.