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maryhou
November 24th, 2008, 08:58 AM
Is this by chance located by the port?

BillB48
November 25th, 2008, 03:27 PM
The Free Zone is in Colon, but not located by the port.

wwinfl91
December 14th, 2008, 10:30 PM
Also the free trade area is a group of warehouse type buildings that are used for commercial trading. It is not an area where an individual can go and get individual items.

Here is a link that talks about it.

http://www.businesspanama.com/investing/cfz/reasons_cfz.php

and here's another one

http://www.colonfreezone.com/

and one last one

http://www.zonalibre.info/en/freezone-colon.html

I don't think you can even go there unless you have a pass or some sort of permission from one of the companies that are based there.

Good luck and have a great next cruise.

Jesterscourt
December 19th, 2008, 04:36 PM
There is a tremendous duty-free zone and a large shopping center located in Colon which you will probably pass by on your way back from a tour, but I am not sure it is accessible on one's own. In addition, this is not the safest town to walk around alone in. I do know the Duty Free area is responsible for a major rush hour traffic jam that most of us got caught in returning to the ship after a day's excursion.