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Thursday, September 20, 2018


Following numerous requests from the Canal customers, as a means to improve the Canal Transit Reservation System, the Panama Canal commenced collecting customer transit statistics in 1998 as a second tie-breaking mechanism to award booking slots in the event of a tie in the future.

The data is to be obtained from the Ship’s Information Quarantine Declaration (SIQD) form. The Panama Canal Authority hopes to reach a 90% collection ratio.

This is why it is important for all customers to provide the SIQD code whenever transiting the Canal.  At the moment, the overall collection rate for the period of October 1999 through April 2000 is only 59%.  The Canal urges all customers who do not have a code to request one by sending their company’s physical, mailing, and e-mail address, as well as their telephone and fax numbers to 

The complete article is available in the Ports and terminals Circular on our web site.

Source: Panama Canal Authority, Bilboa;  Barwil Agencies S.A., Mexico City