8 MARCH 2019
The Panama Canal connects more than 144 routes, reaching 1,700 ports in 160 countries

For more than 100 years, the Panama Canal has improved global commerce, transportation and connectivity, enabling growing opportunities for countries around the world. The waterway currently serves 140 routes, connecting 1,700 ports and 160 countries while providing industry-leading environmental, time and cost savings for shippers.

The main user of the Panama Canal is the United States, which represents about 67% of the total cargo moving through the waterway. China is the second most frequent user of the Panama Canal, representing about 16% of the total cargo that transits the Panama Canal, followed by Mexico, Chile and Japan, among others. 

In terms of cargo tonnage percentage, the main routes were between the East Coast of the United States and Asia, the East Coast of the United States and the West Coast of South America, the East Coast of the United States and West Coast of Central America, Europe and the West Coast of South America and between Asia and the East Coast of Central America.

To consolidate its position as the logistics hub of the Americas, the Panama Canal will continue to welcome current and growing routes. By offering industry-leading services and a highly-trained workforce, the Canal is committed to maintaining competitiveness and enhancing reliability and safety.