Ever Logistics, Inc. | Vehicle Shipping

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Calle 5ta., Ave. 5ta., France Field.
Zona Libre de Colón, República de Panamá.
Cell: (507) 65509961 / (507) 221-9093
Cell: (507) 62133485
http://crossingpanama.blogspot.com

We used the services of Ever Logistics for handling all the paperwork, including car insurance, to get our cars out of the container (shipped from Colombia) and through customs. Mr. Gabriel Boris Jaramillo Vargas, his son Boris and his staff are extremely friendly, reliable, and efficient. They picked us up at the train station in Colón, prepared all the documents, took us to the Customs Office for signing the necessary papers, drove us to a food court for lunch where we waited while the container was fumigated and transported to a container yard. By 4 p.m., all we had to do is drive our cars out of the container – easy and no sweat. For this "all inclusive" service we paid USD 600 for the two cars including 1 month car insurance. If you are shipping the car in the opposite direction, from Panama to Colombia, Ever Logistics works closely together with Enlace Caribe in Cartagena who offer the same kind of friendly and efficient service. We can highly recommend both companies.

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We had a very good experience with Boris for shipping from Colon to Cartagena. Very nice, fast and professional!
We just had a bad experience with Sealand/Maersk, the shipping company we chose.
Boris normally suggests to ship with Costco which is a little more expensive but more reliable. We didn't listen to the advice and went with Sealand, of course we got a week delay, others even 2 or more. The refund from Sealand is a ridiculous 30 dollars. So if you want to save extra expenses and nerves of many extra nights in expensive Cartagena, I would listen to Boris and choose Costco.

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We had a great experience working with Boris. He is very straight-forward, answers quickly via WhatsApp and explains the process clearly (in perfect English). He gave us an all in price right upfront, so there is no risk of hidden costs. He also only charges only 3% extra if you want to pay by credit card (compared to 5% or all cash with other agents). His price for a 40" high Cube container was also much cheaper than Alejandro or Tea (roughly 400$ less).

One thing to know about shipping: Boris (and all other agents in Panama) only handle the Panamanian side, so you need to find an agent on the Colombian side as well. Most people use Ana Rodríguez, but we would not want to work with her again.

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We used the two Borises (Borisi?) and to be honest, I have no idea what justified the bad review(s). We had an absolutely wonderful, stress-free experience and would highly, highly recommend them. They've now been doing this for a while and have worked out any kinks in the process. Just make sure you contact young Boris through WhatsApp - his is the second cell phone listed ending in 3485. He speaks very good English (Boris Sr. not so much) and will take you through the process.

Young Boris was very responsive to us, completely honest about pricing, and helped tremendously. Note that they use different shipping companies so pricing can vary depending on which company, and that depends on the day you can ship and vice versa. In our case, it was either Thursday or Saturday. One option was more expensive on the Panama side, but cheaper on the Colombia side; the other option was the reverse. In any case, young Boris will explain all of this to you. We had to pay $300 cash deposit to their bank (Banesco), which we did in Panama City in the gap between getting the inspection and getting the report.

Boris will need five copies of TIP, title and registration (our truck has both), insurance, passport, and inspection report.

They met us at a big parking lot at Domino's on the outskirts of Colon in Los Altos, then led us to the loading area. Young Boris took care of all the paperwork back at the office while elder Boris worked with us and the loading crew at the container.

You'll back up on a flatbed truck which backs up to the container at which point you'll drive in. We were too long and had to do it in reverse, but that actually made it super easy to climb out the window of our truck to exit the container while the crew blocked and strapped it down. I suppose if you are super fussy or paranoid or both, you might want to have a few of your own compression tie downs to augment theirs just for ease of mind.

After loading, young Boris took us to the customs office where all the paperwork was done and all we had to do was sign and get the passport stamp which would allow us to leave Panama without the truck. That part took all of five minutes. We then paid Boris the residual for the Panama side with credit card. No fuss, no headache, and no running around!!! To compete the "service" Boris dropped us at a food court, from where we took a cab to the bus station, as he was loathe to drive us there (very dangerous area he warned).

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Note that "young" Boris' phone is at the bottom....it's +507 6213-3485, The first cell listed is his father's phone. In our case it was young Boris' whom you should contact. So far he's been very responsive with a quote and a clear description of the process. We'll update this entry once our shipment is complete.

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Please don't use Boris and his Company. We had a good start with them but once we were gone all went wrong and they never replied to us.

They put our car on the wrong boat and we had to wait more than two weeks longer, we had a lot of extra costs and we never got informed, so for a long time we didn't even know where our cars were. In the end he just replied after several calls that the boat is delayed and its not his fallt we called the shipping office in colon and they sad the same but it was all very strange so we called the mainoffice in Miami and they told us there is no delay and everything is on time. so in the end we had a different ship number, Boris was just lying, never replied never gave us a bill of lading and we had a lot of extra cost.

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We used the Borises to ship from Panama to Colombia and they did a great job. We'd highly recommend their services. We know many other overlanders who've used them and feel the same.

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Calle 5ta., Ave. 5ta., France Field.
Zona Libre de Colón, República de Panamá.
Cell: (507) 65509961 / (507) 221-9093
Cell: (507) 62133485
http://crossingpanama.blogspot.com

We used the services of Ever Logistics for handling all the paperwork, including car insurance, to get our cars out of the container (shipped from Colombia) and through customs. Mr. Gabriel Boris Jaramillo Vargas, his son Boris and his staff are extremely friendly, reliable, and efficient. They picked us up at the train station in Colón, prepared all the documents, took us to the Customs Office for signing the necessary papers, drove us to a food court for lunch where we waited while the container was fumigated and transported to a container yard. By 4 p.m., all we had to do is drive our cars out of the container – easy and no sweat. For this "all inclusive" service we paid USD 600 for the two cars including 1 month car insurance. If you are shipping the car in the opposite direction, from Panama to Colombia, Ever Logistics works closely together with Enlace Caribe in Cartagena who offer the same kind of friendly and efficient service. We can highly recommend both companies.

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