The potential of the maritime and logistics industry contributes 33.5 % to the gross domestic product ( GDP) , three times more than 15 years ago, when the Panama Canal had not reverted to Panamanian administration .
The maritime industry consists of all activities that are generated in some 12 sectors , among which the Panama Canal , port terminals and services offered to craft .
A study of the company Intracorp , commissioned by the Maritime Chamber of Panama (CMP ) , found that 33.5 % of the maritime industry which contributes to GDP , 20% corresponds to the Panama Canal , the maritime sector 18 % and 62 % at other logistics segments linked to world trade .
"These results not only show the importance of the sector in the economy of our country , but reinforces the strategy followed by the sector"
Besides the Canal and ports , maritime activity includes the sale of marine fuels , agencies and shipping lines , fisheries , transport by rail between the port terminals in the Pacific and the Atlantic , domestic shipping, pipeline , between other .
The Canal expansion should bring more maritime activity and its contribution to the economy could double in a few years , but its profit will depend on the agility of the actors to use it. It is not only about generating new activities or reinforcing existing , also train the human resources needed to meet demand.