The Panama Canal


The Panama Canal is an inter-oceanic navigation path between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean that crosses Panama in the narrowest part of the Isthmus.

Since its inauguration on August 15, 1914, it has shortened in time and distance marine communications, invigorating the commercial and economic exchange between two oceans due to a short and relatively economic transit, and being a major influence in world commerce patterns, boosting the economic growth of developed, developing countries and other remote areas as well.

In 2012, United States, China, Chile, Japan and South Korea were the top 5 main customers of the Canal

Before its opening, the natural ways that ships used to cross from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean were the Strait of Magellan and Cape Horn, both located in the southern part of America.