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Shoppers from all over Latin America think big in $11 billion Panama trade zone

Monday, July 11, 2011


Shoppers from across Latin America and the Caribbean flock to the Colon Free Trade Zone to buy everything from toys to tools.


Instead of leaving with a few shopping bags full of goodies, these buyers typically order 20- and 40-foot-long containers stuffed with items they will resell.

The world's second-largest free trade zone -- eclipsed only by Hong Kong -- exported more than $11.4 billion in merchandise last year, according to the Colon Free Trade Zone.

Original source: Houston Chronicle