By means of Law 112 of November 18, 2019 the distinctive logo for Panamanian products or products manufactured in the Republic of Panama was created, which has been recently regulated by the Executive Decree No. 84 of April 30, 2021. The main purpose of the logo “HECHO EN PANAMÁ” is to promote and strengthen the consumption and commercialization of national products both in the local and international markets, as well as to promote competitiveness for the benefit of national producers, companies and industries.
The companies interested in using the logo on their products must apply the corresponding authorization to the General Directorate of Industries of the Ministry of Commerce and Industries, who by means of a resolution stating grounds will authorize the use of the logo “HECHO EN PANAMÁ”, delivering to the authorized person the Manual of Use of the Logo, which will contain the specifications, colors, typography and characteristics of the logo that the product must have
The interested party in using the logo “HECHO EN PANAMÁ” must prove before the General Directorate of Industries that its products comply with any of the following cases, to wit:
The authorization issued by the Ministry of Commerce and Industries, through the General Directorate of Industries will be free and will be granted for a term of three (3) years, extendable for the same term. In order to obtain the corresponding authorization, it will only be sufficient for the interested party to present its application and attach the documents that support its application such as: data sheet of each product where the characteristics and description of the product are clearly indicated, as well as the origin of the Panamanian inputs, raw material or parts and the way in which these are used in the production process, in addition to the certification or document issued by the competent authority stating that the product is produced in the Republic of Panama, when the product does not involve an industrial or agro-industrial transformation.
Likewise, the authority may terminate the authorizations for the use of the logo “HECHO EN PANAMÁ”, in the following cases:
In the event that any person uses the logo ““HECHO EN PANAMÁ”” without prior authorization, the same shall be sanctioned pursuant to the provisions of Title VII, improper use of Industrial Property Rights of Law 35 of 1996 as amended by Law 61 of 2012, that is to say a fine of ten balboas (B/. 10,000.00) to two hundred thousand balboas (B/.200,000.00), suspension of the right to exercise commerce for a term of three (3) months and the suspension or cancellation of the key or operation permit in case of companies located in the Colon Free Zone.
Finally, the creation of the logo “HECHO EN PANAMÁ” has the sole purpose that the products made in Panamá are recognized not only within our country, but also in all the countries where they are exported.