Port Panama City land includes the core 138 acre Port property on Dyers Point, just off US 98 at the southwestern boundary of the City of Panama City, in Bay County, and the 250 acre Intermodal Distribution Center, about 10 miles to the northeast on US 231.
Port Panama City is situated on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, which bisects St. Andrew Bay. The Port has easy access to the Gulf of Mexico by means of an 8.9–mile channel that runs from St. Andrew Pass (known as the West Pass) to the Port. To accommodate today’s larger ocean carriers, the Port has completed the deepening of its channel and berthing areas to 36 feet.
The Port’s cargo base consists of imported, exported, and domestic (coastwise) general cargo and bulk cargo. Primary general cargos include copper, linerboard, wood pulp, steel plate, steel pipe, steel coils and flexible pipe. In addition, containerized cargo service between Progreso, Mexico, and Port Panama City continues to be a vital part of the Port’s cargo base. The Port’s primary bulk commodities include dry bulk, such as wood pellets, aggregates, and liquid bulk, such as molasses and d’limonene. The mix of commodities moving through the Port varies from year to year, depending on local and foreign market demand and the operations of major Port tenants and other local users. Forest product exports and copper imports continue to be a major part of the Port’s cargo operations. To protect Port revenues from a dependence on just a few commodities, the Port has diversified its cargo mix with the addition of new container facilities and an 80,000–square–foot multibulk terminal.