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Export to Colombia

export to Colombia

Thinking of starting to export to Colombia? The following is an essential country and customs guide to Colombia.

With a population of 46 million, Colombia is the third-largest country in Latin America, after Brazil and Mexico. This diverse and relatively advanced country has enjoyed a long tradition of economic and political stability and currently has the 33rd largest economy in the world.

Historically, Colombia has looked to the US for new products and technology but more recently Europe has been seen as an interesting alternative. Although trade is relatively small, UK investment in Colombia has been of significant interest and there are numerous opportunities for British companies in many sectors, with our principal export categories being pharmaceuticals, chemicals, machinery and beverages. Primary commodities such as crude oil, coal, coffee and non-ferrous metals remain Colombia’s main exports.

Sources: GOV.UK, UKTI, The World Bank

For more detailed information when trading with Colombia, download our Colombia Fact Sheet

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DHL Facts

Locations: 33

Gateways into the country: 1

Number of Service Centres: 13

DHL Delivery Zone: 10

Vehicle Fleet: 109

Colombia: Country Profile
Capital: Bogota IMPORTS INTO COLOMBIA
Population: 45.7 million Imports into
Colombia:
US$55.49 billion (2012 est.)
Official Language: Spanish Import
Commodities:
Industrial equipment, transportation equipment, consumer goods, chemicals, paper products, fuels and electricity.
Currency: Colombian Peso (COP) Top Import Origins: US, Mexico, China, Germany, Italy, Brazil.
GDP: US$365.4 billion EXPORTS FROM COLOMBIA
Exports from
Colombia:
US$59.96 billion (2012 est.)
Export
Commodities:
Petroleum, coal, emeralds, coffee, nickel, cut flowers, bananas, apparel.
Top Export Origins: Peru, US, Costa Rica, Mexico, Ecuador, Venezuela, Brazil, Spain.
Transit Times
The times provided
for dutiable
shipments are based
on the time expected
for customs in
Colombia to clear
the shipment – this
is dependent on the
value of the
shipment.
Destination Document & Dutiable Shipment
Bogota Cundinamarca 2 days
Barranquilla 2 days
Medellin 2 days
Cali 2 days
Cartagena 3 days

Prohibited Items Specific to Colombia

The list below is in addition to DHL’s standard list of prohibited items. Logistics providers will also have a list of items that are prohibited or restricted for transport to any location, for example dangerous goods.

  • Asbestos
  • Dangerous Goods, hazardous or combustible materials
  • Firearms, parts of
  • Military equipment
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