Exporting Products to COLOMBIA

Location: Colombia is located in the north-west corner of South America, bordered by Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, the Caribbean Sea, and the Pacific Ocean. Its three largest cities are Bogota (its capital), Medellin and Cali.

Is there a trade agreement between Colombia and the UK? Yes, as part of the trade agreement continuity between the United Kingdom and the Andean countries. The Colombian government, along with Peru and Ecuador, signed a free trade agreement with the UK in May 2019, maintaining currently the same tariff preferences that are contained in the treaty with the European Union.

Colombian national currency: Peso (COP).

Official language: Spanish (99%).

Shipping from the UK to Colombia

Transit time via air from the UK to an airport in Colombia is approximately 1 to 3 days. Colombia's main cargo international airports are located in Bogota (El Dorado airport), and Rionegro (Jose Maria Cordova airport, serving the city of Medellin).

Transit time via sea from the UK to a port in Colombia is approximately 16 to 28 days. Colombia’s main sea port is Cartagena.

Export documents required include packing list, commercial invoice, and health / organic / origin / phytosanitary certificate(s) where applicable. Requirements for the importer in Colombia include Tax Indentification Number (NIT), and registration at DIAN. Requirements for the exporter in Britain include having an EORI number.

Top-10 products exported from the UK to Colombia in 2022

M: Millions USD. Source: TRADING ECONOMICS / UN Comtrade

Find opportunities to export to Colombia

If you are an exporter based in Britain, the UK Department for Business & Trade (DBT) offers an online tool where you can search for current export opportunities and pitch your products to overseas buyers including Colombian importers.

If you are an importer based in Colombia looking for British products, we invite you to complete the application form at great.gov.uk to access contact details of British exporters via this tool which is administrated by the UK government. When completing the form, please reply 'Britain Latin America Logistics Ltd' to the question 'Where did you hear about great.gov.uk?'

Import taxes/restrictions in Colombia


Visit the official Colombian tariff classification website at DIAN to consult the applicable import taxes and restrictions. If you are based in the UK, you can access the UK official export tool: goods from the United Kingdom to Colombia.

Contact us for cargo transport from the UK to Latin America and the Caribbean