Market Reports/Tariffs
Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods

Colombia

Import Tariffs
Documentation/Procedures
Restrictions
Standards
Labeling
Market Information

Last updated on 06/10/2014

If you have any questions about the following information, please contact Laurie Mease at the U.S. Department of Commerce- Office of Textiles and Apparel at 202-482-3400 or click here for e-mail access.

**The following information is provided only as a guide and should be confirmed with the proper authorities before embarking on any export activities.**


Import Tariffs - Colombia
The U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (CTPA) was signed on November 22, 2006 and the Agreement entered into force on May 15, 2012. For more information on the agreement, see the OTEXA Free Trade Agreement webpage.

Colombia is a member of the Andean Community (CAN) along with are Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. Although CAN has a common external tariff (CET) that applies to imports from third countries, it is a phased tariff structure that reflects the similar orientation of each members' tariff policies. The CET does not appear to be harmonized for textile and apparel products. Import duties are quoted ad valorem on the c.i.f. (cost, insurance and freight) value of shipments.

Colombia: Ad valorem Tariffs on Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
Yarn
-silk
5003-5006
0 - 10
-wool
5105-5110
0 - 15
-cotton
5204-5207
0 - 15
-other vegetable fiber
5306-5308
0 - 10
-man-made fiber
5401-5406/5501-5511
0 - 15
........................
Woven Fabric
-silk
5007
0
-wool
5111-5113
0
-cotton
5208-5212
0 - 10
-other vegetable fiber
5309-5311
0 - 10
-man-made fiber
5407-5408/5512-5516
0 - 10
........................
Knit Fabric
60
0 - 10
........................
Non Woven Fabric
5603
0 - 10
........................
Industrial Fabric
59
0 - 10
........................
Apparel
61-62
*
........................
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.
63
*
........................
Carpet

Footwear

Travel Goods
57

64

4202
15

10*

15

* Effective until further notice, the ad valorem tariff will be replaced with an ad valorem tariff plus a specific per unit rate. For HS chapters 61, 62, 63, and HS 6406 the tariff will be 10% plus $5 per kg and for HS chapter 64 the tariff will be 10% plus $5 per pair/kg. (Decree 74/2013). Some Chapter 63 HTS numbers, including usedworn clothing (6309) & - Used or new rags, scrap twine, cordage, rope and cables, and worn-out articles of twine, cordage, rope or cables, of textile materials (6310); 630510-630590, 630800-631090 are 0%.

For more detailed tariff information, see the Direccion De Impuestos Y Aduanas Nacionales - DIAN website or the Current Situation of Schedules of WTO Members on the WTO website.

Minimum Import/Reference Prices--Colombia applies a minimum value on some footwear, which triggers an additional tariff.

Additional Import Taxes and Fees--The Government of Colombia applies a 1.2% "Special Customs Service Tax" on all imports (with the exception of certain public sector imported items, imports from certain countries that extend reciprocal benefits, and Plan Vallejo imports).

Most imports are subject to a 16-percent value added tax (VAT) assessed on the c.i.f. value of the shipment plus import duties. Exceptions for textile and apparel products are silkworm cocoons, raw silk, wool and animal hair, raw cotton and cotton linters, raw and processed flax and ramie, vegetable fibers such as hemp, abaca, jute, sisal and hehquen (excluding wastes), jute, hemp, and sisal gaskets, baby diapers, and bags and sacks of vegetables fibers.

Municipalities such as Bogota, Medellin, and Cali may impose their own consumption taxes on foreign merchandise.

Cotton products fee--A fee has been established as a financial contribution of a parafiscal nature on the production/transformation of cotton and/or imports of cotton fibers, yarns and blended yarns toward the development of cotton in Colombia. Fees are as follows: 0.5 percent on the f.o.b. price per kilogram of cotton fiber imports; 0.25 percent on the f.o.b. price per kilogram of cotton yarn imports; and 0.25 percent on the f.o.b. price per kilogram of cotton fiber content in blended yarns.

Tariff Rate Quotas (TRQs)--The Colombian government maintains TRQs for raw cotton and certain other Ag products (Decree 430 of 2004), and requires that importers purchase local production in order to import under the TRQ. Under the CTPA, the Colombian government committed to ensuring that access to the TRQ in-quota quantity will not be conditioned on the purchase of domestic production.

Temporary Entry/Samples--Short term importation allows for the entry of merchandise for a specific purpose during a period of time that should not exceed 6 months. Visitors bringing in equipment for demonstration purposes must fill out a special form, requested by DIAN, provided upon arrival at an international airport.

If your product is primarily made in the U.S. of U.S. originating components it may qualify for duty-free entry into countries with which the U.S. has a free trade agreement (FTA). The U.S. currently has FTAs with the following countries: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Peru, Singapore and South Korea. See the FTA Tariff Tool, to determine the duty-free status or reduced duties that apply to products eligible under these free trade agreements.

Additional resources for tariff information:

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Import Documentation/Procedures (Colombia)


Licenses--All imports must be registered with the Ministerio de Comercio, Industria y Turismo - MINCIT (Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism) in the form of a specific application known as "Registro de Importacion," which serves as an import registration and license. Imports are classified into three major categories: those that do not require a prior import license (Free Import List); those subject to an import license (Prior Import License List); and those on the Prohibited List.

The importation of most textile and apparel products are approved automatically upon presentation of the Registro de Importacion.

To improve the Government's control over money laundering activities, which utilize undervaluation of imported merchandise and other malfeasances, the Ministry of Foreign Trade checks the declared prices as stated in the import documents with the corresponding prices in the international market. Some exporters have encountered problems due to different interpretations of these resolutions by Customs officials and local importers, causing needless delays and additional costs.

Certificate of origin--In general, only imports from countries with trade preferences (i.e., G3, ALADI, the Andean Community, etc) are required to have certificates of origin. However, because Colombia maintains quotas on certain textiles and apparel products from China, Panama, North Korea, and Taiwan, a certificate is used to identify the country of origin for such imports into Colombia.

Certification of the document by a recognized chamber of commerce is required. It is also strongly recommended that the certificate of origin also be legalized by the consulate. Additional copies of the certificate of origin may be required by the importer for exchange purposes.

Goods of foreign origin imported and processed or manufactured in the United States before being shipped to Colombia must have been transformed as a result of processing or manufacturing in the United States into a product substantially different from the imported material in order to be considered of U.S. origin. Unless products are substantially different in form, they will not be considered of U.S. origin.

Phytosanitary, mercerization and other certificates--Phytosanitary clearance is required, as well as permits required by government entities, when importing raw cotton, cotton yarns, and other vegetable fibers.

For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
Direccion De Impuestos Y Aduanas Nacionales (Colombian Tax and Customs Department) - DIAN

For information on common export documents, such as transportation documents, export compliance documents, certificates of origin, certificates for shipments of specific goods, temporary shipment documents, and other export-related documents, see the Export.gov webpage on Common Export Documents.

For country-specific information on import procedures and documentation requirements, see the
Country Commercial Guides (CCG) on the export.gov website.

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Import Restrictions (Colombia)
No information is currently available on any bans, quotas, or other restrictions.
U.S. Export Restrictions:

The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in the U.S. Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, and international narcotics traffickers and their agents in accordance with U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. The OFAC website includes summaries of sanctions programs for various countries and the “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons” (SDNs) list of entities and individuals with whom U.S. persons may not conduct business and whose property must be blocked if under the control of a U.S. person.

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the U.S. Department of Commerce is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which regulate the export and re-export of most commercial items. BIS maintains the Denied Persons List, which consists of individuals, and companies that have been denied export and re-export privileges by BIS, and the Entity List, which consists of foreign end users who pose an unacceptable risk of diverting U.S. exports and the technology they contain to alternate destinations for the development of weapons of mass destruction
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Standards - Colombia
No specific information is available.

Local standards organization and other resources:


The National Center for Standards and Certification Information (NCSCI) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce provides information on U.S. and foreign standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures for non-agricultural products. NCSCI staff responds to requests for information by identifying relevant standards and regulations, and by referral to the appropriate standards-developers or private-sector organizations. Under copyright restrictions, NCSCI cannot provide copies of standards, but NCSCI does provide sources for accessing standards.


Notify U.S. - Member countries of the World Trade Organization (WTO) are required under the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT Agreement) to report to the WTO all proposed technical regulations that could affect trade with other Member countries. Notify U.S. is a free, web-based e-mail subscription service that offers U.S. companies an opportunity to review and comment on proposed foreign technical regulations that may affect their access to international markets.

Additional resources:

Examples of voluntary formaldehyde labeling programs

American Apparel and Footwear Association's Restricted Substances List

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

ASTM International

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)


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Labeling - Colombia

Apparel

Apparel must be labeled with the following information, in Spanish:

  • Country of origin
  • Name of the manufacturer and/or importer, including NIT (importer’s tax identification number)
  • Care instructions
  • Fiber content
  • Size and dimension
The country of origin, name of the manufacturer and/or importer, fiber content, and care instructions must be on a permanent label. Other information, such as size of the product, is included on a nonpermanent label.

See the apparel labeling regulations-Resolution No. 1950, dated July 17, 2009 - Por la cual se expide el Reglamento Técnico sobre Etiquetado de Confecciones (On Issuing the Technical Regulation on Labelling of Garments) attached below. Effective December 2015, Resolution No. 3023 that amended Resolution No. 1950.
COL86_add_4(spanish).pdf

The Colombian Import Code states a preference, but not a requirement, for metric description of imports. Clothing sizes are identified by European size numbers and by small, medium, large, extra-large, etc.

Footwear and Leather goods

Footwear and certain leather goods, must have a permanent label with the following information, in Spanish:
  • Country of origin
  • Material composition (e.g., upper, lining and outer sole for footwear; coating and lining for leather goods)
  • Name of the manufacturer and/or importer, including NIT (importer’s tax identification number)
Information other than the country of origin and material composition, may be on a nonpermanent label.

See the labeling regulations-Resolution No. 933 dated, April 21, 2008 - The Instituto Nacional de Vigilancia de Medicamentos y Alimentos - INVIMA (National Institute of Food and Drug Monitoring) is the responsible organization regarding sanitary, medicines, biological products, food, beverage, cosmetics, and medical devices and products related to human health.

Colombian technical standards referenced in regulations are available at Ministerio de Comercio, Industria y Turismo, República de Colombia (Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, of the Republic of Colombia) - (MINCIT) ---click on “Vice Ministerio de Desarrollo Empresarial – Regulación Industrial y Comercial”.
(On Issuing the Technical Regulation on labeling of shoes and leather goods) attached below. Effective December 2015, Resolution No. 3024 that amended Resolution No. 933.
COL102(spanish).pdf Colombia Resolución 3024 de 2015 (933 de 2008).pdf

For more information about Colombian standards, contact the Instituto Colombiano de Normas Técnicas y Certificación - ICONTEC. The Superintendencia de Industria y Comercio (Superintendent of Industry and Commerce) - SIC oversees compliance with labeling and marking requirements of all products (imported or produced locally), including displaying the unit of measure using the international system of measurements.

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Market Information - Colombia


No specific information is available.



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Other sources for market information and data:

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The U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement
Opportunities for the U.S. Consumer Goods Sector (05/24/2012)

The U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement
Opportunities for the U.S. Footwear and Travel Goods Sector (05/24/2012)

The U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement
Opportunities for the U.S. Textiles and Apparel Sector (05/24/2012)

Textiles and Apparel (November 2012)

OTEXA Export Market Report (U.S. export data for textiles, apparel, footwear and travel goods)

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service

U.S. Department of State - U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions

U.S. Office of the Trade Representative

Local Industry and Trade Associations

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