Colombia - Customs and duties

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Colombian import tariffs have been significantly reduced and simplified. There are four tariff levels: 5% for raw materials, and intermediate and capital goods not produced in Columbia; 10% and 15% for goods in the first category but with domestic production in Columbia; 20% for finished consumer goods; and 35% for automobiles, and other luxury items. The average tariff lies between 11% and 13.5%. The four-tariff system also acts as the common external tariff for the Andean Community, which became effective for Columbia in 1995. The value-added tax is 16%, but automobiles sales taxes range from 16% to 60%. Legislation was being planned in 1999 to reduce the sales tax to 12%.

Non-tariff barriers to trade include restrictions on poultry parts, powdered milk, wheat, and other agricultural products. Tariff rates for some of these selected basic commodities ranged up to 119% in 1999. Import and export licenses are required for most items.

Colombia maintains free trade agreements with Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Mexico. There are also international agreements for preferential duty rates with the Caribbean Common Market and the Central American Common Market, and Colombia has requested consideration for NAFTA accession and entry into the future Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). Several free trade zones are in operation.

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Sep 12, 2009 @ 12:00 am
Thank you so much for this simlified vershion of what the duty in colombia is cause it is very hard to find online
Eddie Quintero
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Dec 14, 2009 @ 12:12 pm
It is very difficult, expensive and time consuming to send anything to Colombia. It is rather fustrating, especially considering that Colombia is very good friends with America, and also we have a military base there as well. But, let me give you my expertise in sending things to Colombia. First, if you live in Miami, Florida, you have the best chance of getting the best rate and timely delivery than if you live out in the midwest. But, most major cities have either Avianca airlines or Copa Airlines. If your city has either carrier, your better off going with Copa Cargo, or Tampa Cargo {Which is owned by Avianca Airlines, please dont let the name fool you, it sure fooled me}. Anyway, These are your best bets. Have a relative or friend go and pick the cargo at the airport. It's the fastest, cheapest and secure way to go. Best of luck. Happy Holidays.
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Aug 25, 2011 @ 2:14 pm
Where can i find information about Colombian import tariffs for several years?
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Sep 29, 2011 @ 10:22 pm
So what about consumer electronics goods? 20%? We are manufacture LCD/LED TV, where can I know some good experience?
JP Loftus
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Jan 31, 2012 @ 5:17 pm
I'm interested in knowing what are the taxes upon arrival at the airport (Medellin/Bogota/Barranquilla) with commercial goods from the USA and China. How is it determined? Are receipts required for merchandise that is "new with tags" or new in a box.

Thank you
S Champ
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Nov 22, 2012 @ 9:09 am
I would like to know the Colombian customs duties for the following SH: 550110 and 550319
Origin of these productS : US and Europe
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Dec 16, 2012 @ 1:13 pm
Where and how do I pay customs regarding customs taxes- I am in the us and obviously my recipient is in Colombia
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Feb 2, 2015 @ 10:10 am
I want to container ship a 4000 pound metal gold recovery machine to Colombia. What are my import/export costs?
My anticipated selling price is $ 40,000.Thank You.
Dr. Harry Hamburger
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Apr 2, 2015 @ 6:06 am
Can I bring a bow and arrow for sporting purposes into Colombia, SA on the plane with me in a hard case in the baggage compartment. Any special paperwork needed?

James Joyce
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Apr 3, 2020 @ 9:09 am
Where and how do I pay customs for a stopped parcel? I am from Ireland and my recipient is in Colombia.
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Jul 27, 2020 @ 2:14 pm
Would like to know the duty rate on shipping a used computer to a friend in Bogota Colombia
Deepa Pathak
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Aug 5, 2020 @ 9:09 am
Could you please be able to provide or advise me with the Colombia Import Tariff details for few HS Code I am looking for? Kindly advise me with the site even.

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