Shipping to Colombia

Ocean Freight to Colombia

At DFreight, we provide a wide range of business sea freight services for a variety of commodities, including foods, fruits, electronicscosmetics, and furniture; offering transparent, effective, and reliable door-to-door cargo to Colombia from the UAE and vice versa. You can conduct business without being concerned about the challenges of shipping from the UAE to Colombia using our all-in-one digital freight solutions.

Our digital freight forwarding platform provides real-time monitoring of shipments, ensuring that you have complete visibility and control over your cargo. We offer end-to-end services tailored to your unique requirements, making shipping to and from Colombia a hassle-free experience. We help you ship business cargo to various cities in Colombia, including Barranquilla, Bogotá, Cali, etc. in the easiest, fastest, and safest way possible.

You can rely on DFreight to assist you with all of your international cargo shipping to Colombia thanks to our FCL and LCL shipment ocean freight cargo services. With the help of our digital freight platform, you may submit your inquiry right away and receive the best competitive prices for shipping your cargo to Colombia.

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Major Sea Ports in Colombia
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Port of Barranquilla

Barranquilla Port supports Colombia’s industries on the Caribbean coast 10 nautical miles west of the Magdalena River. It has Monomeros, Gracetales, Vopak, SP Del Norte, and Port Magdalena wharves and terminals. Barranquilla’s 9-meter navigation canal needs regular dredging. It features 2 general cargo berths covering 1060 m, 2 container berths, and 2 silo berths with depths of 8.5 m to accommodate ships over 50,000 DWT.

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Port of Buenaventura

Colombia’s Buenaventura port faces the Pacific Ocean in the southwest. Given its strategic location near key global trade routes, it is the country’s main Pacific port. Buenaventura is one of South America’s largest ports with direct ties to Southeast and East Asian markets.

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Port of Santa Marta

The Santa Marta port is on the Caribbean coast, just 50 nautical miles from Barranquilla. It is a large business facility with an inner harbor and 7 cargo berths that are 1200 m long. It mostly handles grain imports. It moves coal, fruits, refined oil, containers, coffee, large liquids, etc.

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Top Colombia Exports and Imports

The top exports of Colombia are Crude Petroleum, Coal Briquettes, Coffee, Gold, and Refined Petroleum, exporting mostly to United States, China, Panama, India, and Brazil.

The top imports of Colombia are Refined Petroleum, Broadcasting Equipment, Cars, Vaccines, blood, antisera, toxins and cultures, and Packaged Medicaments, importing mostly from China, United States, Brazil, Mexico, and Germany.

Market Update 2023

According to OEC, in 2021, Colombia was the number 42 economy in the world in terms of GDP, the number 60 in total exports, the number 52 in total imports, the number 90 economy in terms of GDP per capita and the number 56 most complex economy according to the Economic Complexity Index.

Colombia exported US$165.99 Million during 2021 to the United Arab Emirates and imported US$104.81 Million during 2021 from the UAE, according to the Trading Economics database.

The ColombiaUAE freight market is expected to improve during 2023 as both countries are deepening economic ties. This could lead to greater competition and more efficient operations for those involved in freight, aided by the UAE‘s extensive network of ports and airports.

Banned Products

In Colombia, it is illegal to import some products into the country. This includes any products identified as being from a terrorist organization, an illegal organization, or those containing materials contraband to the country. Items such as firearms, explosives, ammunition, narcotics, firecrackers, poisons, ivory, and endangered species products and products containing asbestos are all prohibited. It is important to make sure you are not importing any of these items before entering Colombia.

Documents & Customs Clearance

One thing to take into account when exporting cargo internationally is customs clearance. You must be aware of the customs clearance regulations of the destination countries when shipping cargo from Colombia.

The following documentation must be given to local customs for international shipments by the supplier, consignee, or intermediary:

A commercial invoice
A packing list
A bill of lading
A certificate of origin

Rules & Regulations

Colombia has highly regulated rules and regulations pertaining to the import of goods. All goods imported into the country must first be declared through the Colombian Customs office. Additionally, proper documentation such as paperwork and invoices must be provided to customs. All documents must be in Spanish and show exact measurements, weight, and detailed descriptions of the goods. There may be additional forms needed depending on the type of goods imported. The importer must ensure to adhere to local legislation when importing goods into Colombia.

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