Container Shipping to Colombia

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International Container Shipping to Colombia

When shipping your goods to another country, you'll want to import them economically. Get here all required information about rates and shipping services to help you make your container shipping process as easy as possible. Look through the information on free trade zones, customs requirements and rates on shipping your containers to Colombia.

Import your container freight to main ports and cities in Colombia: Barranquilla, Bogota, Cali, Cartagena, Medellin.

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Colombia was admitted to WTO in 1995. The country made good progress in the modernization and liberalization of its trade regime since joining WTO. Non-tariff barriers to trade have been diminished and Colombia has started program of reforms of many economic sectors.

Import documentation must include: import registration (licence); commercial invoice; transport document; certificate of origin, health certificate; packing list; power of attorney and the Andean value declaration.

Free Trade Zones

Free trade/industrial zones were created in Colombia in 1958 with the establishment of the Barranquilla Free Industrial and Trading Zone. Free-trade zones have regulations regarding customs and capital investment and enjoy certain tax benefits. In 1994, five trade zones owned by the Government were privatized: Barranquilla (the main port on the Atlantic Coast); Cartagena (Mamonal); Cúcuta; Palmaseca; and Santa Marta. 

The private sector, authorized by the above-mentioned legislation, has also constructed the following new free trade zones: Bogotá, Candelaria, Quindio, Rio Negro, Pacífico, Malambo.

Within theses zones import goods and services for manufacturing can be imported free of customs duties.

When thinking of using FCL shipping option (20’ and 40’ containers), you should keep in mind the following advantages:
1) The container volume is all at your disposal;
2) You don’t have to have to wait for your order being consolidated with other orders shipped to the same destination;
3) Mind that your goods will stay in the container from the time of loading in the origin port to the time of unloading at the destination.

Here are the estimated costs on importing your container from United States to the ports in Colombia: 

 20’ Container 40’ Container  Transit Time
 East Coast - Barranquilla $1,504.00 $2,104.00 11
 West Coast - Barranquilla $2,276.00 $2,437.00  19
 East Coast - Buenaventura  $1,508.00 $2,254.00 15
 West Coast - Buenaventur  $1,931.00 $2,216.00 23
 East Coast - Cartagena $1,358.00 $2,058.00 12
 West Coast - Cartagena $2,206.00 $2,437.00 20
 East Coast - Santa Marta n/a n/a n/a
 West Coast - Santa Marta $2,986.00 $3,636.00 n/a

To get the full cost of transportation you should add the following:

- Bunker Adjustment Factor (BAF Charges) - $90 - $180
- Wharfage - $3 per MT
- Bill of Lading - $50
- Drayage from Terminal to Your Door (depends on the distance) - $220 (minimum) for 20’ and $235 (minimum) for 40’ container
- Fuel Surcharge - starts at $40
- Shipper's Declaration (Over $2,500.00) - $50
- Allowance for Industrial Goods - $100 - $150
- Hazardous Material - $100 

Please note that these charges are subject to change. Request an online quote to get the fresh rates.