The below information is a brief summary of customs regulations when you plan your international shipping to Colombia. Always double check with your local embassy or consulate to make sure you have all the information you need before you make your move. Contact the nearest Colombia Embassy.

When you plan your international shipping to Colombia, The following documents are required for customs clearance:

  • Original Passport for customer and all family members
  • Visa (mandatory for consignee) valid for at least one year
  • Residence or Work Visa
  • Foreigners must apply for Work or Residence Permit
  • Certificate of Residence issued by the Colombian Consulate, certifying that owner has lived abroad for at least two continuous years
  • Inventory (in Spanish)
    • Inventory must show:
    • For ALL MAJOR APPLIANCES AND ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT (vacuum cleaners, microwave ovens, roasters, TVs, VCRs, stereos, small personal computers, etc.) state the MAKE, MODEL, AND SERIAL NUMBER
    • If possible, pack all electronic appliances together
    • Transmittal documents showing actual weights and/or volume, delivery details, etc.
    • Diplomats must have Diplomatic Entry Form, to be requested from Foreign Ministry by Diplomatic Mission

When shipping goods overseas to Colombia, The following items customs guidelines will need to be met:

  • Only one household goods shipment from one country allowed per family
  • All shipments pay duty, import tax, sales tax (VAT), and warehouse fees which are charged to customer’s account
  • Owner must have lived outside of the country for at least two years
  • Owner must not have imported any household goods in the last seven years
  • Customs may ask for Bank Guarantee that goods will not be sold for one year
  • Shipments 100% inspected
  • Household goods must arrive within 30 days before or 120 days after the arrival of the customer

When shipping goods overseas to Colombia, The following items are dutiable and/or restricted:

  • Duties/taxes on C.I.F. value of household goods are assessed
  • Alcoholic beverages and tobacco products in small quantities are subject to duties and sales tax (Import License may be required)
  • One sporting weapon is permitted per family
  • Only one of each major electrical appliance is allowed, except air conditioners which are limited to three
  • Bedroom furniture must correspond to the number of persons in the family

When shipping goods overseas to Colombia, The following items are prohibited from entry into the country:

  • Weapons, ammunition and explosives
  • Drugs and narcotics
  • Pornographic material
  • Uniforms or equipment relating to the Police or Armed Forces

When shipping Motor Vehicles overseas to Colombia, The following documents and regulations will apply:

  • As of 1/1/94 no USED automobile may be imported into Colombia
  • Import License is required and MUST be obtained prior to arrival of auto
  • Do not include an auto as part of the household goods shipment
  • Documents required:
    • Original Commercial Invoice (detailed and in US dollars)
    • Title
    • Registration
    • Copy of Bill of Sale
    • ALL DOCUMENTS (Invoice, etc.) must agree with the Import License

Moving Pets to Colombia: The following documents must be presented for the importation of pets:

  • Vaccination Certificate
  • Import License
  • Notarized Health Certificate from Veterinarian
  • Quarantine IS NOT required for cats and dogs
  • Contact destination agent prior to forwarding

If you are moving your household, commercial goods or motor vehicles to Bogota or to another other city, please give us a call to go over any questions you may have on import

The regulations are subject to change without notice. Our company is not liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance.