Export and Import


Documents required for the export of perishables and import and export for dry cargo




Nesesary documents for export operations.




Origin Certificates issued by the Freight Forwarder, are indispensable for the nationalization in some destinations. This is awarded by the Ministry of Foreign Trade through VUCE ( Window for Foreign Trade). The initial requirement for the exporter is the origin criteria, which is  approved  by the Mincomex, this is valid for two years.




The ICA (Colombian Agricultural Institute) is the entity that controls and certifies that perishable products leaving and entering the country are free of pests and diseases, they will approve a Phytosanitary Certificate, which is prepared by the Freight Forwarder.




All  exporter must have  a Shipping Global Authorization Request (SAEG) for the period that the exporter determine.

Each export must be accompanied by a Shipping Fractional Authorization Request (SAEF) and a transfer sheet.

The consolidation of the above documents generate  a Unique Customs Document (SAD).








Nesesary documents for import and export operations.


- Commercial invoice.
- Packing list.
- Data sheet


Each has different handling, that depends of type of cargo, custom regulations at destinations an origin countries, so there are other documents that must be used as Import license, import register and others. 








The goods listed below may not enter the country for any reason:


a) Law 18 of 1990 prohibits the manufacture, import, distribution, sale and use of war toys in the national territory. This law defines as war toys, all objects, instruments or copies  that mimic any kind of firearms, whether they are short, long or artillery; whether they are strong throwing, or cutting or horn, and war toys as tanks, warplanes and gunboats used by the armed forces, national police and security agencies of  State or another  weapons class.


b) Article 81 of the Constitution prohibits the manufacture, importation, possession and use of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons as well as the introduction to the national territory of nuclear and toxic waste.


c) Importing gasoline with tetraethyl lead.


d) Importing oil petroleum waste or bituminous minerals in accordance with the Basel Convention.


e) Certain substances that damage  the ozone layer according with the Montreal Protocol Annexes A, B and C Group II.


f) Certain foreign exotic species that were declared invasive by the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development.


g) Certain wastes controlled by the National Authority of Environmental Licenses - ANLA, when the result of the characterization of waste demonstrates its dangerousness, in accordance with current environmental regulations.


h) Resolution 2329 of 2012 the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development and the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism prohibits the import of substances that damage  the ozone layer, listed in groups II and III of Annex C of the Montreal Protocol.


i) In compliance of Article 6 Complementarity Agreement in the Automotive Sector, is not allowed  the importation of used vehicles classified by subheadings expressly stated  is permitted, except that they are framed in the events referred to in subsection b) Article 16 of Decree 925 of 2013. Also, in the case of auto parts imports only new parts and components shall be authorized, without rebuilding or reconditioning.


j) The importation of used clothing is not allowed, except in the case of donations, which must be  channeled through the Office of the President.