Colombia - All
- Notarized passport at a Colombian notary (must include blank pages)
- Working visa for each family member, valid for at least 12 months (non-diplomats) (6-month minimum for unaccompanied baggage for foreign and returning citizens)
- Residence certificate issued by Colombian Consulate overseas declaring residence abroad for more than 2 years (returning citizens)
- Original bill of lading (OBL) (2 copies) / air waybill (AWB)
- Comprehensive packing list (no “packed by owner” / PBO)
- Detailed inventory in Spanish and typewritten, without values
- Declaracion de Viajeros O De Equipajes No Acompanados (foreigners, returning citizens)
- Diplomatic permit (diplomats)
- Import declaration form (diplomats)
Every shipment arriving to Colombia causes: Storage in Transit charges, Container demurrage, duties and taxes.
- Customs clearance takes approximately 3-4 weeks from the date of arrival at the airport or port.
- Non-diplomats are subject to duties and taxes of approximately 15%-85% on the cost, insurance, and freight (CIF) value.
- The cost is determined using several factors.
- Returning Colombian diplomats must personally obtain a diplomatic permit from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- It takes approximately 15-20 business days to obtain approval by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
- The antipollution control certificate must state that all parts and accessories are functional and do not adversely affect the environment.
- It must be legalized by the Colombian embassy or Consulate at origin.
- The certificate must be obtained from the vehicle assembler at origin for vehicles manufactured in 1997 or later (returning Columbian diplomats).
- Only diplomats who are duly registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs may import new or used motor vehicles in Columbia with a valid diplomatic permit.
- The diplomatic permit must be obtained prior to vehicle arrival in Colombia as it is required to get approval for the import license from the Incomex Institute.
- Once the license is approved, the Department of Environment will issue a quality certificate granting permission to import the vehicle (approximately 5 days).
- Diplomats must pay an IVA tax, which ranges between 15%-45% on the CIF value, depending on the cylinder capacity of the automobile.
- Foreign diplomats are exempt from duty and tax payments on motor vehicle imports.
- Foreign diplomats are not required to obtain approval of the import license prior to import.
- However, foreigners and returning citizens must obtain approval prior to import.
- Returning Colombian diplomats must use the diplomatic permit with 6 months of completion of an employment contract (with an embassy, Consulate or authorized organization) at origin to use the diplomatic permit and qualify for duty- and tax-free entry of a motor vehicle.
- Non-diplomats may only import new vehicles manufactured in the current year with 000 kilometers / mileage.
- The emission certificate must be processed directly to the automobile’s owner.
- It is requested by the Ministry of Industry and Trade as support to issue the import license.
- Do not import a motor vehicle with a household goods shipment prior to consulting with the destination agent.
- A list of vehicle specifications must include the details of the vehicle, including: make, model, year of manufacture, engine power, etc.
- It is recommended that all documents be received by the destination agent prior to import to ensure that all requirements have been met.
- DO NOT SHIP VEHICLES UNTIL ALL DOCUMENTS ARE IN ORDER
- NON-COMPLIANCE WILL RESULT IN SEIZURE/STORAGE OF SHIPMENT AT GREAT ADDITIONAL EXPENSE
- Owner’s passport
- Identification card (returning citizens)
- Purchase invoice in USD (preferred)
- OBL (2) / AWB (2)
- Import license approved by Customs at origin
- Original commercial invoice with full vehicle description, including accessories
- Diplomatic permit (diplomats)
- Antipollution control certificate (emissions certificate) from the manufacturer or vehicle assembly company
- Valid visa for at least 12 months (diplomats, foreigners)
- List of vehicle specifications
- The vaccination record must contain updated rabies information at least 30 days prior to arrival.
- A pre-alert should be sent 2 days prior to the pet’s arrival.
- To import dogs and cats, the owner of the goods must purchase a special permit (Permiso Zoosantiario) at the airport of the pet’s arrival.
- The permit costs between USD 30-35 and must be paid in Colombian pesos.
- If a pet travels as accompanied baggage (with the owner), the owner of the goods must personally meet all conditions and requirements upon entry.
- When sending a pet as unaccompanied baggage, the owner of the goods must send all documents with the AWB.
- For pets traveling as unaccompanied baggage, the AWB must read: “Live Animal “Descargue Directo.”
- Upon arrival, a Customs agent will initial the import license and clearance will commence the following business day.
- Contact the destination prior to import for information regarding the import of animals other than dogs and cats.
- Vaccination record
- Original veterinary health certificate
- Copy of pet passport
- Import license (pets arriving as unaccompanied baggage)
- Original AWB (pets arriving as unaccompanied baggage)
- Firearms and collection weapons (authorization from the Colombian Ministry of Defense is required and must be obtained prior to import)
- Bedroom sets (only one bedroom set per family member)
- Only one type of major appliance can be imported, excluding televisions
- Televisions (2 maximum)
- Weapons, ammunition and explosives
- Drugs and narcotics
- Pornographic material
- Uniforms or equipment relating to the Police or Armed Forces
- Liquor / spirits
- Food items
- Autos, motorcycles, boats, jet skis, golf carts, etc.
- Construction materials