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Moving to Colombia


Capital: Bogotá
Population: 47.7 million (2012)
Area: 3,287,612 square miles
Top 5 Largest Cities: 1. Bogota 2. Medellin 3. Cali 4. Barranquilla 5. Cartagena
Lanuage: Spanish Language
Climate: Tropical & Isothermal
Motto: “Libertad y Orden” / “Freedom and Order”

Move your furniture in style with Nationwide Van Lines to Colombia. Enjoy our fashion of relieving all the possible stress that could incur moving your household goods overseas. Our Certified Packers & Loaders will handle you and your household with absolute care. Our timing is impeccable, thus we will keep you on schedule with our wonderful staff. Allow us to show you our professionalism with your very important household move. We want you to smile all the way to Colombia, so allow us to show you how.

Import Requirements and Documentation

To help clear your household goods, Customs requires you to be present. You must prove to have lived outside of Colombia for no less than 2 years and must be approved by the Colombian Consulate through a Certificate of Residence. Colombia only allows one household good shipment entry per family.

Certificate of Origin – Gives verification of which country your household goods are manufactured in.

Customs Value Declaration – A document used to calculate duties and taxes that states the value of the entire household shipment.

Import Declaration – An important piece of documentation needed by DIAN (Direccion de Impuestos y Aduanas Nacionales de Colombia), the department that oversees Colombia’s Customs, will be your Import Declaration. This form will ask of standard information of the shipper, payment of duty and sales tax confirmation and the bank location of payments. This documentation must be turned in no sooner than 15 days before your shipment has arrived. You can find the Import Declaration form at

Cargo Manifest – All the information Customs would need of your household goods shipment, the cosigner and the consignee will be found in your Cargo Manifest. This will include an accumulation of all the Bill of Ladings issued for your transport overseas. In addition, you will find details such as the departure point, the arrival location, the value, and quantity. This document will help keep your venture through Customs very smooth and easy.

Andean Custom Value Declaration – If your household goods shipment exceeds $500 US, you must fill out the Andean Custom Value Declaration. You can find the proper form at

The following personal documents are required by Customs in the Spanish language:

  • A Visa valid for at least a year
  • A Resident Visa or a Work Visa
  • Your original Passport
  • Your Inventory list in Spanish
  • The original Bill of Lading

The Examination of Household Goods and Entry Documents

Once your household goods have arrived in Colombia along with your documents, both are subjected to examination by Customs. A CBP officer will examine your household goods to determine the value, correct markings, proper invoicing, existence of prohibited items, damages, deterioration and illegal narcotics. It’s important to assure all items are properly described and accounted for to avoid any delays or seizure of items. Once your items are approved for release, they are safeguarded by the proper officers.

Duty and Taxes

When shipping household goods to Colombia, you will be responsible for the Duty and Taxes. The duty ranges from 0% to 35%. Sales Tax is also implemented at an ongoing rate of 16% and a Statistical Fee at 0.05% not exceeding $500 US.

Labeling and Marking Requirements

All labeling must be done in the Spanish Language.

Required information:

  • The name and address of the importer
  • The country of Origin
  • Clearly numbered in reflection of the inventory list
  • The quantity

Prohibited Items

Not every item is accepted by Customs. To avoid any delays and extra charges, please refer to the list of restricted items below.

  • Explosives
  • Obscene articles, publications, videos and/or software’s
  • Controlled drugs and narcotics
  • Military equipment
  • Any uniforms or equipment in relation to the Armed Forces or National Police.
  • Gold and silver can only come into Colombia airport to airport
  • Products made in Iran
  • Toys of war and jewelry depicted weapons

Restricted Items

Some items are permitted and restricted to quantity, but still requires either special authorization and/or duties to be paid. Here is a list below of Restricted Items.

Required information:

  • Items less than 6 months old
  • Alcohol (small quantities)
  • Electronic cigarettes require a contract by the International Special Commodities (ISC) and INVIMA approval
  • Guns (sport rifles and its ammunition with limit of 1 per family)
  • Electronic and Appliance items (only one of each, not included air conditioners)
  • Shoes and its products must be authorized by Customs
  • Tobacco Products (duty free if amounting under 200 cigarettes, 50 grams of tobacco and 50 cigars)
  • Electronic cigarettes must have an International Special Commodities contract with INVIMA approval
  • Medical items or equipment for human use or consumption must have a Sanitary Register with the Health Ministry of Colombia
  • Each household item will have duties and taxes applied based on the CIF value
  • Books being shipped for scientific or educational reasons are duty-free

Receiving your Household Goods

The liability for duties are paid once Customs has cleared your shipment for release. There are no options of prepaid duties or taxes prior to exportation from a foreign country. Once your shipment is filed with CBP, the party and only the party listed as the receiver can pick up the shipment. If household goods are warehoused, the party of liability can be changed to another party, most whom purchased the goods. The Customs broker cannot pay duties, but can accept a check written out to the Customs and Border Protection to forward. Once items are received, all articles are deemed owned by the receiver and no longer in ownership of the CBP.

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All information featured above is for viewing purposes only. To obtain up-to-date information about overseas shipment, please notify your nearest Consulate.