Colombia - Commercial Guide
Prohibited & Restricted Imports

Includes a list of goods that are prohibited from being exported to the country or are otherwise restricted.

Last published date: 2019-10-13

Imports of the following products have been specifically prohibited: dieldrin, aldrin, chlordane, endosulfan, heptachlor, lindane, and any preparations containing these products, gasoline that contains lead tetraethylene, and weapon-type toys.

An import license is required for 101 sub-classifications of the Colombian Tariff Schedule. No import licenses are being approved for the following: used vehicles and parts, used tires, used or irregular clothing, clothing closeouts, used bags and sacks, sacks of vegetable fibers, rags, and scrap cordage of textile material wastes. Only the Military Industry Institute (Indumil) (Colombia’s government-owned arms and explosives manufacturer) may import weapons, explosives, and related raw materials.

The GOC has maintained restrictions on live cattle imports since late 2003 due to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), bovine leucosis and bluetongue disease. The United States received the “negligible risk” classification from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) with recognition from the Colombia authorities; however, as of now, there have been no adjustments to the regulation. In addition, GOC’s requirements for live cattle, including testing for the bluetongue virus and dam testing for leucosis, are overly restrictive, placing an economic burden for U.S. industry, effectively preventing the export of any U.S. live cattle.