Describes bilateral and multilateral trade agreements that this country is party to, including with the United States. Includes websites and other resources where U.S. companies can get more information on how to take advantage of these agreements.
President Santos’ Administration has energetically pursued measures to liberalize trade. The United States Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (FTA) entered into force on May 15, 2012. For additional information and the final texts of the FTA agreement please visit the U.S. Trade Representative’s U.S.-Colombia Trade Agreement webpage.
Colombia has various FTAs with individual countries or associations, which include the Central American Northern Triangle (El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras), Canada, Mexico, Chile, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) countries (Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein), and the European Union. Colombia signed an FTA with South Korea in February 2013, with Costa Rica in May 2013, with Panama in June 2013, and with Israel in September 2013. These FTAs have not entered into force yet. Colombia is currently negotiating trade agreements with Turkey and Japan.
In addition, to stimulate trade and investment, Colombia has Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) with Switzerland, Peru and Spain; Colombia has included investment protection chapters in FTAs with Chile, México, Canada, EFTA countries, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, and the United States. Additional BITs have been negotiated with China, India, and the United Kingdom.