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Import/Export

United States to Colombia

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Commodity Specific Stipulations

There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Colombia. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.

"Import of Alcoholic beverages into Colombia is permitted via ISC contract service UPS doesn't serve business to consumer(B2C) shipments into Colombia. Wine only to B2B. Provide:  Import license/permit  Sanitary Certificate  Authorization Form DIAN All bottles must have label from origin with the inscription: Exclusively for import to the Colombian Republic UPS can only serve sample shipments."
Shipments of biological products require a certificate from the National Institute of Caution of Medicamentos and Food.
Books are considered non-docs and are exempt from taxes as long as they are imported as educational or scientific literature. The invoice must include a description, other than the title, of the book(s). The shipment may be delayed if this information is not listed on the invoice.
Cellular Telephones and Tablets Starting December 01, 2015 the importation of telephones for cellular networks and other wireless networks, parts or accessories via courier will not be permitted. Cellphones will only be permitted as courier if the invoice contains the EMEI number (limit 1 cellphone per shipment). Any shipment arriving after December 01, 2015 via UPS small package, will be turned over to UPS-SCS for Formal clearance process. Additional fees may apply, clearance time will depend on the completion of required procedures for importing cellphones and/or tablets. 1. Cellphone or Tablet model must be approved for use in Colombia. List of approved models can be found at http://www.siust.gov.co/siic/publico/terminal-homologated If model is not listed or approved, Importer/Consignee must get it approved before going to the next step. 2. All cellphones and/or tablets must be registered with the Colombian Police https://srvpqrs.policia.gov.co/imp/frm_reg_importadores.aspx and, the IMEI number must be registered with the Telecommunication Ministry (MinTIC) http://www.mintic.gov.co/portal/604/w3-article-14181.html Shipments cannot be RTS if the Importer/Consignee decides not to provide information or follow the steps detailed above. Shipment will be abandoned.
Food shipments require a certificate from the National Institute of Caution of Medicamentos and Food.
For medical equipment and or medical items for human use or consumption, the shipper must have a Sanitary Register with the Health Ministry of Colombia. Also, at the time of shipment entry, the customer must clear with a VO.BO.Invima (National Watch Institute for Food and Medicines of Colombia).
Customers must use an authorized UPS / MBE (Mail Boxes Etc) Store, UPS Customer Center or ISC Approved Shipper to ship personal effects.

The UPS Store, Mail Boxes Etc, UPS Customer Center or ISC approved shipper will be required to identify personal effect shipments on the shipping label by placing "Personal Effects" in the Reference Field of a UPS "smart" label or in the Special Instructions Field of a UPS waybill. They must also clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' shipment on the Commercial Invoice.

Personal Effects are classified as used items (owned for a minimum of 6 months) intended for the consignee's personal use. Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis. "Personal Effects" must be clearly stated on the invoice and goods description.

All of the following documents must be scanned into DIS/SIR and originals on the package:

An inventory list with estimated values with the reason for importation (holidays, move, relocation) A confirmation that the goods are older than 6 months and that they are intended for personal use only A photocopy of passport or ID card Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis.

Excisable goods (for example, perfume, alcoholic drinks, tobacco), medicine and perishable food can not be cleared as personal effects.

Personal effects shipments are not allowed in combination with Return Services.

Pharmaceutical shipments require a certificate from the National Institute of Caution of Medicamentos and Food. Depending on the product, a certificate of INVIMA (Instituto Nacional de Vigilancia de Medicamentos y Alimentos) and a sanitary register from the Health Ministry may also be required.
Shoes and shoe products require authorization from customs to import. If the authorization is not presented at the time of clearance, the shipment may be held by customs. Description of the product must contain: commodity name, sole and upper composition, construction process, gender, and size.
Textiles and textile samples require authorization from customs. If the authorization is not presented at the time of clearance, the shipment may be held by customs. Description of the products must contain: commodity name, construction, fabric content, and gender (example: Men's 100% cotton woven shirt).

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the commodities which UPS prohibits to all countries or territories served (listed here), it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Colombia.

Cash letters are prohibited.
Electronic Cigarettes can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

INVIMA (Foods and Drugs Department) approval may be required due to the goods being for human consumption.

Every gold and or silver jewelry shipment as well as any gold and or silver goods coming to Colombia must go through a formal entry process, otherwise customs will seize the shipment. Entry must be airport to airport and not port to port. Never send gold or silver shipments.
Military equipment is prohibited.
Only non-negotiable bonds or drafts may be accepted as documents.
Items prohibited by the International Post Union Agreement are not acceptable commodities.
Products made in Iran are prohibited in our service due to a current embargo.
Toys of war are prohibited. Jewelry Weapons even for decoration (Knifes, Swords, etc.).

NOTE: Information provided by UPS is provided AS IS, may not be current, and does not constitute legal advice. In no event shall UPS be liable for any errors in the information, forms or features made available by UPS, or by any third party site linked to from UPS. Selection and completion of proper forms for any given shipment is the sole responsibility of the shipper. All shipments are subject to the UPS Terms and Conditions of Service in effect at the time of shipping for the country or territory of origin.
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