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Colombia is the fourth largest country in South America with access to both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean; sharing its borders with Panama, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, and Ecuador. Colombia is known for its emeralds, as well as the story of El Dorado, the ancient city of gold which has captivated tourist’s attention for years. With plenty of tourism and trade happening in Colombia, it can be challenging to navigate goods to the country without experienced help, which is why we are offering our services to businesses in the US and Canada to help coordinate shipments to Colombia via air or sea freight.

Main Ports and Airports in Colombia


In Colombia, seaports handle about 80% of all international cargo coming in and out of the country. The top five ports include:

  • Port of Sociedad Portuaria Regional de Buenaventura
  • Port of Barranquilla
  • Port of Cartagena
  • Port of Santa Marta
  • Port of Tumaco

The Port of Buenaventura stands as Colombia’s main hub on the Pacific Ocean, and the Ports of Cartagena, Barranquilla, and Santa Marta, on the other hand, are located in the Caribbean Sea.

Colombia has just under a thousand airports in the country, though only 100 have paved runways and only about 74 are used frequently. For cargo, however, only one airport is regarded as the central hub:

  • El Dorado International Airport

On average, the El Dorado International Airport transports 550 million metric tons of cargo annually, which places it as the largest cargo airport in Latin America. Chances are, if you are planning to ship goods into Colombia, they will land at this airport.

Import/Export Info Between the US/Canada and Colombia

Colombia’s export economy ranks as the 55th largest economy in the world. In US trade it stands as our 26th biggest goods trading partner and claims about $26.9B in two-way trade per year (as of 2016).

In 2017, the United States ranked Colombia as the 22nd largest market to export goods into and generated about $13.3B in this trade. The most popular exports into Colombia from the US and Canada include:

  • Mineral fuels
  • Machinery
  • Cereals, such as corn
  • Electrical machinery
  • Organic chemicals

Colombia, as of 2017, is our 26th best supplier of imported goods, generating $13.6B in trade value, which, unfortunately, is down 1.8% since the previous year. Top imported products from Colombia include:

  • Mineral fuels
  • Precious metals and stones, such as gold
  • Coffee, tea, and spices
  • Live trees and plants
  • Unroasted coffee

Transporting Cargo Between Latin America and the US/Canada

When it comes to transporting your cargo, you should only trust licensed, experienced freight forwarders to get the job done. The Promptus LLC team has over 15 years of experience and can help you navigate the logistics of importing and exporting merchandise between the US/Canada and Colombia. We have a range of services available to assist with both LCL and FCL shipments. Contact us today at to get your personalized shipping quote!

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