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Colombia’s pursuit of market liberalization has resulted in sustained economic growth: in 2012 the country’s GDP grew by 4 percent. The United States and Colombia’s healthy economic relationship is exemplified by the May 2012 implementation of the U.S.-Colombia Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA). In 2012, U.S. goods exports to Colombia totaled USD 16 billion. Goods imports from Colombia totaled USD 25 billion, bringing the balance of trade to a U.S. deficit of USD 8 billion. Top U.S. goods exports to Colombia include mineral fuel, machinery, electrical machinery, organic chemicals, and aircraft. Goods imports from Colombia most frequently consist of mineral fuel and oil, precious stones, spices, coffee and tea, live trees and plants, and edible fruits and nuts. ICONTEC logo MinCIT logo


  • Colombia Facades Of Cartagena De Indias
  • Colombian Roasted Coffee Beans
  • Colombia Traditional Bags
  • Colombia Traditional Souvenirs
Colombia Facades Of Cartagena De Indias1 Colombian Roasted Coffee Beans2 Colombia Traditional Bags3 Colombia Traditional Souvenirs4

Priority Sectors

Industry sectors identified so far as priorities include construction equipment, oil and gas machinery, textiles, processed food and beverage, information technology and communications, and appliances. Additional sectors may be added based on interest from the private sector in either country.


. Regulatory Coherence & Convergence Project for the Medical Device Sector

Colombia Delegation Visit and Workshop on Regulatory Coherence and Convergence
January 19, 2018, Washington DC

ANDEAN-Mexican delegation visit to the U.S.
December 4-10, 2016, Washington, D.C, Detroit, MI, and Corinth, MS

Workshop on Automotive Standards and Regulations in the Americas
COPANT April 18-22, 2016, Guayaquil, Ecuador

Regulatory Impact Analysis — Concepts and Good Practices
April 6, 2016, Bogota, Colombia

COLOMBIA Orientation visit to Washington, D.C.
November 30 – December 3, 2015, Washington, DC

May 12-13, 2015, Bogota, Colombia

Work plan– finalized in early 2014

August 2013, Bogota, Colombia: Joint assessment meetings conducted

Relevant Agreements and Regional Organizations

  • WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT)
  • U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA)
  • Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT)
  • Inter-American Accreditation Cooperation (IAAC)
  • Inter-American Metrology System (SIM)

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