Free Trade Agreement

Trade Commissioner Service - Colombia

Welcome to the office of the Trade Commissioner Service in Bogota. Our mandate is to advance Canadian interests in Colombia by promoting Canadian exports and supporting investment and innovation opportunities both in Canada and in Colombia.

Canada and Colombia enjoy a solid trade relationship supported by a Free Trade Agreement, in force since 2011. Colombia is Canada’s second largest export market in South America. Canada’s merchandise exports to Colombia totalled $783.7 million in 2016 and included pulses, fertilizers, paper and paper board, vehicles and machinery.. Imports from Colombia reached $788.0 million in 2016 and included coal, crude petroleum, coffee, cut-flowers, fruits, and sugar. Bilateral merchandise trade between Canada and Colombia totalled $1.57 billion in 2016, making Colombia the fifth largest trading partner in Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico).

Canadian direct investment in Colombia in 2016 was valued at $3.69 billion, making Colombia the fourth largest investment destination in South and Central America. Canada has a strong presence in the Colombian extractive sector and is one of the largest international investors in Colombia’s oil and gas and mining exploration industries. Canadian companies have also invested significantly in the financial sector as well as in agri-food, engineering services and education.

Colombians are increasingly interested in doing business with Canadian firms and view Canada as a trusted business partner.. This perception owes much to the very high profile of Canadian companies active in Colombia such as Gran Tierra Energy, Parex Resources, Canacol Energy, Scotiabank, Continental Gold, Gran Colombia Gold, Red Eagle Mining, McCain Foods, LaSalle College International, Brookfield Asset Management, SNC-Lavalin and Norton Rose among many others.

Leading Opportunity Sectors

We serve Canadian clients in all sectors. Based on our knowledge of the market, the following sectors offer the greatest opportunities for Canadian companies:

Agriculture, Food and Beverages | Agricultural Technology and Equipment | Clean Technologies | Defense and Security | Education | Information and Communications Technologies | Infrastructure, Building Products and Related Services | Mining | Oil and Gas