Export, Innovate, Invest - The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service
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 opportunities both in Canada and in Colombia.
Colombia is Canada’s fourth largest export market in South America. Canada’s merchandise exports to Colombia totalled $716.8 million in 2013 and included machinery, cereals, motor vehicles, vegetables, paper and paperboard. Imports from Colombia reached $691.3 million in 2013 and included coal, crude petroleum, coffee, cut-flowers, fruits, and sugar. Bilateral merchandise trade between Canada and Colombia reached $1.4 billion in 2013, making Colombia the fifth largest trading partner in Latin America and the Caribbean (excluding Mexico).
Canadian direct investment in Colombia reached nearly $1.8 billion at the end of 2012, making Colombia the fifth largest investment destination in South and Central America. Canada is a major international investor in Colombia’s extractive sectors as mining and oil and gas exploration and production have increased consistently since 2004. Canadian companies have also invested significantly in the financial sector as well as in agri-food, engineering services and education.
Colombia is very interested in associating with Canadian firms and this reflects the sharply increasing awareness of Canada as a source of technology and quality products. This perception owes much to the very high profile of Canadian companies active in Colombia such as Talisman Energy, Pacific Rubiales, Nexen, Scotiabank, Continental Gold, McCain Foods, LaSalle College, 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 | Infrastructure, Building Products and Related Services | Mining | Oil and Gas