Customs for parcel shipping to Colombia
Shipments valued at over $2,000 USD, or that weigh over 50 kilograms, need to be cleared by a third party broker. If the destination of these goods is outside of Bogota, then a freight forwarder should be used. If the shipment is sent to San Andreas, a free trade zone, then the cosignee should not be chared for duties or taxes, provided it is less than the previous amounts stated. In any other case the shipment will be nationalized so that duties and taxes can be added. There are no gift exemptions in Colombia.
Security concerns when shipping parcels to Colombia
It is prohibited to import the following items into Colombia: antiques, hazardous batteries, bearer documents, biological products, wet ice, hazardous liquids, certain perfumes, poisons, cash letters, military equipment, toys of war, immitation weapons (including jewelry, toys, or model knives and guns), undeclared gold or silver, and used clothing (except for luggage). Never send a shipment of gold or silver if you want it to arrive. Do not send foodstuffs of plant or animal origin.
Parcel documents delivering to Colombia
All shipments must include the cosignees full name on the applicable documentation. There should be a standard declaration of all goods in order to qualify for preferential treatment. The class and type of each item should be clearly specified on an original invoice. Failure to do so will result in a significant delay. Additional documentation is requested for food, medicine, weapons, and telecommunications equipment. Firearms and ammunition require expressed permission from the regional police department.
Parcel delivery limitations to Colombia
The National Institute of Caution of Medicamentos and Food must approve any shipments of food, biological products, medical supplies, or pharamceuticals. Textiles and shoes will require prior authorization by Customs. Educational literature is exempt from taxation provided a description of the book (in addition to the title) is provided on the invoice. The value of software and other forms of media should include the worth of the data and the disc.