Articles which are not considered as personal effects and household goods, such as; firearms, motorcycles and motor vehicles and liquor may be imported once shipper has obtained an import license before shipping.
The diplomatic shipments for foreign citizens are cleared by customs with a "Diplomatic permit", which must be obtained by the embassy, consulate, diplomatic mission etc. at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is required that the shipment be here in Colombia before getting the "diplomatic permit". That means when the shipment arrives, it will be transferred to our bonded warehouse by the airline if it comes by air, or if stays at port of arrival if it comes by sea; while we will prepare all customs forms for the Embassy, consulate, etc. Those forms will be signed by the Ambassador and the embassy, consulate, etc. will submit them to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The permit will take 18 or 20 working days approx. to be approved by the Ministry. Just with this permit in our hands, we would begin with all customs clearance formalities.
The diplomatic shipments for Colombian Returning Citizens. The importer has to obtain directly by himself a permit issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs. For these cases it is necessary that the importer begins to get this "diplomatic permit" before the shipment arrives, because it is very delay to get this permit. It can take 15 working days to get its approval.
Besides, Colombian Returning Diplomats have less of six (6) months from the date of finishing the work contract with the embassy, consulate. Organization etc. at origin country to use the diplomatic permit and bring the shipment without paying customs duties / taxes.
1. If the pet comes as an accompanied baggage, it means along with the owner, the owner must do all customs import formalities upon his arrival at the airport by himself.
2. If the pet comes as an unaccompanied baggage the AWB must read: "ALIVE ANIMAL" (ANIMAL VIVO) "DESCARGUE DIRECTO". For this case, it is required an import license, which is made by the agent in Colombia and the customs clearance cannot be done until the next business day of arrival of the pet.
Please find as follows, the basic information required in Colombia in order to make the import license to import cars and motorcycles into Colombia:
Engine seals and marks as well as chassis seals and marks, will be taken physically to the car and a set of this information must be attached to the import license, as per Ministry of Foreign Affairs regulations