REPLIES TO QUESTIONNAIRE ON IMPORT LICENSING PROCEDURES
Notification for 2019
The following communication, dated 31 March 2020, is being circulated at the request of the delegation of Colombia.
Outline of systems
1. Pursuant to Article 3 of Law No. 7(a) of 1991 regulating Colombia's foreign trade, goods are imported and exported in keeping with the principle of free international trade. This Law empowers the Higher Council for Foreign Trade to determine procedures and requirements for imports and exports.
There is a "free import" regime for imports, similar to an automatic licensing system, which in some cases requires import registration, and a "prior licensing" regime, equivalent to a non-automatic licensing system, under which authorization takes the form of an import licence. For most goods, no registration or import licence needs to be shown – there are no requirements other than the submission of a final import declaration to the customs authorities.
Decree No. 925 of 9 May 2013 sets out the provisions relating to applications for registration and import licensing.
 New information has been highlighted in bold.