EFTA and Colombia promote Free Trade Agreement

Published 05-12-2017
Johann Freyr Adalsteinsson, Senior Adviser at the Directorate of Customs and Excise, Norway.
EFTA and Colombia jointly held a trade promotion seminar on 4 December 2017 in Bogotá. The meeting was well attended with approximately 90 participants from private companies and government authorities.
EFTA speakers and experts presented technical and practical aspects of accessing the EFTA markets, with a focus on the opportunities created by the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) for Colombian producers and exporters. Topics covered included customs issues such as rules of origin, proofs of origin and the verification procedure, as well as issues on sanitary and phytosanitary requirements and technical standards. Furthermore, it was explained to the Colombian participants how trade in agricultural products was addressed in the FTA. There were presentations on how to export to EFTA States and what producers should keep in mind when exploring export opportunities.
During the roundtable discussions, participants from different companies had the possibility to exchange points of view and ask questions about exporting to EFTA States.
EFTA-Colombia merchandise trade was worth USD 1.1 billion in 2016. Pharmaceutical products, organic chemicals and precision instruments were among EFTA’s leading exports to Colombia. The main imports from Colombia were precious stones and metals, as well as coffee, tea, mate and spice.

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