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Doing business in Colombia

A selection of articles, books and online resources to help you explore the key issues for doing business in Colombia.

Useful links

Ease of Doing Business in Columbia
Summary of comprehensive annual data collated by the World Bank giving key indicators for business and economic conditions. Includes information on typical business procedures, showing time to complete and associated costs for each step.

Highlights of Colombia
PwC publication available in English and Spanish giving macroeconomic indicators and an overview of the year.

Guides

Doing business in Colombia
Guide produced by UK Trade and Investment and IMA covering exporting, doing business, import formalities and background information on the country.

Global Trader guide to global markets
Export guide published in association with British Chambers of Commerce featuring a profile of this country along with overviews of key industry sectors and regional trends.

Doing Business in Colombia 2010
Report published by the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation that compares business regulations across 21 cities.

Doing Business in Colombia
Guide produced by KPMG in December 2010. Topics include an overview of the economy, labour laws, foreign exchange controls, trade and customs and taxation.

Doing Business and Investing in Colombia
Guide published by PwC and Proexport in July 2010 covering a wide range of issues, from taxation to foreign trade. Spanish and English versions are available to download in PDF format.

Doing Business In
Booklets from HLB International giving general information on doing business in other countries.

Taxation and Investment Guides
Guides and snapshots from Deloitte featuring information on the Investment Climate, Labour Relations and Work Force, Business Regulations, Foreign Investment, Choice of Business Entity and Corporate Taxation.

Surveys

Time to tune in: Latin American companies turn up the volume on global growth
Survey report published by Ernst & Young in May 2013 looking at outbound investment in the region. Data and analysis covers where, why and how Latin American companies are expanding.

Import and export

Market Access Database
Useful guidance covering this region compiled by the European Commission aimed at EU countries exporting to the rest of the world. The Exporter's Guide to Import Formalities lists relevant import procedures, documents and requirements by product code and country or customs area.

Law and regulation

Doing Business Law Library: Colombia
Links to business laws and regulations collated by the World Bank. Topics include:

  • banking and credit laws
  • bankruptcy and collateral laws
  • commercial and company laws
  • labour laws
  • land and building laws
  • securities laws
  • tax laws
  • trade laws.

The float guide: How to float a company on the Colombian National Registry of Securities and Issuers and the Colombian Stock Exchange for public trading
Overview prepared by the International Bar Association in 2012 describing the process for initial public offering (IPO) by companies. The guide explains the steps involved and offers a typical timetable.

Forums and support networks

The Columbo-British Chamber of Commerce
Support network for promoting business and trade.

Embassies and consulates

Publications

Buy books from Amazon on doing business in Colombia

Articles and books in the Library collection

Selected books

The Business Operations in... series from Bloomberg BNA provides expert guidance on the tax aspects of expanding and operating businesses abroad.

Business Operations in Colombia
Analysis of the business environment in Colombia, focusing on: the economy and government, operating a business, forms of doing business, principal taxes and taxation of domestic corporations.

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