Moving to Colombia with iContainers

According to the 2012 census, there are approximately 1,039,923 Colombians living in the United States, which is 0.34% of the total population. The top 3 areas habited by Colombians in the United States include South Florida (330,000), New York (150,000), and North New Jersey (99,000).

iContainers: What can you ship with us when moving to Colombia?

When you are in need of help with shipping your belongings to Colombia, iContainers is your answer. We provide a trustworthy door-to-port service that will help you with the moving process, giving you the peace of mind of knowing that your belongings are in good hands.
According to the government of Colombia, you are only able to ship one domestic cargos shipment per family, and they should arrive within 30 days prior or 120 days after you have already arrived there. All cargo that enters Colombia is subject to be examined by the officials. We can ship the following belongings:

  • Domestic objects
  • Furniture
  • Artworks
  • Culinary appliances and gear
  • Electronics
  • Only unused cars
    • Original commercial invoice for your vehicle (with information provided in US dollars)
    • Title for your vehicle
    • Vehicle Registration
    • Bill of Sale (copy)

How to estimate the volume of your shipment to Colombia?

We have a list of the articles that can be shipped, with a standard volume and weight. To help you determine the volume and weight of your cargo, our website provides you with a couple of easy steps you must follow: obtain an estimated price for your move.

Decide on LCL or FCL when moving to Colombia?

When choosing a Full Container Load (FCL) to ship to Colombia, the customer is responsible for the entire load. Since the container is not shared with anyone else, your belongings will be safe from any unknown cargo that could be mixed when sharing it with someone else.
If you choose to use Less than a Container Load (LCL) to ship to Colombia, all belongings must be properly boxed and wrapped prior to shipping. If you do not have a pallet to place your load on, let us know at the moment of the reservation and we will provide you with one.

Where to ship when moving to Colombia?

In iContainers we do not provide a door-to-door service when moving to Colombia. However, we are glad to refer you to one of our numerous freight forwarder agents around the world to complete a door-to-door service.
Colombia has nine seaports, which allows them to have an organized and prosperous marine traffic. They have improved the infrastructures in the ports, which resulted in an increase in marine transport and an improvement in productivity.
Two of the most important ports in Colombia are:

  • The Port of Barranquilla is one of the most productive ports in Colombia. Used for cargo and containers as well. There are 11 shipping lines that ship to the Port of Barranquilla; which result in 5,384 programmed port calls each month and 64,608 every year. It is also the only port in Colombia situated in the Atlantic Ocean that has a railroad to transport the loads.
  • The Port of Cartagena is known for its specialization in container trade. It was established as the main logistics and international transportation seaport in Colombia. With 11 shipping lines that have routes to Cartagena, which result in 10,724 booked port calls a month, and 128,688 each year.

Tips for a successful move to Colombia

Colombia is an emerging expat destination. It has a lot to offer with its low expense of living and amazing citizens. There is a kind atmosphere and generosity that comes with Colombians, always taking the time to appreciate life.
If you want to have a successful move to Colombia, you must take some things into consideration first:

  • Learn about its culture.
  • Be open-minded and outgoing.
  • It is recommended not to travel before your belongings are shipped.
  • Have proper documentation in person.
  • Transit times may change.
  • Have a destination agent or customs broker.
If you have further questions, contact one of our experts or refer to the guide to moving overseas.

Steps before moving to Colombia: Documentation, personal identification and proper packaging

It is extremely important to have all the correct documentation present when going to Colombia. You must have your passport, employment identification number, and work visa. For your shipment, you are required to have a list with all the items and goods that your are shipping. It is mandatory to have this document in case anything happens to your belongings during the course of the voyage. Being organized and thorough will help you with any inspections or insurance claims.You will be provided with a Bill of Landing, which includes:

  • Your name
  • Shipment details
  • Shipping company
  • Points of origin and destination
  • Address of your final destination
It is key not to lose your Bill of Landing, because you will need it to claim your shipment. In order to avoid such thing, make sure to make copies of it, and make it accessible when you arrive to your destination.