Colombia's geographical position generates opportunities to develop shipping activities in ship manufacturing and repair activities. The capabilities of the manufacturing industry in several activities facilitate the possibility of generating linkages in the industry not only at a local level but also with an export focus.
Colombia is currently a key destination for the naval industry, thanks to its extensive coastlines in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, navigable rivers, and a large number of maritime and river ports.
With a wide range of companies comprising the naval sector, including shipyards and naval workshops, Colombia plays a vital role in the industry, with Cotecmar at the forefront serving the defense and commercial segments. The country already has strategic entities for its operation, such as the Shipyard Committee of ANDI, which promotes industry development and growth, while there are 2 clusters supporting the sector. These companies already offer a wide range of exportable products and maintenance and repair services to vessels of different flags, in addition to naval engineering services with great potential for export.
The Colombian Navy has a diverse portfolio of projects to develop, with offshore projects being attractive. Furthermore, with the exemption from the Jones Act, free trade agreements, and political tools for investors, Colombia has immense competitive advantages in economic, labor, and legal matters, ready to receive investors who seize these opportunities.
DUE TO ITS LOCATION, COLOMBIA HAS A LONG TRADITION OF SHIPPING ACTIVITY
- Colombia has long coasts on the Atlantic and the Pacific.
- The country has several river basins with extensive navigable rivers.
- Colombia has a large number of sea and river ports.
- A large number of port operations are carried out in the country.
TO SUPPORT YOUR SHIPPING ACTIVITIES THERE ARE LOCAL PLAYERS IN VARIOUS SEGMENTS OF THE SECTOR
- Colombia has a large number of companies that make up the naval sector.
- The country has a large number of shipyards and naval workshops.
- Cotecmar leads the industry serving the defense and commercial segments.
- ANDI's Shipyard Committee promotes the development and growth of the industry.
- In Colombia there are 2 clusters that support the sector.
IN ADDITION TO SERVING LOCAL DEMAND, THE INDUSTRY'S BIG BET IS TO EXPORT
- Colombia has a developing naval export market.
- Colombian shipyards have a wide range of exportable products.
- Shipyards and workshops perform maintenance and repair services to vessels of different flags.
- The industry offers naval engineering services with export potential.
THE SECTOR HAS EXCEPTIONAL ADVANTAGES FOR SERVING ITS MARKETS
- The Jones Act exemption gives Colombia great advantages for the repair and maintenance of U.S. vessels.
- Free trade agreements generate competitive advantages.
- Colombia's policy tools offer important support for investors.
- Colombia has competitive advantages in economic, labor, and legal matters.
- The government is working on the certification of companies, products and processes, facilitating access to world markets.
THE COUNTRY OFFERS INTERESTING BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPPERS
- The Colombian Navy has a broad portfolio of projects to develop.
- The large number of coastal vessels in Colombia generates an important market for maintenance and repair.
- Colombian shipyards plan to increase their capacity.
- Offshore projects generate opportunities for the industry.
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