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Barranquilla Free Trade Zone

Zona Franca Barranquilla, it's a pioneer in Colombia, with 60 years of operation. It has an area of 1,000,000 M² located in the heart of the port area of Barranquilla, interconnected with the regional port of Barranquilla, becomes the only free trade zone in Colombia with direct entrance ¨Port – Free Zone¨ allowing for a quick and safe access to the cargo. With a traditional industrial profile of goods and services, commercial, logistic and port, this is one of the poles of industrial development of the Colombian Caribbean region. Currently operate 69 industrial, commercial and service users and 27 support entities.
This platform of high industrial nature with Free Zone port specialized in liquid bulk, such as: hydrocarbons, chemicals and vegetable oils, is the right place for national and/or foreign companies that expect to take advantage of the benefits of the free trade zones regime in search of growth and greater competitiveness in the national and/or international market.
Zona Franca de Barranquilla has the capacity to offer rental of areas for installation, with adequate physical infrastructure, technical assistance and comprehensive security and public services network. Also, seeking to satisfy current and future users, has a variety of services such as specialized advice, offered in an agile, reliable, effective and accurate manner.

The main services of the free zone include:

  • Operation of Permanent Permanent and Special Free Zones.
  • Plots and warehouses for the installation of projects in the free trade zone regime.
  • e-Franco® (Specialized foreign trade software).
  • Training and updating in the free regime.

Certifications:

  • Basc Certification (Bussines Alliance for Secure Commerce).
  • O.S.H.A.S. (Health and Safety at Work) 18001: 2007- Bureau Veritas.
  • ISO 14001: 2015 Environment - Bureau Veritas.
  • ISO 9001: 2105 Quality - Bureau Veritas.

 

Name
Levis Racedo Wilches
Position
Commercial Manager
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Phone
+57 300 815 70 08

Name
Jose De Andreis
Position
Commercial Chief
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PBX: +57 (5) 316 03 70 ext: 1006 - 1018 - 1016

 www.zonafrancabarranquilla.com

International Free Trade Zone of the state of Atlantico ZOFIA

ZOFIA, is one of the most modern projects in the Colombian caribbean region, offering a specialized infrastructure for international logistics, solutions adjusted to the needs of foreign trade companies and a strategic spot to consolidate the presence or conquer new national and international markets.
Located in the Municipality of Galapa, 9,5 km from the port and airport areas of Barranquilla, with alternative ports in the cities of Santa Marta and Cartagena, communicated by 3rd and 4th Generation routes, they have an adequate area for the installation of companies, complying with the demands of globalization in aspects such as the environment (zero dumping), safety in cargo handling, public services installed and the total systematization of foreign trade operations, LED lighting in all its common areas, scales and plan of medium-term expansion.
The free zone offers warehouses from 580 m2 and urbanized lots from 1,000 - 2,000 and 10,000 m2, with the option of sale or lease for immediate delivery. Currently there are 21 users and 4 support entities that operate in the park.
Why to invest in Zofia?

  • Axis to reach different markets, both national and international.
  • The infrastructure is tailored to your company.
  • Committed to quality, safety and the environment.
  • In addition to the free regime incentives, they also benefit from the municipal benefits offered by the Municipality of Galapa (Municipal Decree # 138 of October 30, 2015).
  • Maximizes the profitability of your company

Name
Levis Racedo Wilches
Position
Commercial Manager
Email
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Phone
+57 300 815 70 08

Name
Jose De Andreis
Position
Commercial Chief
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PBX: +57 (5) 316 03 70 ext: 1006 - 1018 - 1016

www.zofia.com.co

 

La Cayena Free Trade Zone

Industrial Park just 1,800 km from the United States and 7,200 km from Europe, unique location for your company in Latin America, North America and Europe. Zona Franca La Cayena is the ideal place for business development within the free trade zone regime, because of its strategic location, spaces, infrastructure and highly trained personnel committed to supporting the development and growth of the installed companies. Located in the city of Barranquilla, in the fastest growing area only 8 km from the current circunvalar avenue and nearby the highway Circunvalar de la Prosperidad. With more than 10 years of experience, tax and customs benefits, more than 34 active users, employment and investment, La Cayena Free Trade Zone is the place that brings it users, allies and suppliers closer to competitiveness.

Name
Viviana Elias Castro
Position
Commercial Manager
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Phone
+57 318 711 73 84

Name
Johanna Bernal
Position
Commercial Chief
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+57 318 711 73 88

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Phone: +57 (5) 336 60 00

www.zonafrancalacayena.com

 

 

Palermo Free Trade Zone

Palermo Free Trade Zone is an urbanized 30 Hectares park which works under the model BUILT TO SUIT solutions (tailor-made) looking for the optimization and profitability of the industrial, logistic and commercial processes of our clients.

Some of the characteristics of the free zone include:

  • Location next to the river with access to dock for river operations.
  • Area with availability for growth and expansion.
  • Operational ease for settlement of industrial activities and for obtaining construction licenses.
  • Locate in a Logistic Cluster with the Palermo and Sociedad Portuaria terminal (900 meters) and Palermo Tanks tank farm (700 meters).
  • Quality Certifications ISO 9001/14001 and 18001.
  • Work under HSEQ standards.
  • 25 minutes far away from the local airport.
  • Direct Access to national highways: Ruta Del Sol and Vía de la Prosperidad.
  • Location in industrial area with low urban density.
  • Direct control of processes of authorization of entry and exit of goods without intervention of the customs authority, ensuring the chain under a sole operator.
  • 13.2kV grid power supply and self-generation system adaptable to user requirements.
  • General optical fiber wiring.
  • Certified 80 ton truck scale.
  • 24h physical security and CCTV inside the park and its perimeter.
  • Fire protection system.

Currently, they have users from the Oil & Gas sector, among others, who provide services to companies that operate the largest offshore exploration blocks granted by the country. With this type of companies, it is constituted in more than a free zone and Logistics Cluster: in the Energy, Logistics and Commercial Cluster of Palermo.

Name
Alejandro Múnera Ramírez
Position
Commercial Manager
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Phone
+57 316 389 52 54

 

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Phone: +57 (5) 317 71 71 Ext: 12006

Success Stories

  • Uniphos Colombia Plant Limited: - UCPL: 2010 - United Phosphorus Limited is one of the largest agrochemical companies in the world, originally from India. The company arrived to Colombia through the acquisition of company DuPont in 2010 located in Barranquilla. Uniphos exports its products from the state of Atlantico to countries in North, Central and South America, as well as some countries in Europe and Asia, thanks to the port connectivity offered by the city.
  • PriceSmart: 2011 – American company of the retail and wholesale sector with operations in Barranquilla since 2011. The supermarket chain chose Barranquilla as its gateway to the Colombian and Latin American markets. Thanks to the port infrastructure and the conditions of the city, they have chosen the port area of Barranquilla as their port for handling the merchandise for the rest of the country.
  • Sutherland Global Services: 2010 – Indian multinational company specialized in the outsourcing of business processes through digitalization and standardization. The multinational is a leader in the sectors of telecommunications, technology, retail, entertainment and finances, serving from Barranquilla companies such as AT&T, Lenovo, Dell, the television network Univision, among others. They have operations in more than 15 countries around the world, started operating in Colombia through Barranquilla in 2010, becoming one of the companies in the outsourcing sector with the largest number of employees in the city.
  • Mars: 2005 – American company dedicated to the manufacture of foods including pet food. Mars installed in 2005 in the state of Atlantico a pet food plant of the brands Pedigree and Whiskas, as well as with distribution center of chocolates for the national and Andean market.
  • Hilton Garden Inn: 2014 - One of the brands of the Hilton Worldwide hotel located in the north area of the city of Barranquilla. The hotel is located in a complex that includes a shopping mall, tower of offices, and a convention center. The hotel has 114 rooms, restaurants, Pavilion Pantry store, swimming pool, Spa, sports center and gym, and WI-FI and a 24-hour business center.
  • Jumio: 2018 - American multinational specialized in the creation of validation processes of identity documents, essential for companies in the financial sector, air transport, and all those whose transactional method is based on mobile platforms and web. They attend the verification processes of large platforms such as Airbnb and United Airlines. The multinational was founded in 2010 with the financing of 2 major Silicon Valley accelerators, and in 2018, established in Barranquilla the First Identity Verification Center for Latin America, generating 400 new jobs and an investment of 5 Million Dollars.

Reasons To Invest

  • Connectivity:
    Strategically located in the Caribbean region and at the entrance of South America, the state of Atlantico is a multimodal logistics platform with port, air and land connectivity, which allows taking advantage of the existing international trade agreements Colombia has signed and provides the opportunity to access a potential market of 1,500 million consumers.
  • Business Infrastructure:
    Infrastructure for industrial, commerce and service operations. Includes a current offer of 4 permanent free zones which hold more than 150 companies; 19 industrial parks along the state for different economic activities, and a port infrastructure with 7 public ports which includes the first refrigerated warehouse inside a port in the country.
  • Human Resource:
    The state of Atlantico is the capital of human resource in the Colombian Caribbean region. Atlantico has an offer with more than 800 certified higher education institutions and Barranquilla stands out as the second city with the highest percentage of bilingual population in the country. More than 190,434 people has graduated in higher education between 2001 and 2016. Additionally, 54% of the industrial jobs in the Colombian Caribbean region are generated in Atlantico, allowing to develop a specialized human resource for the manufacture sector.
  • Tax exemptions:
    Incentives for installation/relocation of companies which includes up to 10 years exemptions on the Industry and Commerce Tax, as well as Property Tax, for companies that establish or relocate operations on specific strategic zones nearby industrial corridors and to the corridor close to the Magdalena River.
  • Quality of Life:
    Barranquilla and the Atlantic are a territory with competitive living conditions and costs for its inhabitants. Barranquilla is currently the city with the highest public investment per capita, its hospital network is recognized nationally as a model health system, high quality educational offer, as well as offering locals and visitors a varied offer of tourism including corporate, cultural, and leisure and fun activities.
  • New Era in Public Management:
    Barranquilla is cataloged by the World Bank as a leading city in public management thanks to its commitment to development of infrastructure projects and urban renewal projects.

Potential Sectors

  • Manufacturing:
    • Chemicals and Plastics
    • Food and Beverages
    • Cosmetics and Cleaning Products
    • Renewable Energy, Oil and Gas Offshore.
  • Services:
    • Outsourcing of BPO and KPO Services
    • Software and IT Services.

 

Investment Map Barranquilla - Atlántico - Colombia

 

Atlantico - Barranquilla: Port and industrial center

  • Average Temperature: 84.2 °F (29 °C)
  • Population of the state of Atlantico 2018: 2,545,924 inhabitants
  • Population of the city of Barranquilla 2018: 1,232,462 inhabitants
  • Atlantico's GDP 2017: USD 12,5 Billion
  • Atlantico's GDP per capita 2017: USD 5,587
  • Area of the state: 3,386 Km2
  • Area of the capital: 166 km2

Barranquilla - or “Colombia’s Golden Gate Way” - has a privileged location on the banks of the Magdalena river, Colombia’s main river flowing out to the Caribbean Sea from the country's interior. One of the most important and active ports in the country is also situated here, only a three-day maritime journey from New York.

The area's transportation system includes the Ernesto Cortissoz International Airport as well as an excellent road network that connects it to all of the country’s departments.

The economy is diverse and quite strong in the metal-mechanics, logistics, energy, and business services sectors, amongst others.

Having served as a port of entry for immigrants throughout its history, the region’s ethnic diversity is a unique feature.

Barranquilla has one of the most important carnivals in Latin America. This celebration has even been declared as World Heritage by the UNESCO. This colorful and popular event attracts large numbers of visitors from all over the world.

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