Judy Genshaft

University of South Florida

“The Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council is an integral part of our region’s international trade strategy"

President Ronald L. Vaughn

The University of Tampa

"The Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council has a lead role in helping to rebuild these relationships for our community.”

Bob Rohrlack

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce commends the Mayor and County on their vision to strengthen Protocol with an international trade component.


Colombia is the fourth-largest country in South America in term of land area, and it is the only South American country with both Caribbean and Pacific coastlines (3).

Colombia’s natural resources include: petroleum, natural gas, coal, iron ore, nickel, gold, copper, emeralds, and hydropower (1). Its economy is structured as followed (in % of GDP): agriculture: 6.6%, industry: 37.8% and services: 55.6% (2013) (4)

Colombia’s agriculture products include coffee, cut flowers, bananas, rice, tobacco, corn, plantains, potatoes, cassava, cotton, sugarcane, cocoa, dry beans, oilseed, vegetables, forest products and shrimp (1;3). Its industries include textiles, food processing, oil, clothing and footwear, beverages, chemicals, cement; gold, coal, emeralds (1).

Colombia’s top export commodities include petroleum, coal, emeralds, coffee, nickel, sugarcane, palm oil, cut flowers, bananas and apparel (2;4). Colombia’s top import commodities include industrial equipment, transportation equipment, consumer goods, chemicals, paper products, fuels and electricity (4).

Colombia’s main ports are Barranquilla, Buenaventura, Cartagena, Puerto Bolivar, Santa Marta, Turbo (4).

Trade Statistics
Colombia was the United States' 21th largest goods trading partner $40 billion in total goods trade during 2013. In 2013, Colombia was the United States' 20th largest goods export market and 22nd largest supplier of goods imports (5). In 2012, United-States was Colombia’s main export and import partner (6).
Florida’s top exports to Colombia: Electric Apparatus for Line Telephony, Automatic Data Process Machines, Civilian Aircraft, Engines, Printing Machinery, Parts For Machinery Of Headings, Medical Instruments, Mineral. Florida’s top imports from Colombia: Gold, Unwrought, Semi manufactured, Cut Flowers, Crude Oil, Coal, Briquettes, Expts Of Artic Imptd For Repairs; Impts Of Artic Exptd Returned, Platinum, Unwrought, Mens or Boys Suits, Coffee. (7)

The City of Tampa has formalized a Sister City agreement with the city of Barranquilla (8).

On May 15, 2012, the United States-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) went into effect. The U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement aims to improve the investment environment, eliminate tariffs and other barriers to U.S. exports. (9;10;11;12)

Trade Numbers
  • United States’ goods imports from Colombia in 2013:  $21.6 billion – (a 12.2% decrease ($3.0 billion) from 2012) (5)
  • United States’ goods exports to Colombia in 2013: $18.6 billion – (up 13.8% ($2.3 billion) from 2012) (5)
  • Florida’s merchandise exports to Colombia in 2012: 6,027.1 Millions of US Dollars (7)
  • Florida’s merchandise imports from Colombia in 2012: 3,927.0 Millions of US Dollars (7)
  • Total Merchandise Trade between Florida and Colombia in 2013: 9,954.1Millions of US Dollars (7)
  • Imports from Columbia to Tampa Port Authority in 2010: $17,261,550 (13)
  • Exports from Tampa Port Authority to Colombia in 2010: $125,218,335 (13)

  1. http://www.infoplease.com/country/colombia.html
  2. http://www.justiceforcolombia.org/about-colombia/
  3. http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Colombia.aspx
  4. https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/co.html
  5. http://www.ustr.gov/countries-regions/americas/colombia
  6. http://export.gov/pennsylvania/tradewinds/whyamericas/index.asp
  7. http://www.enterpriseflorida.com/wp-content/uploads/profile-fl-top-trade-partners-colombia.pdf
  8. http://www.tampagov.net/appl_tampa_announcements/ViewRelease.asp?ReleaseID=2263
  9. http://www.ustr.gov/uscolombiatpa/facts
  10. http://export.gov/FTA/colombia/index.asp
  11. http://www.trade.gov/fta/colombia/
  12. http://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/35754.htm
  13. http://www.worldportsource.com/trade/byPort/COL/USA_FL_Tampa_Port_Authority_96.php