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Graphic communication and publishing industry

Graphic communication and publishing industry
The publishing subsector has reported considerable growth since 1990 less than 2,000 publications were printed compared to 2009 when the total production reached 30,336,833 copies from 11,389 publications. Children and young people's literature has also seen an increase, as have academic books and university publications.
The graphic communication subsector, which includes the printing of books and promotional material, accounts for 2.1% of the GDP and 8% of the GDP from the manufacturing sector. Furthermore, Colombia is the second largest exporter of books in Latin America after Mexico.

World Graphic and Publishing Industry Exports (2010 - 2013)
US$ Millions FOB

Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, Suriname, Switzerland, the Bahamas, the Cayman Islands, the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, the Netherlands, the Netherlands Antilles, the Republic of Korea (South), the Republic of South Africa, the United Kingdom, the United States, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Business Opportunities


  • Printing of advertising material
  • Newspapers, journals and periodicals
  • Exercise books
  • Children and young people's books
  • Religious, technical and university publications
  • Reference books (school texts)
  • Dictionaries and encyclopaedias

Competitive Factors


  • The industry is recognized for its competitive prices, good use of language, availability of labour, and high quality standards.
  • Colombia has made considerable investments in equipment and technology to strengthen the graphic and publishing industry.