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Construction materials

Colombia is widely recognized for its significant product portfolio and supplies in the construction materials sector. Innovation, quality and service are the hallmarks of the sectors.

The Colombian construction products include finishes for construction, coverings, hardware products, pipes and fittings, metal structures, framework, paints, coatings and formwork, among others, and are collectively considered as one of the most complete and diverse assortments in the region.

World Construction Materials Exports 2009-2012
US$ Millions FOB

Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Granada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Lebanon, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, the Virgin Islands, Peru, Puerto Rico, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Suriname, Taiwan, the Dominican Republic, the Netherlands Antilles, the United Kingdom, the United States, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Business Opportunities

  • Ceramic products
  • Clay products
  • Natural stone
  • Porcelain sanitary ware
  • Plastic and metal pipes
  • Doors
  • Windows and window frames
  • Aluminium framework
  • Portland cement
  • Construction finishes and fittings

Competitive Factors

  • Availability of raw materials: Colombia is one of the world's leading countries in terms of the abundance of natural resources, making it attractive to foreign buyers and investors.
  • High quality standards: The construction industry in Colombia is one of the most regulated in Latin America. Colombia was the second country in Latin America to include seismic resistance standards in its building code. Moreover, countries such as Costa Rica, El Salvador, Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia have adopted many of Colombia's standards and regulations.
  • Ease of doing businesses: Colombia was one of the countries that showed most improvement in its ease of doing business, according to the Doing Business 2010 and 2011 reports monitoring 183 countries where Colombia moved up from position 47 to 44 in the world ranking. It is ranked third in Latin America and the Caribbean after Chile and Peru.
  • Proximity of principal markets: the geographic location of Colombia allows for easy access to the countries of the American continent, with short order lead times.