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Cosmetics and toiletries

Cosmetics and toiletries

Colombia is increasing its potential to develop cosmetics and cleaning products sector to become a world-class player. The production of cosmetics and cleaning products is one of the twelve priorities of the Government and the private sector. The Production Transformation Programme enabled these players to work together to ensure that Colombia is recognized as a world leader in the production and export of high quality cosmetics, toiletries and other sanitary products made with natural ingredients.

World Cosmetics and Cleaning Products Exports 2009-2012
US$ Millions FOB

Argentina, Aruba, Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, France, Germany, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Italy, Jamaica, Kuwait, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, the Netherlands Antilles, the Philippines, the United Kingdom, the United States, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Venezuela.

Business Opportunities

  • Personal care products
  • Makeup and perfumes
  • Detergents, soaps and cleaners

Competitive Factors

  • Natural resource diversity. Colombia features close to 10% of all protected natural areas and reserves in South America. In addition, Colombia is considered the world's second country in diversity of flora.
  • Adaptability to market trends with high quality standards, high production volumes and extensive experience in the development of own brands.
  • Colombian companies have international quality certifications endorsing their production processes, such as ISO 9001, National Institute for Drug and Food Surveillance (INVIMA) Registries, Good Manufacturing Practices certificates (GMP) and their logistics processes are endorsed with the BASC certifications.