The government of President Gustavo Petro had to extend the 35 percent tariff on footwear imports for three more years, when it was declared below or the same established threshold, in order to «promote the industrialization process of the footwear and thereby promoting productivity and job creation«.

In this way, through Decree 2632 of December 30, 2022, the measures established in Decree 2279 of 2019 were extended until December 31, 2025.

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Thus, the pair of shoes that continue to be imported for an FOB value less than or equal to the thresholds established between six and 10 dollars (depending on the type of footwear or the tariff subheading), they will pay the 35 percent tariff.

In the case of imports of the upper (visible upper part of the footwear), the tariff established in the decree will be used when the declared FOB price is less than or equal to five dollars per gross kilo.

Merchandise leaving for the national territory from a special customs regime zone, a free zone or an international logistics distribution center, will be apply the tariff in mention at the moment in which they are going to be necessary to the rest of the national customs territory.

The Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism also explained that the footwear that enters Colombia comes from the countries with which Colombia has current trade agreements, is exempt from this measure.

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Minister Germán Umaña said that this measure also seeks to promote productive chains that stimulate national production.

«It is a sector that, for the most part, more than 90 percent is made up of micro, small and medium-sized companies. In addition, It is a great generator of jobs for the countryreasons why it is necessary to improve market conditions”, he added.

The extension of this measure, which was in force until December 31, 2022, was recommended by the Committee on Customs, Tariff and Foreign Trade Affairs (Triple A).