Information and Communication Technology Sector

An Expert's View about IT and Telecommunications in Colombia

Posted on: 25 May 2012

The ICT sector accounted for nearly $800 million in U.S. exports to Colombia over 2008-10 (average) or 8.8 percent of total U.S. industrial exports to Colombia.

The U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement Opportunities for the U.S. Information and Communication Technology Sector The U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement would provide signicant commercial opportunities for U.S. exporters: • Colombia is the 19th largest market for U.S. ICT exports. • Estimated duties paid on exports of U.S. ICT products to Colombia were over $164 million from 2008 to 2010. Tari elimination could allow U.S. rms to reinvest in technology and production improvements. • More than 95 percent of U.S. ICT exports to Colombia would receive duty-free treatment immediately upon implementation of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement; Colombian ICT taris currently average 8.5 percent, ranging up to 20 percent. ICT Sector Overview U.S. Information and Communication • The ICT sector accounted for nearly $800 million in U.S. exports to Colombia over 2008-10 (average) or 8.8 percent of total U.S. Technology Exports to Colombia 1 industrial exports to Colombia. Averaged $798.4 Million • Top U.S. ICT exports to Colombia include data communication devices, computer parts, calculation instruments, and laptop $1,000 computers. 2 $800 • In 2009, U.S. production of ICT products was over $218 billion. • The United States leads in many of the more advanced computer $600 hardware product segments (such as high performance $400 computers and servers), is a major vendor of PCs, disk drives and hardcopy peripheral equipment, and has a strong hold on the $200 global markets for software and IT services. $0 3 • The U.S. ICT sector employed over 763,000 workers in 2009. 2008 2009 2010 Improved Market Access for U.S. ICT Exporters to Colombia 96% of U.S. Information & Communication • Colombian ICT taris currently average 8.5 percent, ranging from Technology Exports to Colombia Would be zero to 20 percent. Duty-Free Immediately • Over 95 percent of U.S. ICT exports to Colombia would receive 3% 1% 1% duty-free treatment immediately upon implementation of the 4 trade agreement. Immediate • Taris on less than 1 percent of ICT exports to Colombia would be eliminated over ve years and taris on 4 percent of exports 5 Years, would be elimina Linearted over seven years. Taris on less than 1 7 Years percent of ICT exports would be eliminated in over ten years. 10 Years Key States Exporting to Colombia 95% • Top U.S. states exporting ICT products to Colombia include: Florida, Texas, Tennessee, California, Illinois, Georgia, North 5 Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. 1 Global Trade Atlas. Calculation based on import data as reported by Colombia. The denition for ICT used in this report, unless otherwise cited, is based on select products within Harmonized System (HS) Chapters 84, 85, and 90. 2 U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, within NAICS 333, 334, and 33592. Shipments used as a best available proxy for production. 3 U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, within NAICS 333 and 334 (non-seasonally adjusted data). 4 Data based on three-year average for 2008-2010. 5 U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau. In Millions USD Foreign Competition in Colombian Market • Colombia signed trade agreements with both the EU and Canada EU Could Gain a Tari Advantage In the in November, 2008. Additionally, Colombia has FTAs in force with Colombian Information and the rest of the Andean Community, Chile, Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Colombia grants some preferential Communications Technology Market access to MERCOSUR, CARICOM, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and 9 Panama. 8 7 • Upon implementation of its agreement, EU information and 6 communications equipment exporters would enjoy a 5.3 percent 5 average tari advantage over U.S. exports. However, if the U.S.- EU 4 Colombia TPA is implemented at the same time, U.S. exports US 3 would have an immedia MFNte 2.2 percent average tari advantage 2 6 over the EU. 1 0 Other Key Commitments by Colombia for the Information and Communications Technology Sector Government Procurement: The government procurement provisions of the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement guarantee non- discriminatory access to the procurements of most Colombian central government entities, including all key ministries and signicant state-owned enterprises, as well as Colombia’s regional governments. The Agreement also imposes strong disciplines on government procurement procedures, such as requiring advance public notice of purchases and provision of information to all interested suppliers, regarding covered procurement opportunities, as well as timely and eective domestic review procedures. Intellectual Property Rights: The U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement requires high levels of intellectual property protection and enforcement, consistent with U.S. and international standards, and will support the growth of trade in valuable digital and other intellectual property-based products. The Agreement will provide for enhanced protections for trademarks, copyrights, and patents, such as the implementation a Colombian electronic trademark application system and on-line database, prohibitions on the circumvention of technological protection measures used by copyright holders, as well as ensuring that the parties will provide robust patent and test data protection. Remanufactured Goods: Colombia will eliminate its prohibition on the importation of remanufactured goods upon entry into force of the Agreement. Most Colombian taris on remanufactured goods will be eliminated immediately upon entry into force of the agreement, while taris on a small number of remanufactured goods will phase out over ten years. 6 U.S. Department of Commerce calculations based on EU-Colombia FTA and U.S.-Colombia Trade Agreement tari commitments and Colombian 2010 Tari Schedule. Average Tari April 2011 The International Trade Administration - Your Global Business Partner The International Trade Administration (ITA) – a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce – strengthens the competitiveness of U.S. industry, promotes trade and investment, and ensures fair trade through the rigorous enforcement of our trade laws and agreements. ITA also utilizes its global presence and international marketing expertise to help U.S. companies sell their products and services worldwide. For more information on exporting to Colombia, please contact: • The ITA office of the U.S. Embassy in Colombia at office.bogota@trade.gov, or 011-571-275-2519, or by visiting our website http://www.export.gov/colombia. • The U.S. Commercial Service trade specialist in the U.S. nearest you by visiting http://www.export.gov/eac. For more information on the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement, please visit www.export.gov/fta/colombia and www.trade.gov/fta/colombia. For more information on industry-specific issues, please visit http://trade.gov/mas/index.asp.
Posted: 25 May 2012

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