Colombia Joins World Logistics Passport
Colombia has joined the World Logistics Passport, a major initiative by Dubai to link trading hubs around the world and boost South-South trade. The framework agreement was signed by His Excellency José Manuel Restrepo Abondano, Minister of Commerce for Colombia, and Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai’s Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation.
The World Logistics Passport has been created to overcome trade impediments, such as logistics inefficiency, that currently limit the growth of trade between developing markets. South-South trade is already worth an estimated US$ 4.28 trillion annually, more than half of total developing countries exports in 2018, according to the WTO. But many countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa have much smaller market shares in key export products in each other’s markets compared to their shares in developed countries, indicating the potential for substantial further growth. Africa accounts for less than 1 percent of Colombia’s $43 billion annual exports.
Designed as a points loyalty scheme, the World Logistics Passport provides benefits to traders and freight forwarders to increase their trading volumes through member hubs, including Colombia. The benefits include cost and time savings and faster customs clearances. Member countries also share expertise to smooth trade flows around the world.
José Manuel Restrepo Abondano, Minister of Commerce for Colombia said: “I am confident that as a result of our participation in the World Logistics Passport Colombia will further increase its trade and investment. This initiative will support our strategy of becoming a global trade hub for Latin America.”
Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai’s Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation said: “We are delighted Colombia has joined the World Logistics Passport because of its unique geographic location with port access to both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, and its dynamic and open economy. Colombia is joining a global network of trading hubs that is being set up to support economic growth. The objective of this agreement is to further expand Colombia’s trade and I look forward to a fruitful collaboration.”