Published On: Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

Colombia responds to the international market’s demand for construction materials

Proexport Colombia was responsible for 201 buyers from 24 countries that attended Expocamacol 2014, which reported business expectations for US $169.6 million and closed sales during the fair of US $7.3 million

Caribbean buyers will have another opportunity to get to know Colombia’s offer on construction materials during Construferia del Caribe 2014 in Barranquilla, from October 23 to 26.

colombian_flagMIAMI - The industry of construction materials in Colombia has responded to the needs of international markets as it offers quality, value-added logistics and trade advantages. The Expocamacol Fair 2014 was proof of this, as Colombian exporters responded to the specific demands of 24 countries of which 13 were from the Caribbean region.

The business conference organized by Proexport Colombia in Medellin left US $169.6 million in business expectations. Among the most popular products demanded in the fair were tiles, metal panels, glass, ceramic flooring, nails, doors, windows, furniture and architectural woodwork.

"The interest for Colombian products indicates that internationalization is a vital way for the expansion of national industry. Every buyer we brought to the fair represents an opportunity for the country's businesses to grow through exports, exchange of knowledge and suitability of the products according to their demands and requirements," said Maria Claudia Lacouture, president of Proexport Colombia.

Proexport has identified a general map of opportunities that goes from Canada to Chile, in projects such as shopping centers and homes, where buyers require final products.

As for the Caribbean region, the large delegation came from countries like Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, St. Lucia, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. From this region, Guyana was the country that closed more business during the fair worth US $2 million; the country left US $4 million in business expectations from one to three months, followed by Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

The next opportunity for Caribbean buyers to meet Colombian suppliers and get to know more about the country’s construction materials will be in Construferia del Caribe 2014. This event is organized by Camacol and Proexport, with the latter being responsible for assisting buyers who are interested in participating. The fair will be held from October 23 to 26 in Barranquilla. The 40 participating exporters are characterized by having operations in the Colombian Coast near the ports of Cartagena and Barranquilla and offering a broad portfolio of products for building materials with the best quality and delivery times.

Proexport Colombia is the government agency responsible for promoting tourism, foreign investment and non-mining exports. To know about how you can participate in Construferia del Caribe 2014 or for more information on construction materials in Colombia, please contact our office in the Caribbean. Email: caribe@proexport.com.co. Tel: (786) 315-4260.

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