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This office provides support to the General Management of ICA to formulate, prepare, and develop policies, plans, programs, projects to offer and improve the services provided at ports, airports, and border posts, PAPF.

The Border Protection office works to make possible international trade and the sanitary and phytosanitary certification of Colombian agricultural and livestock products, in addition to issuing its technical evaluation, guaranteeing that all products and by-products meet the established requirements.

The SPF performs technical control over imports of animals, plants, and animal and plant products in order to prevent pests and diseases and other risk factors that may affect the sanitary and phytosanitary status of the country.

SPF also carries out animal and plant health control over shippers and carriers by motor or rail vehicle and aircraft to prevent practices that create agricultural and livestock products safety risks, seeking the implementation of necessary control measures.

SPF main functions are:

Imports: Prevent the entry of pests and diseases into the country (First health barrier) and maintain the sanitary and phytosanitary status of the country.

Exports: Ensure the export certification of agricultural and livestock products and maintain eligibility.

Make foreign trade processes possible.

Diego Ricardo Rojas Morea
Border Protection Office Manager
Phone: 6017563030 Ext 3410


The SPF is comprised of three technical offices: the Technical Office of Quarantine, the Technical Office of Logistics, and the National Group of Plant Quarantine.

Relevant topics for international users

Technical Office of Quarantine:

The DTC guarantees the health status of imports and exports of products and by-products of animal origin. DTC develops processes to inspect and control livestock products for international trade in order to implement health measures and quarantine procedures according to each species. DTC also verifies compliance with the health requirements agreed between Colombia and other countries for commercial exchange, thus allowing DTC to issue animal health certificates for import or export.

DTC supports the health control activities in transport vehicles entering the country, by sea, river, air, or land, and applies the necessary prevention or control measures through the offices located in the ports, airports, and border checkpoints of the country.

DTC main functions are:

  • To issue the animal health authorization to import animals and their products.
  • To issue the animal health certification to export animals and their products.
  • Quarantine development for imported animals.
  • To support health control activities in transport vehicles entering the country.
  • To maintain a health alert system at border checkpoints.

Importation procedures: 

Livestock import processes are as follows:


  • Aquaculture (fish, crustaceans, molluscs and fishery products)
  • Service/comfort animals other than cats and dogs: birds and others (ferrets, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, and gerbils)
  • Pets (dogs and cats)
  • Food for animals
  • Biologicals for veterinary use, diagnostic kits, and related products
  • Meat, meat products and by-products (different species)
  • Livestock inputs and its raw materials (without animal ingredients)
  • Milk and dairy products (different species)
  • Genetic Material: semen and embryos (different species) fertile eggs
  • Raw materials from animals for the manufacture of balanced animal feed
  • Products and by-products from animals for industrial use
  • Quarantine of imported animals
  •  Animal Health Document for Import – DZI
  • Authorization for companies trying to export animals, animal products or by-products, and livestock supplies to Colombia
  • Importation of animals, animal products, and livestock supplies when there are NO established health requirements
  •  Products from animals that require the Animal Health Document for Import

Export procedures:

Livestock export processes:

  • Pets (dogs and cats)
  • Authorization for Colombian companies trying to export livestock products
  • Export of animals and their products
  • Application for the Animal Health Certificate for Export – CZE
  • Ornamental fish


Francisco Javier Osorio Martínez​
Technical Director of Quarantine
Phone 6017563030 Ext 3452


Technical Office of Logistics:

The DTL keeps available and updated the sanitary and phytosanitary information required for import and export processes, as well as the procedures for compliance with the requirements and the regulations that support it, in addition, keeps an updated statistical record of imports and exports of products that must be inspected and controlled by the Institute.

DTL coordinates with other authorities the development of joint activities to guarantee the sanitary and phytosanitary status, improve procedures and make import and export processes at ports, airports, and border checkpoints possible. Likewise, it coordinates with other commercial authorities the development of joint activities to facilitate international merchandise trade.

DTL ensures compliance with health requirements and protocols for export, through the development of support programs with the private sector.

This office supports the Border Protection Office by preparing and developing plans, programs, and projects to provide effective and efficient service at ports, airports, and border checkpoints. At the same time, it manages the information on requirements and procedures that users must follow for the import and export of agricultural and livestock products and makes them available online.



To manage and propose measures, procedures, and mechanisms to optimize import control and export certification in PAPF.

  • Participating in the development of inter-institutional programs to make possible international trade in accordance with applicable policies and procedures.
  • To manage the supply goods and provide services, as well as event coordination for internal and external users about the services provided by the Office.
  • Planning and implementing IT solutions and trade mechanisms on import and export processes.




Rafael Fabián Durán Ojeda
Technical Director of Logistics
Phone 6017563030 Ext 3410



The National Group of Plant Quarantine provides guidelines on inspection and certification of imports and exports and the development of specific procedures to implement post-entry quarantine for imported plant material.

ICA officials assigned to the National Group of Plant Quarantine carry out activities to inspect plants and plants products for the certification of imports in order to prevent the introduction, establishment, and spread of pests and diseases that affect national production. They coordinate the supervision and development of destruction activities for products that do not comply with phytosanitary or plant health requirements. They contribute to maintaining the eligibility of Colombian products in the international market following the requirements demanded by the countries.



  • To manage and maintain the country's agricultural quarantine system and implement the protocols and procedures for its development.
  • Issue assessments and certify the phytosanitary status for imports and exports of agricultural products according to the established requirements.
  • To implement phytosanitary measures against quarantine pests and maintain a PAPF phytosanitary alert system.
  • Carry out phytosanitary inspection and control procedures at ports, airports, and border checkpoints.


María Alessandra Alterio Sabino
Manager of the National Group of Plant Quarantine
Phone: 6017563030 Ext 3430


Relevant topics for international users


Health information system to import and export agricultural and livestock products, SISPAP is a tool that provides information and allows to take part in the import and export process of agricultural or livestock products. SISPAP will previously display the Plant and Animal Health requirements demanded by the ICA for Import or Export. You will be able to fill out an online application to obtain documents for each of these procedures. It will also allow the user to know the status of their requests.

SISPAP will also allow ICA officials in Ports, airports, and Border Checkpoints to access and automatically issue the technical assessment and fill out the import and export documents generated there. If you require any further information about the import or export process, contact the Office of Animal Quarantine or the Office of Plant Quarantine, depending on the procedure you wish to carry out.

Who is interacting with SISPAP?

  • Importing users
  • Exporting users
  • Customs agents
  • ICA officials

How do I create a SISPAP account?

Send a registration request to the following emails:

Attaching the following information:


* Find the form HERE and fill it out. * RUT and a copy of the ID.

* Find the form HERE and fill it out. * RUT and the Chamber of Commerce document (issued during the last three months).

o       Your registration will be confirmed by email. You will receive a username and password.


SISPAP Support:

  • For technical support, please contact us: Phone: 6017563030 ext. 3419 and 3418. Email:;
  • Adding products, companies, farms, or technical assistance: Phone 6017563030 ext. 3418 and 3419. Email:;
  • Technical support - Agricultural area: Phone: 6017563030 ext. 3432, 3434, 3438, 3431, and 3435. Email:
  •  Technical support - Livestock area: Phone 6017563030 ext. 34152. Email:


Import and export procedures for agricultural and livestock products