Barranquilla is an important platform for trade thanks to its strategic location in the Caribbean, which allows you to be just 2 hours from the United States and one hour from Panama by air. It is located in the center of the port region of the Colombian Caribbean, less than 60 miles from the ports of Cartagena and Santa Marta.
Barranquilla has a port infrastructure comprising more than 20 port concessions and a dozen terminals in one, which allows transport of all types of cargo to the rest of the country and the world. Likewise we have a road infrastructure that connects us to the center of the country and the Caribbean coast of Colombia through a network of main and secondary roads, which places us just hours from Santa Marta and Cartagena and 16 hours from the country’s capital. Regarding aerial connectivity, the city has an international airport for the transport of passengers and cargo to the rest of the country and to a variety of destinations in the Caribbean and the world.
The logistics development in the city is driven by the “National Logistics Policy” program in conjunction with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which has budgeted an investment of US $ 300 million in road, aerial, port, rail and river infrastructure.
The specific objectives of the program are the institutionalisation of logistics at a national level through:
- Strengthening the institutional framework and logistical information.
- Momentum towards intermodal transport, urban logistics platforms and promotion of Specialized Logistics Infrastructures (ILE).
- Improvements in the control and facilitation of foreign trade.
- The rise in policies for the logistics of sustainable loads, as alternatives of environmental sustainability and mitigation strategies for climate change.
- The establishment of a policy and regulation of transport services, particularly motor transport of cargo, which will lead to the modernization of the sector.
According to the 2012 World Bank Logistics Performance Index, Colombia climbed 8 positions compared to 2010, going from position 72 to 64 among 155 countries.
Training centers have important institutes dedicated to teaching foreign languages such as English, French, Portuguese, German, Mandarin, among other languages; which has increased the interest of the people of Barranquilla in learning a second language in addition to the advantages that this represents.
Currently 6.6% of the population in the city of Barranquilla is bilingual, which allows for suitable human resources to be linked to companies that offer their services to the US market.
Graduates from Higher Education Institutions 2002-2012