This barrier is unrelated to the end of the transition period, following the United Kingdom's departure from the EU.


Validation procedures of personnel education and experience for public procurement tenders in Colombia

in Colombia

Trade barrier summary

UK businesses tend to find it hard to validate their personnel's education and experience certificates, which are required in public procurement tenders as evidence. Colombian authorities running public procurement tenders usually accept two ways to approve experience certification: by the apostille (authentication) of the official's signature on the certificate; or by an intermediate authority in the bidder's country that certifies that an official of a public entity is qualified to issue a certificate of experience. Experience certificates apostilled by notaries, are not valid. This makes it challenging to have qualified overseas personnel put forward in bids and participating in contracts, if awarded.

Sectors affected

  • Advanced engineering
  • Airports
  • Construction
  • Railways



Date reported

11 December 2019

Last updated

3 February 2021

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