Colombia Road Freight Transport Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Colombia Road Freight Transport Market is segmented by End User (Construction, Oil and Gas and Quarrying, Agriculture, Fishing, and Forestry, Manufacturing and Automotive, Distributive Trade, and Other End Users (Pharmaceutical and Healthcare) and Vehicle Type (LTL and FTL).

Market Snapshot

Study Period: 2017-2026
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: 4.9 %

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Market Overview

The Colombian road freight market is expected to register a CAGR of 4.9% during the forecast period. In most low and middle-income countries, trucking is the main method of freight. Road travel is the main mode of transportation in Colombia. The road freight market is driven by the growth of exports from the agricultural sector. The structure of the road freight industry in Colombia is complex and fragmented.

COVID-19 has positively impacted Colombia's road freight market. Due to the lockdown in the country, people started purchasing goods online. The country has 164,000 kilometers of roads, 86% of which have not been paved but are still in use and development. With total revenue of USD 8.156 billion, the road segment category was the most profitable part of the industry in 2019. It was equivalent to 83.5% of the total value of the industry.

The road freight market is highly dependent on the imports and exports in Colombia. Petroleum is Colombia’s main export product, accounting for more than 45% of Colombia’s exports. Manufacturing accounts for almost 12% of Colombia’s exports, and it is growing at a rate of more than 10% every year.

Scope of the Report

Road freight or truck transportation is essential to the modern economy, and it has a unique socio-economic position in linking supply and demand to many industrial sectors. The industry consists of carriers who use commercial motor vehicles to transport goods for shippers. Demand is driven by consumer spending and manufacturing output. This report includes detailed research by determining the market size, market growth, major market segments, leading company profiles, and insights into the future growth prospects of Colombia’s road freight transportation market.

The Colombian road freight transport market is segmented by end user (construction, oil and gas and quarrying, agriculture, fishing, and forestry, manufacturing and automotive, distributive trade, and other end users (pharmaceutical and healthcare) and vehicle type (LTL and FTL).

By End User
Oil and Gas and Quarrying
Agriculture, Fishing, and Forestry
Manufacturing and Automotive
Distributive Trade
Other End Users (Pharmaceutical and Healthcare)
By Vehicle Type
Less Than Truckload (LTL)
Full Truckload (FTL)

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Key Market Trends

Rising Investment in the Transport and Logistics Sector

Colombia has made considerable progress in expanding its air and seaport capacity, and the country’s ambitious road construction plans seem to be back on track after a series of delays. Also, the government is trying to reform the legal framework of the industry to better promote private investment, while the municipality is committed to improving urban and rural mobility. Nevertheless, Colombia's gradual integration into the international economy and the development of mature global value chains have put pressure on the country's transportation system. Insufficient historical investment levels, coupled with increasing demand from companies and consumers and difficult geographic conditions in the country, have resulted in a huge infrastructure gap. The purpose of the government is to close the gap and promote economic growth. According to data from the Ministry of Transport (MoT), the transportation of goods within the country is mainly carried by roads. Although the investment in road freight transport and logistics is increasing, the investment in each field is not consistent.


Colombia Exports Remain Flat in February and Imports Fell by 11.7% Y-o-Y in January 2021

After a 24.1% decline in the previous month, exports from Colombia in February 2021 remained the same at USD 2.94 billion. Despite this, some significant annual variations were recorded in the sales of manufactured goods (14.4 %), chemical products (9.8 %), agricultural goods, food and beverages (8 %), unroasted coffee (7.5 %), and beef (1.0 %). In February 2021, Colombia sold 11.1 million barrels of crude oil, a decrease of 39.2% from the same period last year. During this period, the most important export partners were the United States (31.2% of total sales), China (10.0%), Brazil (5.8%), and India (4.4%). By the end of the year, Colombia’s exports are expected to reach USD 2.70 billion. From a long-term perspective, Colombia’s exports are expected to reach approximately USD 340 million by 2022 and USD 380 million by 2023.

In January 2021, imports to Colombia fell by 11.7% year-on-year to USD 3.88 billion, after an increase of 1.6% in the previous month due to a rebound in the number of infected people worldwide. In all commodity categories headed by agricultural products, purchases decreased (-12.4%), followed by manufactured goods (-11.8%) and finally fuels and mining products (-10.6%). The largest import partners are the United States (26.7% of total imports), China (24.7%), Mexico (5.7%), and Brazil (4.9%). Colombia's industrial confidence index rose by 4.5 points from the previous month to 8.2 in February 2021, which is the highest level since the pandemic began a year ago, and all three components have achieved favorable growth. The current order volume has increased by 9.4 points (-10.9 in January and -20.9 in January), inventory levels have increased by 2.1 points (-0.4 compared to -2.5).


Competitive Landscape

The structure of the road freight industry in Colombia is complex and fragmented. The profitability of a single company depends on effective operations. The major players in the market are Operadores Logisticos De Carga S OPL Carga SAS, Coordinadora Mercantil SA, TCC SAS, Transportes Vigia Sociedad Por Acciones Simplificada SAS, and Transportes Sanchez Polo SA.

Recent Developments

March 2021: There was an investigation of six freight transport companies for alleged illegal discounts. The Superintendency of Transportation reported that it carried out the first phase of inspection operations on the road in 25 strategic points in 23 cities of the country. In less than a month, it inspected 3,867 cargo vehicles in nearly 200 operations. It has identified 700 findings that could constitute a violation of cargo transport regulations. Transportes Vigia was among the six freight transport companies.

April 2021: Coordinadora Mercantil SA introduced the driver training program. With this program, the company seeks to standardize the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will help the company to have very professional drivers who will make a difference by carrying out their work.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study


    1. 2.1 Analysis Methodology

    2. 2.2 Research Phases



    1. 4.1 Insights into Freight Rates

    2. 4.2 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    3. 4.3 Market Dynamics

      1. 4.3.1 Drivers

      2. 4.3.2 Restraints

      3. 4.3.3 Opportunities

      4. 4.3.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis


    1. 5.1 By End User

      1. 5.1.1 Construction

      2. 5.1.2 Oil and Gas and Quarrying

      3. 5.1.3 Agriculture, Fishing, and Forestry

      4. 5.1.4 Manufacturing and Automotive

      5. 5.1.5 Distributive Trade

      6. 5.1.6 Other End Users (Pharmaceutical and Healthcare)

    2. 5.2 By Vehicle Type

      1. 5.2.1 Less Than Truckload (LTL)

      2. 5.2.2 Full Truckload (FTL)


    1. 6.1 Market Concentration Overview

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Operadores Logisticos De Carga S OPL Carga SAS

      2. 6.2.2 Coordinadora Mercantil SA

      3. 6.2.3 TCC SAS

      4. 6.2.4 Transportes Vigia Sociedad Por Acciones Simplificada SAS

      5. 6.2.5 Transportes Sanchez Polo SA

      6. 6.2.6 Compania De Distribucion Y Transporte SA Ditransa

      7. 6.2.7 Logistica Transporte Y Servicios Asociados SAS

      8. 6.2.8 Cooperativa Santandereana De Transportadores Limitada

      9. 6.2.9 Transportes Montejo SAS

      10. 6.2.10 Sercarga SAS*

    3. *List Not Exhaustive

  8. 8. APPENDIX

    1. 8.1 Macroeconomic Indicators

    2. 8.2 Insights on Capital Flows

    3. 8.3 E-commerce and Consumer Spending-related Statistics

    4. 8.4 External Trade Statistics - Export and Import, by Product and by Country

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Colombia Road Freight Transport Market market is studied from 2017 - 2026.

The Colombia Road Freight Transport Market is growing at a CAGR of 4.9% over the next 5 years.

Operadores Logisticos De Carga S OPL Carga S.A.S. , Coordinadora Mercantil S.A. , TCC S.A.S., Transportes Vigia Sociedad Por Acciones Simplificada S.A.S. , Transportes Sanchez Polo S.A. are the major companies operating in Colombia Road Freight Transport Market.

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