Colombia

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The government of Colombia released a national plan to strengthen all areas of government, including anti-money laundering and counterterrorist financing processes, for the years covering 2018 to 2022. 

Colombia’s financial intelligence unit underlined in a press release that, due to upgrades in the nation’s anti-money laundering and counterterrorist financing regime, the nation was re-rated on five Financial Action Task Force Recommendations in its latest mutual evacuation report.

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Important Facts

  • The U.S. State Department labels Colombia as a major money laundering country. Despite having one of Latin America’s more comprehensive anti-money laundering systems, laundering of illicit proceeds from the illicit drug trade, illegal gold trading, extortion and public corruption continues to be prevalent. Bulk cash smuggling and trade-based money laundering (TBML) are the most common methods utilized by criminal groups to launder illicit proceeds in Colombia. TBML frequently involves invoice-related fraud to enable transactions. Criminal organizations also use trade of counterfeit items, as well as the non-bank financial system to launder illicit money. Other methods used by criminals to launder money include real estate transactions, wire transfers, and remittances. Colombia has enacted customer due diligence and suspicious transaction reporting regulations, including obligations to implement enhanced due diligence (EDD) for politically exposed persons (PEPs), though some covered entities are only only required to apply EDD for domestic PEPs. Additionally, designated non-financial businesses and professions generally have lower level of awareness concerning anti-money laundering and counterterrorist financing requirements.
-Source: 2021 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR)

Rankings

FATF i | 2013 Methodology

Technical Effectiveness
Compliant : 13 High : 0
Largely Compliant : 15 Substantial : 4
Partially Compliant : 10 Moderate : 4
Non-Compliant : 1 Low : 3
Not-Applicable : 1

Colombia's technical compliance was re-rated in a follow-up report on Jan. 25, 2022.

BASEL i

Rank : 32/110
Score : 4.64/10

TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL i

Rank : 92/179
Score : 39/100

Tax Justice Network i

Rank : 102/133
Score : 56/100