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Chile Import Regulations

Chile Flag
Country Code+56
Time Difference-12 Hours (GMT-3)
PortHambanthota / Colombo
Shipping LineK Line
CurrencyChilean peso
DocumentsInvoice, BL, Deregistration

Popular Models

Cars: Kia, Hyundai, Nissan, Suzuki, Toyota, Mitsubishi, Mazda, Ford, Peugeot, Renault.
Imported vehicles with style, space, luxury and maximum comfort are the most important needs for people of Chile. Thousands of Japanese used cars and other vehicle are imported into Chile. Reliable and experienced exporters from Japan make it easy for the importers in Chile to import best used cars at very reasonable price.

Shipping Port

Valparaiso: The ladyrinth of cobblestoned alleys that is, the Port of Valparaiso, is one of Chile's most important Ports and cultural centers.
Iquique: The Port of Iquique is one of only two Free Port of Chille.
Punta Arenas: Chile's 2nd free Port located in Punta Arenas
San Antonio: The Port of San Antonio is the largest in Chile & the 13th busiest in South America
Arica: The Port of Arica Lies on the Pacific coast of northem Chile
Chile applies the Harmonized Customs System. The customs duties are calculated Ad valorem on the CIF value. Since the 1st January of 2003, the general tariff rate has been 6% on most products, one of the lowest in Latin America. However, Chilean customs reserve the right to apply some minimum prices for the valuation of imports (it can be the case concerning certain farm products such as wheat, edible oils and sugar, for instance).
Chile signed a certain number of trade agreements, especially with Canada, Mexico and some of the members of the ALADI. Duties for most items between these countries are at 0 %. On the top of that, Chile is an associate member of Mercosur and is currently negotiating with Bolivia and the USA. Finally, Chile signed on November 18, 2002 a Free trade agreement with the European Union that ntered into force on an interim basis on 1 February 2003, leading to a reduction of customs duties.
For all additional information, you can contact the Chilean Customs Administration.
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Import Taxes (Excluding Consumer Taxes)

A surcharge is applied on luxury goods imports. New cars fall into this category. Vehicles having an engine capacity exceeding 1,500 cm3 are taxed at the rate of 85% of the CIF value (over USD 15,000 ).
As a luxury good, jewellery is taxed at 50% of the customs cleared value. There is also an internal tax on spirits. It differs depending on the products, and is at a lower rate for local products (25% on Pisco against 50% for Whiskey and 40% for Cognac).

Import Documents

Commercial Invoices must accompany all non document shipments. Invoices must be numbered, printed on company letterhead with an itemized list of contents, true FOB value of goods, signed and stamped by the shipper. Pro Forma invoices are acceptable as exceptions by Chilean Customs as valid documents for clearance.
Consignees Tax Identification Number (RUT) is required for shipments entering Chile and must be included on the Air Waybill and Commercial Invoice for all non-document shipments. If the RUT number is not included, additional clearance delays may occur.
Import Licenses all imports require a license, but, according to legislation governing the Central Bank since 1990, import licenses are granted as a routine procedure for nearly all goods. Licensing requirements are maintained largely as a statistical gathering mechanism, not as a control. More rigorous licensing procedures apply for pharmaceuticals and weapons.

Customs Classification

Chile applies to the Harmonized Customs System. The customs duties are calculated Ad valorem on the CIF value. Since 2003, the general tariff rate has been 6% on most products, one of the lowest in Latin America.

Method of Calculation of Duties

Chile applies the Harmonized Customs System. The customs duties are calculated Ad valorem on the CIF value. Since the 1st January of 2003, the general tariff rate has been 6% on most products, one of the lowest in Latin America. However, Chilean customs reserve the right to apply some minimum prices for the valuation of imports (it can be the case concerning certain farm products such as wheat, edible oils and sugar, for instance).
Chile signed a certain number of trade agreements, especially with Canada, Mexico and some of the members of the ALADI. Duties for most items between these countries are at 0 %. On the top of that, Chile is an associate member of Mercosur and is currently negotiating with Bolivia and the USA. Finally, Chile signed on November 18, 2002 a Free trade agreement with the European Union that ntered into force on an interim basis on 1 February 2003, leading to a reduction of customs duties.
For all additional information, you can contact the Chilean Customs Administration.
Method of Payment of Customs Duties
The payment of taxes on foreign trade must be made to the Customs Service of Chile.

Customs Valuation

Chilean customs valuation uses the normal value of merchandise, without special discounts, plus freight and insurance (CIF). Used goods are valued by the customs service according to the current new value of similar merchandise, discounting 10% per year of use, up to a 70% discount

The Importation of following commodities is prohibited in Chile

  • The importation of used passenger and cargo transport vehicles are prohibited.
  • Non-FTA qualified vehicles are governed by the regulation.
  • Dangerous Goods as defined by IATA (Intl. Air Transport Association).
  • Used tires and used motorcycles.
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