Export to Chile

One of the fastest-growing economies in Latin America, Chile has experienced almost 5 per cent real growth per year from 2003 to 2012. As a result, the country now has the highest regional per capita GDP.

Chile’s economy is highly open with 22 trade agreements covering more than 60 countries and blocs including the EU. As most goods from the UK enter Chile without tariffs, it is hardly surprising that Chile is the UK’s second largest export destination in Latin America.

Sources: GOV.UK, UKTI, World Bank

For more detailed information when trading with Chile, download our Chile Fact Sheet.



Chile Fact Sheet (3 MB)

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DHL Facts

Locations: 37

Gateways into the Country: 1

Number of Service Centres: 12

DHL Delivery Zone: 10

Vehicle Fleet: 97

Chile: Country Profile
Capital: Santiago EXPORTS FROM CHILE
Population: 17,363,894 Exports from
US$ 77.94 billion (2013 est.)
Area: 756,102 sq km Export Commodities: Copper, fruit, fish products, paper and pulp, chemicals, wine
Currency: Chilean Peso (CLP) Top Export Destinations: China, USA, Japan, South Korea, Brazil
GDP: US$ 335.4 billion (2013 est.) IMPORTS INTO CHILE
Time Zones: UTC-4; daylight savings time is observed Imports into
US$ 75.7 billion (2013 est.)
Languages: Spanish, English, indigenous (includes Mapudungun, Aymara, Quechua, Rapa Nui), other, unspecified Import Commodities: Petroleum and petroleum products, chemicals, electrical and telecommunications equipment, industrial machinery, vehicles, natural gas
Ethnic Groups: White and non-indigenous 88.9%, Mapuche 9.1%, Aymara 0.7%, other indigenous groups 1% (includes Rapa Nui, Likan Antai, Quechua, Colla, Diaguita, Kawesqar, Yagan or Yamana), unspecified 0.3% Top Import Origins: USA, China, Argentina, Brazil
Transit Times
The times provided for
dutiable shipments
are based on the time
expected for Customs
in Chile to clear
the shipment. This is
contingent upon the
value of the shipment.
Destination Non-Dutiable Shipment Dutiable Shipment
Santiago 3 days 4 days
Antofagasta 4 days 5 days
Concepcion 4 days 5 days
Temuco 4 days 5 days
Valdivia 4 days 5 days
  • Further Information

    DHL can assist you with trading with Chile. Contact the DHL team on 0844 248 0675

    DHL Customer Services is also available on 0844 248 0844

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  • Duty Free Allowance

    US$ 30 but restrictions apply - see Essential Customs Information

Essential Customs Information

For an estimate of landed costs (duties, taxes and other import fees) for shipments going to Chile use the free and interactive DHL Express Trade Automation Services (TAS) tool, TAS also provides information on regulations compliance and trade documentation.

No taxes and duties apply to shipments up to US$ 30 unless there is more than 1 shipment on the same flight manifest to the same receiver and the total of all these shipments exceeds US$ 30 - in that case, taxes will apply.

Provide the receiver’s tax ID number (Rol Único Tributario, RUT) before arrival for entry submission. Certificates of Origin are needed for any special treatments. Non-compliant shipments or those with inaccurate information will be subject to delays, inspections and possible penalties/fines.

If shipment’s value exceeds US$ 1,000: formal entry required, including broker intervention and local insurance. Shipment will be transferred to a third party warehouse. If the receiver receives more than one shipment from the same sender on the same day and the value limits are exceeded: formal entry required.

Max. weight per shipment sent to duty free zones: 125kg.

All goods must be accompanied by original paperwork, including Waybill and Commercial Invoice. Waybills requirements: receiver’s complete legal name, company name (if applicable), complete phone number, complete address Invoice requirements: sender’s logo (if a company), date of issue, full sender & receiver’s information (name, address), company name or receiver name and commercial address, manufacturing country and brand, full description of products per item and/or Commodity Codes, contents, quantity, FOB (Free on Board) value, weight and model. Pro-forma invoices are not acceptable.

Certain items will require a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), a completed SAG (Agricultural and Livestock Service) Affidavit Form or permission from Chile’s National Health Service (Servicio Nacional de Salud, SNS) for release.

Prohibited items specific to Chile:

The list below is in addition to DHL’s standard list of prohibited items.

  • All items violating Chilean trademarks or copyright laws
  • Asbestos
  • Dangerous goods, hazardous or combustible materials
  • Firearms, or parts of
  • Imitations/pirated products
  • Soil samples

Restricted items specific to Chile:

Alcoholic beverages
Provide SAG (Chile Agricultureal and Livestock Service) Affidavit Form. Attach original Phytosanitary Certificate to Waybill. An additional charge must be paid to the corresponding control service before clearance. Certificated cost: US$ 15-70 + local fee.

Animal products including animal skins and plants & plant products including: coffee & coffee samples, cotton & cotton seed, grain samples, other seeds, tea
Provide SAG (Chile Agricultureal and Livestock Service) Affidavit Form. Attach original Phytosanitary Certificate to Waybill. Additional charges to corresponding control service must be paid before clearance. Certificated cost: US$ 15-70 + local fee.

Audio/video cassettes, computer software, diskettes, microfiche & microfilm and transparencies
Commercial Invoice must detail physical and intellectual value of goods.

Chemicals, non-hazardous
Provide MSDS (Material Data Safety Sheet) from origin.

Cologne & perfume, cosmetics, drugs: non-prescription, foodstuffs, medical samples
SNS (Chile National Health Service) requirement must be fulfilled. Additional charges must be paid to corresponding control service before clearance. Certification cost: US$ 54 + VAT + CERT Value (depending on product).

Credit cards (NI)
Can only be sent as documents of embossed/printed, consigned to the end user, not activated. Max 2 cards per shipment.

Credit card blanks (NI)
Provide MSDS (Material Data Safety Sheet) from origin.

Diplomatic mail
Shipments for diplomatic institutions must be sent from and to diplomatic institution. Must be sealed with a diplomatic sticker. Specify ‘DIPLOMATIC MAIL’ on Waybill.

Drugs: prescription
Receiver’s name on Waybill must match name on prescription. SNS (Chile National Health Service) requirement must be fulfilled. Additional charges must be paid to corresponding control service before clearance. Additional costs: US$ 1570 + VAT.

Films: 8/16/35mm, entertainment/promotional/training
State actual value of goods on invoice.

Printed materials
Can only be sent as documents if weighing less than 5 kg (11 lb.)

Personal effects
Customs inspection required. Receiver’s passport must be provided. Additional costs: US$50.00 + VAT + handling fee. If declared value exceeds US $1,500: broker must organise clearance.

Soil samples
Provide SAG (Chile Agricultureal and Livestock Service) Affidavit Form. Additional charges to the corresponding control service must be paid before clearance. Certificated cost: US$15-70 + local fee.

Original Phytosanitary Certiication not required.

Textile articles
Mutilated textile samples do not require Certificate of Origin. If valued under US$ 91 FOB (Free on Board): will be cleared as an informal import; otherwise formal import procedure will be required.

For x-ray machines please contact DHL Customs Services before shipping.