Guide to Sending Parcels to Chile

Chile can boast being the longest and narrowest country in the world - 4,300 km by 350 km. But more notable than that, it can claim the magical 1,000 km Atacama Desert to the majestic Patagonian peaks towering over Cape Horn.

Like Canada, Chile's population is small compared to its size, but its people keenly shop online - at a rate that outstrips the Latin American heavy weights.

Clearly, the future is saying, 'Si to Chile'.

Information for this page was taken from Chilean customs and the National Library of the Chilean Congress.

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Easy Tracking Information

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Full tracking information for parcels to Chile is available with Secureship
Tracking #:780123123123
Tel: 1-800-463-3339
Signed By: Pikwalia @ Residence
Dec 2, 2020
8:49 am
Los Lagos, LO, CL
Delivered
Dec 1, 2020
7:18 am
Coquimbo, CO, CL
In transit
Nov 30, 2020
9:03 pm
Atacama, AT, CL
International Clearance
Nov 30, 2020
8:14 am
Antofagasta, AN, CL
In transit
Nov 30, 2020
12:17 am
Toronto, ON, CA
In transit
Nov 29, 2020
4:30 pm
Ottawa, ON, CA
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Disclaimer!

While we have made every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, Customs laws and procedures change regularly so it is important to consult a licensed broker in Chile before shipping any goods.

Types of Shipments

Not all types of shipments are created equal. Shipping a television will require different paperwork, duties, and taxes than shipping an accounting statement, for example.
Shipping Documents Only Image to Chile

Documents Only

Documents may be shipped to Chile from Canada if they have no commercial value, i.e. they are not for sale.

Typical examples of documents include:

  • Airline tickets
  • Annual reports
  • Business cards
  • Cheques (both blank and cancelled)
  • Company newsletters and mail
  • Credit cards
  • Drawings
  • Driver's licences
  • Greeting cards and invitations
  • Manuscripts
  • Negotiable bonds and drafts
  • Pamphlets
  • Passports
  • Photographs
  • Proposals

The following may be sent as document shipments if they abide by the conditions listed.

Item Restriction
Envelopes Only if blank
Forms Only if blank
Magazines If value is $30 USD or less (about $40 CAD)
Microfilms and microfiches If value is $30 USD or less (about $40 CAD)
Stationery If blank
Technical manuals If value is $30 USD or less (about $40 CAD)
Traveller's cheques Only if used

Sources:
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_PT

Shipping Gifts to Chile

Shipping Gifts

A gift may be shipped to Chile from Canada without payment of customs duties and VAT if its value is $30 USD (about $40 CAD) or less.

To be eligible for the duty and tax exemptions:

  • The shipment must be of an occasional nature

Shipments from Individual-to-Individual

A gift may be shipped to an individual in Chile from an individual in Canada without payment of customs duties and VAT if its value is $30 USD (about $40 CAD) or less.

Shipments from Business-to-Business

There is no information available at this time regarding shipping a gift from a business in Canada to a business in Chile.

Shipments from Business-to-Individual

There is no information available at this time regarding shipping a gift from a business in Canada to an individual in Chile.


Gift Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • The words 'Gift Shipment' or 'Unsolicited Gift' are included on the commercial invoice, even if the shipment is sent at Christmas time (see sample)
  • List the items in the parcel and write the value of each
  • Sending more than one gift in the parcel? Wrap and tag each one individually.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Lucila Godoy Alcayaga
759 Calle Gabriela Mistral
Vicuña
Coquimbo
Chile

Phone: +56 51 266 2263
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal Shipment / Gift Shipment

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift Shipment: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $79.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $79.99
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge


Multiple Gifts in One Shipment

If your shipment has multiple gifts, be sure to wrap and tag each one separately.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Lucila Godoy Alcayaga
759 Calle Gabriela Mistral
Vicuña
Coquimbo
Chile

Phone: +56 51 266 2263
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Unsolicited Gift: Consolidated Gift Package

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift - Roger: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $39.99
1 Each Gift - Erica: Handwoven French Canadian Catalogne Blanket

CA $49.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $89.98
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Sources:
https://www.aduana.cl/tips-compradoronlineexperto/aduana/2018-12-13/171734.html


Shipping personal effects/belongings to Chile

Shipping Personal Effects

Personal effects may be shipped to Chile from Canada as a temporary import - they must be returned to Canada. They will be allowed entry duty and tax free.

Personal effects may enter Chile 120 days before, or up to 120 days after the recipient's, arrival.

A shipment may include:

  • A maximum of 2.5 L of alcoholic beverages
  • A maximum of 400 cigarettes, 500 g of pipe tobacco, and 50 cigars
  • Used and portable equipment for the execution of a trade or profession

NOTE:
If you are a tourist shipping personal effects, please click here to request permission from Chilean authorities for your import

Moving Temporarily

Students

There is no information at this time regarding students moving to Chile temporarily.

Non-Students

If you are entering Chile with a temporary residence visa for a period of 1 year or more, you may ship your personal effects and work tools under the following

conditions:

  • Household items up to a FOB value of $5,000 (about $7,000 CAD) exempt from duties and taxes
  • Work items up to a FOB value of $1,500 USD (about $2,100 CAD) exempt of VAT only (duties will be incurred)

Moving Permanently

If you are a Chilean national returning to Chile from Canada, your personal effects will be exempt from taxes up to an amount determined by the time spent abroad. If you have been in Canada from:

  • 6 months to a year, your limit is $500 USD (about $700 CAD) of household goods
  • 1 year to 5 years, your limit is $3,000 USD (about $4,200 CAD) of household goods and work supplies
  • More than 5 years, your limit is $5,000 USD (about $7,000 CAD) of household goods and work supplies

To benefit from tax exemptions, the goods must:

  • Be used items (not new)
  • Come from Canada
  • Have been acquired before leaving Canada
  • Not be of a commercial quantity

Personal Effects Checklist
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided including its value in USD
  • For those moving temporarily and permanently, a travel certificate issued by the Chilean Investigative Police

Sources:
https://www.aduana.cl/preguntas-frecuentes-viajero-y-turista/aduana/2011-06-21/152845.html#vtxt_cuerpo_T0
https://www.aduana.cl/retorno-de-chilenos-y-residentes-extranjeros/aduana/2018-12-28/175256.html
https://www.aduana.cl/solicitud-de-declaracion-de-admision-o-salida-temporal-de-efectos/aduana/2018-12-16/132320.html

Sample Commercial Invoice for Personal Effects

Ship To Invoice
Lucila Godoy Alcayaga
759 Calle Gabriela Mistral
Vicuña
Coquimbo
Chile

Phone: +56 51 266 2263
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal effects being delivered to my new address.

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
5 Pairs Personal Effects: 5 pairs of various types of shoes

IN $40.00
1 Each Personal Effects: Arc'terix Winter Jacket

CA $478.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Personal Effects
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $678.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Food, Chocolate, Candies to Chile

Food, Chocolate, Candies

Shipments of foodstuffs to Chile may be inspected by customs authorities for compliance with health and safety regulations.

You May Ship

  • Chocolate
  • Dulce de leche
  • Infant formula and milk substitutes
  • Coffee and tea
  • Nuts
  • Pickled products
  • Preserved fruits and vegetables

Do Not Ship

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Meat and meat by-products
  • Dairy and dairy products
Food, Chocolate, Candies Checklist
  • Clearly indicate 'Food' on the commercial invoice in the General Description or Remarks section (see sample)
  • Ensure that your food, chocolate, or candies may be imported into the country
  • You are not shipping commercial quantities (for any duty & tax exemption)
  • Check with your carrier that they will accept food shipments

Sources:
https://www.aduana.cl/productos-que-requieren-certificado-o-visto-bueno/aduana/2018-12-13/161927.html
https://www.sag.gob.cl/ambitos-de-accion/productos-de-origen-vegetal
https://www.sag.gob.cl/ambitos-de-accion/productos-de-origen-animal

Sample Commercial Invoice for Food, Chocolate, Candies

Ship To Invoice
Lucila Godoy Alcayaga
759 Calle Gabriela Mistral
Vicuña
Coquimbo
Chile

Phone: +56 51 266 2263
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Food Shipment - Assorted chocolate bars in their original manufacturer's packaging

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Nestle Chocolate Bars in original packaging expiring May 2021 (shelf life of 6 months or longer)

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent / Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Promotional Material to Chile

Samples

Samples are sent to solicit orders from customers or to demonstrate products. Samples are expected to have no commercial value, i.e. cannot be exchanged for money.

Samples shipped to Chile from Canada will be exempt from customs duties but will incur VAT.


Where can I classify some samples that I will bring to the country, without commercial character, for a demonstration?

  • Non-commercial samples are classified in subheadings 0019.0100 and 0019.8900 of the national Customs Tariff, according to whether or not they are intended for official International Fairs.
  • Subheading 0019.0100 only includes the material necessary for demonstrations of the operation of the machines and equipment that are exhibited during the course of the International Fairs that take place in the country, such as advertising of the exhibited merchandise, up to a value equivalent to US $ 200 FOB per exhibitor.

Commercial Sample Checklist
  • A Commercial Invoice must be included with your shipment
  • Clearly indicate 'Commercial Samples' on the commercial invoice in the General Description & Detailed Description of Goods (see sample)
  • The item shipped has tearing, perforation, slashing, defacing, or has permanent marking clearing indicating the item as commercial sample
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment

Sources:
https://www.aduana.cl/preguntas-frecuentes/aduana/2011-06-21/152845.html#vtxt_cuerpo_T16
https://www.aduana.cl/aduana/site/artic/20070216/pags/20070216180251.html

Sample Commercial Invoice for Commercial Sample

Ship To Invoice
Lucila Godoy Alcayaga
759 Calle Gabriela Mistral
Vicuña
Coquimbo
Chile

Phone: +56 51 266 2263
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Commercial Sample - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Commercial Sample - Advanced reading copy of Dan Brown's novel.

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Commercial Sample
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Sending Promotional material to Chile

Advertising Material

Advertising material may be shipped from Canada to Chile exempt from customs duties but will incur VAT. Duty-free exemption is eligible up to an FOB value of $200 USD (about $280 CAD).

Advertising material is expected to be distributed freely to the public at international fairs and trade shows. Typical examples of advertising include:

  • Brochures
  • Catalogues
  • Leaflets
Advertising Material Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'Promotional Material - Not for Resale' (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided

Sources:
https://www.aduana.cl/preguntas-frecuentes-tratamientos-arancelarios-especiales/aduana/2012-04-05/153931.html#vtxt_cuerpo_T7

Sample Commercial Invoice for Promotional Material

Ship To Invoice
Lucila Godoy Alcayaga
759 Calle Gabriela Mistral
Vicuña
Coquimbo
Chile

Phone: +56 51 266 2263
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Promotional Material - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Promotional Material: Not for Resale. Product pamphlets to hand out at trade show.

CA $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Promotional Material
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Have your goods warranty repaired in Chile

Repairs

Machinery and equipment for repair may be shipped to Chile from Canada as a temporary import. Goods may stay in Chile for 2 years, with an allowable 1 year extension.

Items Under Warranty

As Chile and Canada are participants in a free-trade agreement (CCFTA), repairs under warranty returning to Canada from Chile are duty-free and will not be charged GST.

Items No Longer Under Warranty

If a piece of equipment no longer under warranty was sent to Chile for repair, GST will be charged on the value of the repair and any new parts needed to do the repair.

Sending Product for Repair to Chile

Machinery and equipment can be shipped to Chile from Canada exempt from duty and taxes.

Returning Repaired Product to Chile

Machinery and equipment repaired in Canada will incur import duties and taxes on the parts and materials used for the repair.

Chilean authorities require that the repaired equipment be returned within 1 year of leaving Chile, though this may be extended by 1 year with authorization from Customs.


Repair Checklist
  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate 'REPAIR & RETURN' under the General Description or Remarks, and include the estimated time of return (see sample)
  • Include repair contract with shipment
  • Serial or product number and the cost of repairs should be indicated under the Detailed Description of Goods section
  • Include the original shipping documents or tracking number from when the item was first exported to Chile or exported to Canada (depending on which case applies)
  • A commercial invoice must be included with your shipment

Sources:
https://www.leychile.cl/Navegar?idNorma=1116575
https://www.aduana.cl/aduana/site/artic/20070216/pags/20070216180251.html#vtxt_cuerpo_T15
https://www.aduana.cl/solicitud-de-autorizacion-de-salida-temporal-para-perfeccionamiento/aduana/2019-08-20/151230.html
https://www.aduana.cl/aduana/site/artic/20070216/pags/20070216180251.html

Sample Commercial Invoice for Warranty Repair

Ship To Invoice
Lucila Godoy Alcayaga
759 Calle Gabriela Mistral
Vicuña
Coquimbo
Chile

Phone: +56 51 266 2263
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Repair and Return - Watch being sent for repair

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Fossil Watch being sent for repair - Model E5, serial # 789456FG7E2 - Repair Cost $76.00

US $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Warranty Repair
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Temporary Imports / Exports for shipments to Chile

Temporary Imports

Temporary imports may be shipped to Chile from Canada exempt from duties and taxes.

The following goods may stay in Chile up to 180 days:

  • Items intended for use or display at trade shows and exhibitions
  • Films and video recordings
  • Equipment and materials for theatrical and musical presentations

Qualifying for Duty & Tax Free Temporary Import

In order to import your goods duty and tax free into Chile, you can pick from 1 of the 2 Temporary Import Methods listed below.

Each option has its pros and cons. Regardless, each of the following methods requires you to complete a commercial invoice. More details are shown in the table.

Option # Temporary Import Method Risk of paying
1 Commercial Invoice Only (no other documentation is provided) High - if broker cannot clear goods temporarily
2 Commercial Invoice
+
ATA Carnet
Very Low


1. Complete a Commercial Invoice (CI) only


This is the simplest and quickest option. See example.

NOTE: You should be aware that shipping using this method doesn't guarantee that your items will be imported duty/tax free. Not all brokers will clear goods as temporary imports (i.e. UPS, FedEx, DHL) nor is it a guarantee that customs won't charge any duties and taxes.



2. Commercial Invoice (CI) + an ATA Carnet

Completing an ATA Carnet is great option for items that frequently travel in and out of the country. It's also great because once you have an ATA Carnet, it is accepted by 176 countries worldwide making the application process a one-time thing.

In addition to declaring your commercial invoice as a temporary import, you can get an ATA Carnet for the items that are of temporary nature.

ATA Carnets are beyond the scope of the article however, you can find more information here: http://www.chamber.ca/carnet/

NOTE: It is highly recommended to get an ATA Carnet for items that frequently travel in and out of the country and especially so when it is valued over $2,500 USD


In addition to choosing option 1 or 2, the following conditions must also be met in order to qualify for a duty and VAT free exemption:

  • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, i.e. they undergo no repairs nor are they used in manufacturing

NOTE:

  • If the above conditions are not followed, duties and taxes will be charged as though the goods have been imported permanently.
  • Your Customs broker can clear goods of a temporary nature (FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc. typically cannot clear goods of temporary nature)


Temporary Imports Checklist
  • Commercial Invoice clearly stating 'Temporary Import'. This must be written in the General Description section and the Detailed Description of Goods. (see sample)
  • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, i.e. they undergo no repairs nor are they used in manufacturing
  • Stay no longer than the period listed above
  • Include your ATA Carnet with your shipment (if applicable)
  • Include the expected return date or the date that it was originally received within the country (whichever applies)
  • Any above listed items not listed in this checklist

Sources:
https://www.aduana.cl/aduana/site/artic/20070216/pags/20070216135454.html#vtxt_cuerpo_T16
https://www.elanbiz.org/documents/20182/64327/Importing+into+Chile+from+the+EU/5d180ca5-abc8-42a4-8f6d-75fa98337d15?version=1.2

 

Sample Commercial Invoice for Temporary Imports

Ship To Invoice
Lucila Godoy Alcayaga
759 Calle Gabriela Mistral
Vicuña
Coquimbo
Chile

Phone: +56 51 266 2263
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment returning Jan 2020

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 box Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment

CA $1032.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Temporary Imports
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1032.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge



Permanent Goods / Sold To an individual or business within Chile

permanent/sold goods

Shipments to Chile from Canada that contain sold goods will incur duties and VAT. This includes items Chileans purchase online.

Occasional Shipper

If you ship sold goods occasionally to Chile from Canada, for example via eBay, be aware that customs will be checking that they are not counterfeit, prohibited, or dangerous items.

If the shipment is valued greater than $1,000 USD (about $1,400 CAD), the recipient will have to collect it in person from the courier.

Regular Shipper

Shipments valued greater than $3,500 USD (about $4,900 CAD) will require a licence from the Central Bank of Chile.

If you are a regular shipper of goods to Chile, we recommend the use of a Chilean customs agent.

Sources:
https://www.aduana.cl/empresas-que-traen-tus-compras-al-pais/aduana/2018-12-13/011348.html
https://santandertrade.com/en/portal/international-shipments/chile/customs-procedures

Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/Sold Goods

Ship To Invoice
Lucila Godoy Alcayaga
759 Calle Gabriela Mistral
Vicuña
Coquimbo
Chile

Phone: +56 51 266 2263
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Permanent/Sold: Parts and accessories for Canon B78n camera

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 29 Nov 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
15 Each Camera Lenses: Canon EF 50mm, Canon EF 85mm & wide-angle lenses.

CA $132.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent/Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1980.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Required Documents


Shipping packages internationally requires a lot of documentation. This process alone can be confusing and time consuming. So we’ve narrowed down what documents you might need and ranked them based on likeliness of being needed.

Document Type When? Details
Shipping Label / Bill of Lading Always required This is a label provided by the carrier (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.). Always required because the carrier needs to know the parcel’s destination.
Commercial Invoice Required for all non-document shipments
For all non-document shipments, you will require 3 copies of the commercial invoice (to be included with your shipping labels - These are for customs purposes and need to be included inside a document pouch outside of the box.

When creating a shipment through the Secureship website, the system will help you create this document automatically.

B13a Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good
A B13a is required if your shipment exceeds $2000 CAD or is a controlled good

Learn more about the B13a form here.
Certificate of Origin (COO) Infrequently required

Allows a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Canada has a preferential trade agreement with Chile. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.

When an item with a COO is imported into Chile, it will incur a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Certificate of Insurance (COI) Infrequently required

Shows that the shipment has been insured.
Banks may request a certificate of insurance when providing letters of credit for the goods. Otherwise, it is generally your choice whether to purchase insurance for the shipment.
ATA Carnet Infrequently required

Used to avoid duties and taxes on shipments of temporary nature.
If you ship goods of temporary nature to and from a country, you can obtain an ATA Carnet to expedite the customs clearance process and ensure that anything of temporary nature is not charged duties and taxes.

See temporary import section
Packaging List Infrequently required Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good.
Packing list Infrequently required

No specific form is required, but generally includes information regarding:

  • The exporter, importer and transport company
  • Date of issue
  • Number of freight invoice
  • Type and number of packages
  • Contents of each package
  • Marks and numbers
  • Net weight, gross weight and measurements of each package

Prohibited & Restricted Imports


Items that are prohibited may not enter Chile, while those deemed restricted may enter but MUST abide by quantity limits or other rules.

Prohibited Items

  • Counterfeit products
  • Toxic chemicals or substances
  • Fireworks
  • Pornography
  • Goods dangerous to animals or human health
  • Asbestos
  • Illegal drugs

Restricted Goods

  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Pesticides and fertilizers
  • Foodstuffs, including vinegars
  • Psychotropic substances and narcotic drugs
  • Animals and plants protected by the CITES Convention
  • Pharmaceutical drugs
  • Any material destined for teachers of martial arts

Sources:
https://www.aduana.cl/compras-por-internet/aduana/2018-12-12/133921.html
https://www.aduana.cl/aduana/site/artic/20070228/pags/20070228161116.html#vtxt_cuerpo_T2
https://www.aduana.cl/productos-que-requieren-certificado-o-visto-bueno/aduana/2018-12-13/161927.html

Duty & Taxes

Chilean Customs calculates import duties and taxes using the CIF method, i.e. the sum of the customs value plus insurance plus freight costs.

CIF Value = Customs Value + Insurance Amount + Freight Costs

Knowing the CIF value of a shipment will allow you to calculate the duty and tax owing by the recipient.

Thresholds

The threshold for duties and taxes on a shipment is $30 USD (about $40 CAD) or less . This is known as the de minimis value, so shipments below $30 USD are exempt from the payment of duties and taxes.

Currency Chilean Peso - CLP
Duty Exemption
(De minimis Value)
$30 USD (about $40 CAD)
Duty Calculation Method CIF
TAX (IVA, i.e. VAT) 19%
Tax Exemption
(De minimis Value)
$30 USD (about $40 CAD)
Tax Calculation Method CIF

Duties on Imports

A free trade agreement exists between Chile and Canada - Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement - CCFTA. Therefore, reduced or zero duty rates may apply on goods shipped to Chile.

  • Candy0%
  • Chocolate0%
  • Spirits and Wines0%
  • Tobacco0%
  • Books0%
  • Documents0%
  • Video Games & Consoles0%
  • Computers & Laptops0%
  • Tablets0%
  • Mobiles0%
  • Cameras0%
  • Accessories for Electronics0%
  • Coats0%
  • Beauty Products & Cosmetics0%
  • Jewellery0%
  • Shirts & Pants0%
  • Home Appliances0%
  • Toys0%
  • Sports Equipment0%

*Certain goods will incur excise taxes. They include:

  • Cigars, cigarettes, and tobacco
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Mineral waters
  • Sugary beverages

Rates and other details may be found here.


**Chilean customs imposes an additional 15% tax on luxury items such as:

  • Jewellery, gemstones
  • Goods of ivory, gold, and platinum
  • Fine rugs and fine leather
  • Caviar
  • Weapons and projectiles fired with compressed gas
  • Fireworks and firecrackers (rate of 50%)

Rates and details may be found here.

Sources:
https://www.aduana.cl/productos-que-requieren-certificado-o-visto-bueno/aduana/2018-12-13/161927.html
https://www.aduana.cl/aduana/site/artic/20070228/pags/20070228161817.html
https://www.tariffinder.ca/en/getStarted
https://www.aduana.cl/aduana/site/artic/20070228/pags/20070228161116.html#vtxt_cuerpo_T7
https://www.aduana.cl/aduana/site/artic/20070228/pags/20070228161116.html#vtxt_cuerpo_T0
https://www.aduana.cl/aduana/site/artic/20181212/pags/20181212233227.html
https://uk.practicallaw.thomsonreuters.com/Document/I5588ce0aebeb11e8a5b3e3d9e23d7429/View/FullText.html?navigationPath=Search%2Fv1%2Fresults%2Fnavigation%2Fi0ad73aa500000172139f1a867e7c7b81%3FNav%3DKNOWHOW_UK%26fragmentIdentifier%3DI5588ce0aebeb11e8a5b3e3d9e23d7429%26parentRank%3D0%26startIndex%3D1%26contextData%3D%2528sc.Search%2529%26transitionType%3DSearchItem&listSource=Search&listPageSource=f9e76cde8217025832bfb6b254d2b2f8&list=KNOWHOW_UK&rank=14&sessionScopeId=f398a17d0717e22ca0c41177b8298253c2d1195031d6151cb488adbf0ec1fb97&originationContext=Search+Result&transitionType=SearchItem&contextData=%28sc.Search%29&navId=C82A0F52B0489C0DFCD10FC6F3113463&comp=pluk

Chile Shipping Insurance


You can purchase insurance through Secureship and it is provided by the carrier that will be transporting your shipment.

Each carrier will charge a different amount per $100 of declared insurance. If you indicate that you need insurance for your shipment our system will automatically include the insurance costs for your shipment.

Insurance is great to have in case your package is accidentally lost or damaged by the carrier. But be careful, not everything you ship is insurable. Worse - even if your package contains items that are insurable, if it doesn’t meet the ISTA 3A packaging standard, the insurance purchased through the carrier would not be available to you.

Here are some items that cannot be insured by the carrier:

  • Personal belongings
  • Antiques
  • Artwork
  • Liquids (including alcohol)
  • Television
  • Jewelry in excess of $500
  • Perishable goods
  • Glass or Ceramic
  • And many more items

For more information, please see the carrier's terms and conditions.

Questions about Shipping to Chile



Can I ship to Chile?

Shipping to Chile from Canada can take between 3-5 business days through the fastest carriers available on the Secureship platform. More economical services, such as Canada Post, can take up to 1-2 months to complete the delivery.

Find out how fast the Secureship trusted carriers can get your shipment delivered to Chile by getting a quote now.


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