Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
Last updated on 08/22/2011
If you have any questions about the following information, please contact Robert Carrigg at the U.S. Department of Commerce- Office of Textiles and Apparel at 202-482-3400 or click here for e-mail access.
**The following information is provided only as a guide and should be confirmed with the proper authorities before embarking on any export activities.**
Import Tariffs - Chile
|The U.S. and Chile entered into the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement (FTA), effective January 1, 2004. Under the free trade agreement, U.S. exports to Chile enter duty-free if they meet the rule of origin for a given product as established in the Agreement. For more information, see the U.S.-Chile Free Trade Agreement in the FTA section.|
For 'non originating' goods, the Chilean tariff rate is 6 percent of the c.i.f. (cost, insurance, and freight) value. See the table below for Chilean tariffs (percent ad valorem) on textile and apparel products that do not meet the U.S.-Chile FTA Rules of Origin.
Chile: Tariffs (percent ad valorem) for Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods
Tariff Rate Range (%)
|-other vegetable fiber|
|-other vegetable fiber|
|Non Woven Fabric|
|Home Furnishings |
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.
For more details on Chile's tariffs, see the Chilean National Customs Service website; click on “Arancel Aduanero Vigente” near the top of the page. See also the Current Situation of Schedules of WTO Members.
To obtain information about tariffs on individual U.S.-origin products exported to FTA member countries, you may use the FTA Tariff Tool.
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. Under the FTA, Chile eliminated the 50% duty surcharge applied to used- goods originating from the United States.
Taxes and Other Import Fees--Chile levies a VAT (value added tax) of 19 percent, on practically all goods. The VAT is calculated on the c.i.f. value plus the import duty. Luxury taxes add an additional 15 percent to certain rugs and fine tapestries. In such cases, the VAT is calculated/compounded on the basis of the import duty, plus c.i.f. value, plus surcharge.
Samples/Temporary Entry--Chile is a member of the ATA Carnet Convention, which allows goods such as commercial samples and goods for international fairs and exhibitions to be entered temporarily without paying duties or posting bonds. No duty or VAT is payable on carnet shipments.
Under the terms of the U.S.-Chile FTA, Chile will permit duty-free temporary admission of professional equipment necessary for carrying out the business activity of a businessperson who qualifies for temporary entry under Chilean law. Temporary duty-free admission of goods intended for display or demonstration and commercial samples is allowed.
ATA Carnet--An ATA Carnet or "Merchandise Passport" is a document that facilitates the temporary importation of products into foreign countries by eliminating tariffs and other import taxes or charges normally required at the time of importation. For more information or to apply for an ATA Carnet, see the United States Council for International Business website.
|If your product is primarily made in the U.S. of U.S. originating components it may qualify for duty-free entry into countries with which the U.S. has a free trade agreement (FTA). The U.S. currently has FTAs with the following countries: Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Israel, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, Nicaragua, Oman, Panama, Peru, Singapore and South Korea. See the FTA Tariff Tool, to determine the duty-free status or reduced duties that apply to products eligible under these free trade agreements.|
Additional resources for tariff information:
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Import Documentation/Procedures (Chile)
Import Restrictions (Chile)
|No information is currently available on any bans, quotas, or other restrictions.|
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|U.S. Export Restrictions:|
The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in the U.S. Department of the Treasury administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions against targeted foreign countries, terrorists, and international narcotics traffickers and their agents in accordance with U.S. foreign policy and national security goals. The OFAC website includes summaries of sanctions programs for various countries and the “Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons” (SDNs) list of entities and individuals with whom U.S. persons may not conduct business and whose property must be blocked if under the control of a U.S. person.
The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) in the U.S. Department of Commerce is responsible for implementing and enforcing the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), which regulate the export and re-export of most commercial items. BIS maintains the Denied Persons List, which consists of individuals, and companies that have been denied export and re-export privileges by BIS, and the Entity List, which consists of foreign end users who pose an unacceptable risk of diverting U.S. exports and the technology they contain to alternate destinations for the development of weapons of mass destruction
Standards - Chile
Chile’s Instituto Nacional de Normalización - INN or National Standards Institute is the institution that oversees, fosters and develops the use of technical regulations. In most sectors, standards are not mandatory in Chile, but companies can voluntarily comply with them, especially in industries where such compliance constitutes a kind of “seal of approval.” However, certain imported products, such as those related to industrial safety, building and construction materials, and the gas and electricity industries, must comply with the specific requirements of the supervising entity.
Technical regulations are published in Chile’s national gazette, the Diario Oficial. Regulations currently under discussion, a schedule of upcoming standards development committee meetings and a forum for public comment are available on the INN web page.
The U.S.-Chile FTA addresses technical barriers to trade and calls on the two parties to intensify their joint work in the field of standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures with a view to facilitating access to each other’s markets. The countries agreed to identify bilateral initiatives that are appropriate for particular issues or sectors. Such initiatives may include cooperation on regulatory issues, such as convergence or equivalence of technical regulations and standards, alignment with international standards, reliance on a supplier’s declaration of conformity, and use of accreditation to qualify conformity assessment bodies, as well as cooperation through mutual recognition.
Local standards organization and other resources:
Instituto Nacional de Normalización - INN
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Labeling - Chile
Consumer products sold in Chile must have labels in Spanish, and all size indications must be in metric. Consumer products must also be labeled to indicate the country of origin. There are specific requirements for textile, apparel and footwear products.
Footwear imported into Chile, must be labeled before entering Chile. The label must be in Spanish and be a permanent, printed or embroidered label. Should an importer fail to comply with the labeling requirements or other regulations, the footwear will not be able to enter the country. The label must include the following information:
The label information must be at least in the right shoe. The importer must also be identified, which can be done with a nonpermanent sticker.
There are also specific labeling requirements for textile and apparel products. For more detailed labeling information see the Requerimientos de Mercado website. See Decree 26 for textile and apparel labeling and Decree 17 for footwear labeling.
- Country of origin (manufacturer)
- Material s used in each of the following: upper, lining and outer sole
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Market Information - Chile
No specific information is available.
|U.S. companies may contact the U.S. Commercial Service for information and personalized counseling at every step of the exporting process. Find a U.S. Export Assistance Centers near you. |
For information on protecting trademarks, designs, patents and copyrights, see the STOPFAKES.GOV website. STOPFAKES.GOV is dedicated to helping U.S. companies protect their innovations and safely market their products at home and overseas. Find guidance and resources on how to register your company's intellectual property and protect it from counterfeiting and piracy. Also find IPR toolkits for select countries, as well as other country-specific information.
For information on selling to foreign governments, see the Global Procurement Opportunities website.
Other sources for market information and data:
OTEXA Export Market Report (U.S. export data for textiles, apparel, footwear and travel goods)
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agricultural Service
U.S. Department of State - U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions
U.S. Office of the Trade Representative
Local Industry and Trade Associations
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