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.
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Import Documentation/Procedures (Chile)
|Used clothing imported into Chile must be fumigated and have a certificate of sanitation. |
As of February 2012, Chile instituted a "temporary" emergency measure - Resolution 1101-Establece medidas fitosanitarias provisorias de emergencia para el control de Halyomorpha halys [Orden Hemiptera, fam. Pentatomidae] (Establishes emergency provisional phytosanitary measures for the control of Halyomorpha halys [order: Hemiptera, family: Pentatomidae]) in order to control the brown marmorated stink bugs that may be found in shipments of used clothing, automobiles, and other products.
Regulation 1101 requires that the fumigation process incorporate methyl bromide or phosphine only, and that the certificate of sanitationbe submitted 24 hours before the ship arrives at port. For more information see Resolution 1101 attached below or contact the Servicio Agrícola y Ganadero - SAG (Agriculture and Livestock Service) at Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information on local customs rules and regulations:
Servicio de Impuestos Internos
Internal Tax Service
Servicio Nacional de Aduanas
National Customs Service
|For information on common export documents, such as transportation documents, export compliance documents, certificates of origin, certificates for shipments of specific goods, temporary shipment documents, and other export-related documents, see the Export.gov webpage on Common Export Documents. |
For more information on import procedures and documentation requirements, see the Country Commercial Guides (CCG) in the U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library (enter your country of interest in the "country" field, and enter "Country Commercial Guide (CCG)" in the "Report Type" field. Some market research reports are available only to U.S. companies and U.S. students/researchers that are registered with Export.gov.
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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
Imported products consumed by the public must display the country of origin on them before being sold in Chile. Packaged goods must be marked to show the quality, purity, ingredients, or mixtures, and the net weight or measure of the contents. All sizes and weights of the net contents also must be converted to the metric system. Goods not complying with these measurements may be imported, but not sold to consumers until conversion is made.
The label must be in Spanish, however it does not have to be the only language present.
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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Intellectual Property Rights - Chile
The Instituto Nacional de Propiedad Industrial - INAPI (National Industrial Property Institute), of the Ministry of the Economy, is the government body responsible for registering and promoting industrial property rights (i.e., trademarks, patents, utility models, industrial designs, integrated circuits and geographical indications). The Departamento de Derechos Intelectuales - DDI (Intellectual Property Rights Department) in the Directorate of Libraries, Archives and Museums, is responsible for the Intellectual Property Register (i.e., copyright and related rights).
The U.S.-Chile FTA has stimulated further improvements in intellectual property protection. It established procedures in Chile to prevent or cancel the registration of marks that are similar or identical to a well-known trademark used internationally. The FTA seeks to have Chile strengthen its legal framework to provide copyrights and trademarks better protection. For example, the agreement increases the period of protection for copyrights and related rights to 70 years. The FTA also criminalizes end user piracy and mandates both statutory and actual damages for IPR violations. The U.S.-Chile FTA seeks to strengthen significantly protection for valid patents and their accompanying clinical test data. For example, the FTA provides for the extension of the protection period for patents when there are unjustified delays in the patenting process.
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Market Information - Chile
Government Procurement-- See Global Procurement Opportunities for U.S. exporters.
The website, ChileCompra serves as a central source for all Chilean government procurement, including the armed forces. Foreign and local bidders on government tenders must register with the Chilean “Dirección de Aprovisionamiento del Estado” (Bureau of Government Procurement Supplies).
The U.S.-Chile FTA calls for open tendering in public procurement. Tenders must be written in Spanish and winning bids are published, including the name of the supplier and the value of the contract. The FTA provisions cover all non-construction procurements. The agreement also calls for non-discriminatory “national treatment” for either country’s suppliers. Tender opportunities should be published at least thirty days in advance and technical specifications or requirements should be performance-based. The agreement further establishes an impartial authority to review any challenges filed against specific procurement awards.
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