Market Reports/Tariffs
Textiles, Apparel, Footwear and Travel Goods


Import Tariffs
Market Information

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
HS Chapter/Subheading
Tariff Rate Range (%)
-other vegetable fiber
-man-made fiber
Woven Fabric
-other vegetable fiber
-man-made fiber
Knit Fabric
Non Woven Fabric
Industrial Fabric
Home Furnishings
including: bed, bath, kitchen linens, etc.


Travel Goods





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)

No specific information is available.

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 webpage on Common Export Documents.

For country-specific information on import procedures and documentation requirements, see the
Country Commercial Guides (CCG) on the website.

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Import Restrictions (Chile)
No information is currently available on any bans, quotas, or other restrictions.

Local standards organization and other resources:
Instituto Nacional de Normalización - INN

The National Center for Standards and Certification Information (NCSCI) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce provides information on U.S. and foreign standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures for non-agricultural products. NCSCI staff responds to requests for information by identifying relevant standards and regulations, and by referral to the appropriate standards-developers or private-sector organizations. Under copyright restrictions, NCSCI cannot provide copies of standards, but NCSCI does provide sources for accessing standards.

U.S. companies can register for the Notify U.S. service to learn about and comment on proposed changes to foreign standards, technical regulations, and conformity assessment procedures that may affect U.S. access to global markets.

Additional resources:

Examples of voluntary formaldehyde labeling programs

American Apparel and Footwear Association's Restricted Substances List

American National Standards Institute (ANSI)

ASTM International

International Organization for Standardization (ISO)

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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 Labeling

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:
  • Size
  • Country of origin (manufacturer)
  • Material s used in each of the following: upper, lining and outer sole
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.

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Market Information - Chile

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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