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Moving to Chile


Capital: Santiago
Population: 17,819,054 (2014)
Area: 291,930 sq. mi
Top 5 Largest Cities: 1. Santiago Metropolis 2. Greater Concepcion 3. Greater Valparaiso 4. Greater La Serena 5. Antofagasta
Lanuage: Spanish
Climate: Dry, Mediterranean, humid subtropical and oceanic.
Motto: “Por la razon o la fuerza” / “Through Reason Or By Force”

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Required Documents for Import

To assist clearing your household goods, documentation is very important. Please take a look at some of the documents that may be asked of you below.

Certificate of Origin – Gives verification of which country your household goods are manufactured in.

Import Declaration (DSI) – A document stating the household goods (HHGS) being shipped.

Import Requirements and Documentation

Customs will need to identify you are your HHGS through necessary documents obtained. Below, you will find some of the documents needed to help clear Customs.

  • A copy of your Passport
  • Your Bill of Lading
  • Your Packing List
  • Your Valued Inventory List in English or Spanish
  • A Notarized power of attorney allowing the Destination Agent to act as you for clearance
  • Your Employment confirmation

Additional detailed document requirements

  • Your Resident Visa that’s valid for no less than a year for residences.
  • An Exemption Form from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs if you are a Diplomat.
  • A Travel Certificate displaying your travel dates in and out of Chile for returning citizens.
  • A Liberation Form issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affair for Diplomats.
  • The value of your goods determined by Customs will have depreciation considered and also priced in comparison of articles that are similar from the origin.
  • If your shipment contains any wood packing materials or wood items, they must follow the ISPM 15 standards. If there was never any wood treatment perform on wood items, the Agriculture Office can order a full fumigation.
  • Every shipment is subjected to be inspected physically by Customs and the Agriculture Office (SAG).
  • If you are a Diplomat or an International Official, you are exempt from any importation taxes or duties towards your HHGS.

The Examination of Household Goods and Entry Documents

Once your household goods have arrived in Chile along with your documents, both are subjected to examination by Customs. A CBP officer will examine your household goods to determine the value, correct markings, proper invoicing, existence of prohibited items, damages, deterioration and illegal narcotics. It’s important to assure all items are properly described and accounted for to avoid any delays or seizure of items. Once your items are approved for release, they are safeguarded by the proper officers.

Duty and Taxes

Once your items has arrived to Chile, you must be present to clear Customs and pay duties and taxes. Your household goods will be charge a 6% duty based on the cost, insurance and freight (CIF) value. In addition, there will be a 50% surcharge on any used goods. Your Value-added Tax will be 7% of your CIF plus your duties. All new furniture will require purchase receipts and will be subject to 44% duty of the CIF. If your items meet the Free Trade Agreement guidelines, you may be exempted from paying 6% duty. If your Visa is still processing, you can clear under-bonded storage at your personal residence and importation of your goods must be done within 90 days.

Duty-free Items

  • 400 cigarettes
  • 500 grams of tobacco
  • 50 cigars
  • $500.00 USD of items purchased at the duty-free
  • Up to $5,000 USD of your freight on board (FOB) if a foreigner with a temporary Residence Visa or Visa allowing employment for at least 1 year.

Up to a value of $300.00 USD of gifts

Labeling and Marking Requirements

The correct labeling and markings are very important for Customs. Each mark and label should be in the English language. Please take a look below to discover the marking and labeling requirements.

  • The name and address of the importer
  • The country of Origin
  • Clearly numbered in reflection of the inventory list
  • The quantity

Prohibited Items

There are many items that are prohibited by the Chilean Customs agents. Please take a look below at some of the prohibited items.

  • Drugs
  • Cash Letters
  • Asbestos
  • Obscene articles, publications, videos and/or software’s
  • Electronic Cigarettes
  • Narcotics
  • Motorcycles

Restricted Items

You want to be sure that your HHGS can be imported without any clearance issues. Below, you will find a number of items with restrictions.

  • Non-perishable, canned and sealed food must be in the amount for personal use.
  • Drugs will require a prescription and a certificate from the Chilean Department of Health (Certificado Del Servicio nacional de Salud).
  • Firearms and ammunition must have a Weapons Control Bureau accompanying your shipment.
  • Caviar, synthetic furs, pears, semi-precious, precious or synthetic stones can only be important for personal use.
  • You must send unaccompanied baggage as part of your shipment.
  • Sports firearms for hunting is allowed to be imported with a special permit.

Receiving your Household Goods

The liability for duties are paid once Customs has cleared your shipment for release. There are no options of prepaid duties or taxes prior to exportation from a foreign country. Once your shipment is filed with CBP, the party and only the party listed as the receiver can pick up the shipment. If household goods are warehoused, the party of liability can be changed to another party, most whom purchased the goods. The Customs broker cannot pay duties, but can accept a check written out to the Customs and Border Protection to forward. Once items are received, all articles are deemed owned by the receiver and no longer in ownership of the CBP.

For more information regarding moving to Chile, please visit the websites below.
National Customs Service

Plaza Sotomayor 60, Valparaíso
P.O Box 1720
Legal Representative: Mr. Gonzalo Pereira Puchy
(56) (32) 2134 505

All information featured above is for viewing purposes only. To obtain up-to-date information about overseas shipment, please notify your nearest Consulate.