Chilean Customs Regulations

What is it you must know when you move to or leave Chile about customs regulation?

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Chilean customs Regulations

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Chilean citizens coming back to Chile from abroad  
Foreign citizens arriving with a temporary residence visa  
Officials and international organization and diplomats  
Cars imports  

Chileans Citizens coming back to Chile from Abroad

Note: They won't have to pay duties or taxes in the following items:

1. Household goods that have been out of the country between 6 month and one year, with a FOB value up to USD 500.
2. Household goods and work tools belonging to Chileans citizens, which have been out of the country between 1 year and five years, with a FOB value up to USD 3000.
3. Household goods and work tools belonging to Chileans citizens, which have been out of the country for more than five years with a FOB value up to USD 5000.

The additional information for this customs regulation is applicable to the following goods:

• Used household goods and personal effects
• Coming from the country of residence
• Acquired prior to arrival to Chile
• Not for commercial use
• Meant for family use, that includes spouse and children.
• These goods should be brought into Chile at the same time as their owner, or 120 days prior/ after this arrival.
• One same person cannot use this benefit again, for 3 years.


International Moves
Chilean customs Regulations

Please visit the following web site on English version regarding your shipment
www.aduana.cl 

Chilean citizens coming back to Chile from abroad  
Foreign citizens arriving with a temporary residence visa  
Officials and international organization and diplomats  
Cars imports  

Foreign citizens arriving with a Temporary Residence Visa

Note: They won't have to pay duties or taxes in the following items:

• USD 5.000 maximum for household goods
• For working tools they will pay customs fax of 6% over customs value, excluding VAT.

The FOB value for these household goods purposes is the price in the country of Origen less the amount of time for years of use. The benefit is applicable to the following:

• Used household goods and personal effects
• Coming from the country of origin or residence
• Acquired before entering Chile
• Items not for commercial use
• Items meant for family use, including wife and children
• All the items must be brought together with the owner or 120 days before the owner arrival or after the arrival.
• The benefit can not be used by the same person for at least 3 years.

Note: any other condition for the benefit mentioned before or items associated with a difference clause will be charge and have to pay 6%tax plus 19%VAT

Required Documents:

• Packing list or inventory in English or Spanish
• Original Passport with the Visa stamped ( visa must be for at least one year)
• Original B/L or AWB (Air Way Bill)

International Moves
Chilean customs Regulations

Please visit the following web site on English version regarding your shipment
www.aduana.cl 

Chilean citizens coming back to Chile from abroad  
Foreign citizens arriving with a temporary residence visa  
Officials and international organization and diplomats  
Cars imports  

Officials and international organization and diplomats

Chilean people working for foreign organizations such as United Nations, international Monetary Funds, E.S.O., CEPAL, World Bank, These people can import used households goods valued up to USD 25.000 fob free of duties and taxes.

Required Documents:

• Packing list or inventory in English or Spanish
• Original Passport
• Original B/L or AWB (Air Way Bill)
• Certificate of stay abroad issued by the employer or the international organization, also must indicated the office address where the staff member of the organization worked
• Employment contract ( Original )

Chileans diplomats returning to Chile including official international commission of the ministry of defense and foreign affairs Department can import used households items valued up to USD 25.000 fob free of duties and taxes.

Required Documents:

• Packing list or inventory in English or Spanish
• Original Passport
• Original B/L or AWB (Air Way Bill)

Documents must be endorsed by the ministry of foreign affairs in Chile. Plus the valued packing list or inventory, necessary required formalities for customs.

Foreign Diplomats and international Organization coming to Chile

Foreign diplomats can import new or used household goods. The amount of free tax for the franchise will depend on the official status.


Required Documents:

• Packing list or inventory in English or Spanish
• Original Passport
• Original B/L or AWB (Air Way Bill)

The Chilean Ministry of Foreign affairs will provide a license for duty free imports, upon request of the Organization or Embassy.

The embassy or international organization should submit a pro-forma invoice, a valued packing lists and a permission letter for customs procedures.

Vehicles:

Foreign diplomats can import used and new cars, free of duties or taxes. Also official diplomats can import used cars with a temporary permit, but cars only not older than one year, with an embassy authorization or international Organization in Chile. The car value must be within the total permitted by the authorization of Chilean ministry of foreign affairs. Also is needed and required the commercial invoice.

International Moves
Chilean customs Regulations

Please visit the following web site on English version regarding your shipment
www.aduana.cl 

Chilean citizens coming back to Chile from abroad  
Foreign citizens arriving with a temporary residence visa  
Officials and international organization and diplomats  
Cars imports  


Cars imports

• The type of vehicles model that can be imported from abroad, but not older than 1992 models, and emission control regulation up to day can be:

• Station wagon, vans, jeeps, family cars
• Trailer house vans
• Trucks pick up vans, regular trucks.
• New cars can be imported by foreign citizens paying the taxes and duties, with the emission control regulations.

Important note: used motorcycles a not allowed to be imported

Foreign Citizens can only import new vehicles, paying certain duties and taxes for the imports and emission control regulations.


Chileans citizens that have being out of the country for one year and over can bring a car, weather used or a new one paying certain duty and taxes. The time out of Chile should be without interruptions, and should be prove with a travel certificate issued by the international police in Chile; on specific cases the period out of Chile can be interrupted:

• 30 days spent abroad for Chilean citizens that have being abroad from 1 to 5 years
• 60 days per year spent abroad for Chilean citizens that have being abroad for more than 5 years