Moving to Chile with iContainers

According to the 2010 US Census, there was only 126, 810 Chileans living in the United States. They are the fourth smallest Hispanic group from South America and fifth between all Hispanic countries. They reside mostly in the New York Metropolitan Area, South Florida, Los Angeles County and the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area; having most of their population in Queens in New York, Northern New Jersey, Miami in Florida and Nassau County in New York. According to 2012 that number wen up to 140,045 being the 0.05% of the US population.

iContainers: What can you ship with us when moving to Chile?

Are you worried about getting your belongings safely to your destination? Then iContainers is just what you are looking for. We provide a trustworthy door-to-port service that will help you with the moving process, giving you the peace of mind of knowing that your belongings are in good hands.
Before shipping to Chile through sea, there are certain things you should know. You are able to ship personal items and household goods without restrictions. You can distribute your personal objects and household goods into one or more maritime cargos. No matter what personal items and household utensils you are shipping, you might be mandatory to pay customs fees. You will be allowed to transport the following:

  • Household items
  • Furniture
  • Artwork
  • Kitchen appliances and equipment
  • Electronics
  • Transportation
    • It is restricted to ship used vehicles to Chile. All vehicles arriving to Chile must satisfy specific emission control procedures.

How to estimate the volume of your shipment to Chile?

We have a list of the articles that can be shipped, with a standard volume and weight. To help you determine the volume and weight of your cargo, our website provides you with a couple of easy steps you must follow: obtain an estimated price for your move.

Decide on LCL or FCL when moving to Chile?

When choosing a Full Container Load (FCL) to ship to Chile, the customer is responsible for the entire load.Since the container is not shared with anyone else, your belongings will be safe from any unknown cargo that could be mixed when sharing it with someone else.
If you choose to use Less than a Container Load (LCL) to ship to Chile, all belongings must be properly boxed and wrapped prior to shipping. If you do not have a pallet to place your load on, let us know at the moment of the reservation and we will provide you with one.

Where to ship when moving to Chile?

In iContainers we do not provide a door-to-door service when moving to Chile. However, we are glad to refer you to one of our numerous freight forwarder agents around the world to complete a door-to-door service.
Chile has become the fifth biggest economy in South America; by signing numerous trade agreements with different countries, allowing it to be a great economy for free trade. The most relevant exports are raw materials, which are fundamental for the economy. This resulted in an increase in Chile's maritime traffic.
Two of the most important ports in Chile are:

  • The Port of San Antonio is known as the main seaport in Chile as well as the most important in the South Pacific area. It is located 60 miles away from Santiago, Chile's capital, and it is the main docking point for ships that are disembarking from Asia. Their main exporting goods include: corn, wheat, wine, apples, cooper and grapes. There is a choice of 9 ports of destination when shipping cargo to San Antonio, with 9 shipping lines making 5,928 schedules port calls each month.
  • Valparaiso is a port that is used mostly for containers and passengers arriving to Chile and one of the most dynamic in South America. Each year, more than 10 million tons of cargo is transported and its docks operate more than 30% of the entire foreign trade of Chile. It receives approximately 40 cruise ships and 100,000 tourists per season. You can ship cargo to Valparaiso to 9 different ports from 48 U.S ports of origin. There are 9 shipping lines that deliver a total of 5,880 departures per month from US to Valparaiso's trade routes.

Tips for a successful move to Chile

Chile is an extremely diverse country; it has deserts, islands, the Andes, and Antarctica to discover. When moving to Chile you can explore a country that stretches across the Western part of South America. Although Chile's core region is situated on the Western South American coast, the Easter Islands, its westernmost limit, belongs to Oceania. If you continue south, you will discover it goes all the way to Antarctica. At the Northern part of the country, you will encounter arid climate, while the Patagonian south, is often icy and cold instead, and known for its powerful winds. The central area is known for its mild and warm weather, although there is a lot of rain. If you are looking to successfully move to Chile, you must take some things into consideration first:

  • Learn about its culture.
  • Be open-minded and outgoing.
  • It is recommended not to travel before your belongings are shipped.
  • Have proper documentation in person.
  • Transit times may change.
  • Have a destination agent or customs broker.
If you have further questions, contact one of our experts or refer to the guide to moving overseas.

Steps before moving to Chile: Documentation, personal identification and proper packaging

It is extremely important to have all the correct documentation present when going to Chile. You must have your passport, employment identification number, and work visa. For your shipment, you are required to have a list with all the items and goods that your are shipping. It is mandatory to have this document in case anything happens to your belongings during the course of the voyage. Being organized and thorough will help you with any inspections or insurance claims.You will be provided with a Bill of Landing, which includes:

  • Your name
  • Shipment details
  • Shipping company
  • Points of origin and destination
  • Address of your final destination
It is key not to lose your Bill of Landing, because you will need it to claim your shipment. In order to avoid such thing, make sure to make copies of it, and make it accessible when you arrive to your destination.