Chile is one of South America’s most stable and prosperous nations, leading Latin America in human development, competitiveness, and a number of other indicators. Chile has the highest degree of economic freedom in South America (and ranks seventh worldwide), due to its independent and efficient judicial system and prudent public finance management. You can’t afford to miss the opportunities that come with engaging in export from the US to Chile.

In May 2010, Chile became the first South American country to join the OECD. In 2006, it became the country with the highest nominal GDP per capita in Latin America.

Sound economic policies, maintained consistently since the 1980s, have contributed to steady economic growth in Chile. The country has signed free trade agreements (FTAs) with a whole network of countries, including one with the US; since then, bilateral trade between the US and Chile has grown over 60 percent. Clearly, the decision to export from the US to Chile is a smart one.

Full Container (FCL) or Groupage (LCL)

When you are shipping a container to Chile, you have two options: a full container load (FCL) or groupage (LCL).

If the volume of your shipment is equal to at least half a container (at least six standard pallets), then a full container load (FCL) will be your best option. A 40-foot container can carry 22 standard pallets, while a 20-foot container takes 10.

If your shipment volume is small, but your goods must be kept separate from those of other exporters during shipping, FCL is also your best option.

If separation of goods isn’t a concern, you may want to opt for groupage-a shared container (LCL). This requires you to pay only for the space you need, and so offers substantial cost savings on shipping. Consult iContainers for rates and other important information.

Ocean Freight Routes to Chile

  • Port of Valparaiso
    The port of Valparaiso is the country’s second most important port in terms of the movement of goods. This port manages 30 percent of the country’s foreign trade, exceeding 10 million tons of general cargo or one million TEUs annually. Terminal Pacifico Sur Valparaiso S.A. holds the concession for the first of the port’s berthing facilities, which is nearly 3,300 feet long, with a depth of over 45 feet. The second terminal is managed by Empresa Portuaria Valparaiso (EPV), and is 1,985 feet long.

  • Port of San Antonio
    The port of San Antonio is the busiest port along the west coast South American corridor. This port has three terminals, including the San Antonio International terminal (STI), the Central port (PCE), and the Panul terminal. The STI terminal is one of the most advanced terminals in South America; most containers arriving in San Antonio go through this terminal. The PCE terminal is currently under development and repair. The Panul terminal is the main terminal for breakbulk cargo.

  • Antofagasta
    The port of Antofagasta is administered by the EPA. It features three berths of a total length of 1,968 feet, with a maximum draft of roughly 30 feet. The terminal has 27 acres of loading platforms, and three warehouses with a total storage capacity of up to 194,000 square feet. The port operates under ISO 9001 standards and ISPS certification.

Air Freight Transportation to Chile

Air freight imposes some limitations on shipping in terms of volume and weight, but it may be more appropriate to your needs than ocean freight if you are working against a short deadline or with an urgent shipment. iContainers provides a calculator to help you determine whether this is the right option for you.