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Preparing your international removal to Chile

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.


DOCUMENTATION for you moving to Chile


PACKAGING of your belongings


TRACKING your shipment online


RECEPTION of all your goods


Cost of moving to Chile from USA


On our web you will find a provisional list of all the articles that can be shipped to Chile, along with its standard volume and weight. This will help you to determine the volume and weight of your shippment, our website also provides you with a couple of easy steps you should follow: obtain an estimated price for your move.

When you book a Full Container Load (FCL) to ship your goods to Chile, you are the responsible for all the entire load. Into this scenario, the container is not shared with any other cargo, so belongings and goods will be safe from any unknown items that could be mixed when sharing the shipment 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 before the shipping. If you do not have a pallet to place your load on, let us know at the moment of the reservation.


Quote your moving to Chile for free

If you want to get a better understand on international moving prices, you need to understand the logistics behind it and depending on how you want to move to Chile and the belongings you choose to carry with you. There would be three options:


If you’re moving with just a few goods, packed in a couple boxes or a pallet, you’ll need a LCL solution, a relative cheaper option.


Apartments (< 70m²)

When you are moving to Chile, if you are planing to live in a small apartment and carrying just certain items, you will be needing a 20ft container.

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House (> 70m²)

If this is your situation, and you are moving into a bigger apartment or even a house, you will need more space for your belongings and goods. For those who want to ship their furniture, car, appliances and more heavy-duty items, you’ll be needing a 40ft container.


Tips to reduce the cost of moving to Chile


It is really important to have all the correct documentation when moving to Chile. You must have your passport, employment number, and even your work visa. Regarding your shipment, you are required to have a list with the items and goods that your are shipping, a document called the packing list. Being organized and thorough will help you with any inspections or insurance claims once your goods arrive to Chile.

Packing your furniture for an international moving

An important step in your international removal is the correct way to pack your belongings and household goods items. Some goods like furniture or fragile items, are quite easy to be damaged in sea shipping and that’s where the packing takes an important role. If your can dismantle your furniture, that should be done so and then packed for shipping to Chile. For fragile items, double or even doing a triple packaging is considered to be a safe bet.

What items can not be sent in a moving container?

The Chilean Inspection Services (or Chilean Customs) is responsible for monitoring and inspecting all foreign goods that arrive at the country. This officers along with sophisticated machines inspect over 100 million goods or items each year. The prohibited items for Chile include:

  • fresh fruit, vegetables, live plants, seeds

  • live animals (including pets)

  • biological products

  • unprocessed goods of plant or animal origin

  • soiled goods, or goods containing organic residues

  • goods knowingly infested with pests or a disease.


Tax rules and regulations differ from one country to another. US and Chile have a tax treaty. The treaty has provisions with regards to double taxation on pensions, social security, and other income. In order to be fully aware of your tax situation, the best is to consult a moving advisor.

Where to ship when moving to Argentina

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.

  • Port of San Antonio: 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

  • Port of Valparaiso: 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

Need more help on your moving to Argentina ?

Also, if you need further information about how to manage your international removal, you can also check our help center. You will find resources about the processes. We really hope you enjoy your future home.

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