What Are the Restrictions for Import before I Try to Ship a Car from the USA to Chile?

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What Are the Restrictions for Import before I Try to Ship a Car from the USA to Chile?

There are some countries that are much harder to ship cars to than others. Every nation sets their own laws and that means that their import policy can contain any number of statutes.

So before you book with a transporter to ship your car to Chile from the U.S., look into the country’s import laws to see if your car meets the restrictions.


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Chile’s Import Regulations and Restrictions.

  • Only used motor vehicles being imported by diplomats or returning citizens can enter the country lawfully. Returning citizens must have been abroad for at least one year before they can have a car imported into Chile.
  • New vehicles mustn’t have any more mileage than what was needed to get the vehicle from the factory to the origin of sale.

The regulations you have to comply with in order to get your car safely into the country are difficult to understand as a foreigner to the nation. Contact the Embassy of Chile to get a better understanding. Write down the information learned and then ask about the current duty and tax rates associated with auto import.

Use the assistance of your transport professionals as you prepare for the shipping process. They have extensive knowledge in the industry and can help greatly. They’ll even make sure you prepare all the proper documents for the Customs office to gain import clearance. Of course, this is if the car meets the restrictions and all taxes are paid first. You must show Customs proof of paid taxes along with your other documentation.

Joe Webster

Written by Joe Webster

Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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