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Market profile

The Australia-Chile Free Trade Agreement (ACI-FTA) came into effect on 6 March 2009. The Agreement provides Australian businesses with significantly improved market access by eliminating immediately 92 per cent of tariff lines on 97 per cent of Australian goods currently traded; includes exports of coal, meat, wine and key dairy products. Tariffs on the remaining Australian export goods will be eliminated by 2015.

Reflecting the government’s focus on helping services suppliers, the FTA also includes commitments by Chile to maintain an open and non-discriminatory market for Australian services; including in important sectors for Australia such as education, professional services, mining, engineering, management consulting, and financial services.

Any Australian business looking to conduct business in Chile will need to take local cultural dynamics into consideration. The following is a basic guide to some of the basic considerations business representatives should be aware of. Business appointments should be arranged well in advance. A clear statement of the purpose of the meeting can sometimes help when visiting Chile for the first time. An interpreter is recommended when meeting with Spanish-speaking business people for the first time.

Business appointments should be arranged well in advance.

A clear statement of the purpose of the meeting can sometimes help when visiting Chile for the first time.

An interpreter is recommended when meeting with Spanish-speaking business people for the first time.

Chileans are generally punctual and expect the same from visitors.

Lunch is generally for an hour at 1.00pm unless business is being conducted, in which case two to three hour lunches are common.

Personal contacts do play a special role in Chile and can make the difference between finding an opportunity or not.

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FACTS

  • Imports from Chile A$1,292 million
  • Exports to Chile A$539 million
  • Capital Santiago
  • Official Language Spanish
  • Area 757,000 sq km
  • Population 17.6 million

Events

EDUEXPOS Latin America 2015 – second semester
1 Sep 2015
Promote your institution at EDUEXPOS education fairs in Latin America.
Expomin 2016 - Santiago, Chile
25 Apr 2016
Join a world class group of companies in the prominent Australia Unlimited Pavilion at Expomin 2016 ...

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Country information provided by DFAT

Country brief

A comprehensive overview of political, economic and bilateral and regional trade agreements.

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Trade and economic fact sheet

Containing general information, recent economic indicators, Australia’s trade and investment relationship with Chile and their global merchandise trade relationship that is updated twice a year.

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Free Trade Agreement

Information on Trade Agreements in force and in negotiation, plus market videos detailing insights and opportunities.

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APEC Business Travel Card Scheme

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