Chile

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General Overview

Population:

16,888,760 (July 2011 est.)

GDP (purchasing power parity):

US $260 billion (2010 est.)

GDP per capita (PPP):

US $15,500 (2010 est.)

GDP (real growth rate):

5.3% (2010 est.)

Industries:

  • Copper
  • Other minerals
  • Foodstuffs
  • Fish processing
  • Iron and steel
  • Wood and wood products
  • Transport equipment
  • Cement
  • Textiles

Imports:

US $54.23 billion (2010 est.)

Import commodities:

  • Petroleum and petroleum products
  • Chemicals
  • Electrical and telecommunications equipment
  • Industrial machinery
  • Vehicles
  • Natural gas

Exports:

US $64.28 billion (2010 est.)

Export commodities:

  • Copper
  • Fruit
  • Fish products
  • Paper and pulp
  • Chemicals
  • Wine

Alberta's exports to Chile:

CDN $82.4 million (2010)

Alberta's main exports to Chile:

  • Sulphur
  • Wheat
  • Non-stainless steel bars and rods
  • Coal
  • Polymers of ethylene
  • Polyethylene
  • X-ray apparatus
  • Mobile drilling derricks
  • Parts of boring or sinking and other machinery
  • Nickel

Canada's main exports to Chile:

  • Coal
  • Wheat
  • Sulphur
  • Petroleum oils
  • Non-stainless steel bars and rods
  • Parts of boring or sinking machinery
  • Parts of machinery for handling ores
  • Polyethylene
  • Lentils

Information about Chile

CIA World Factbook
Detailed information about Chile's economy, political system and history.

Export statistics

Alberta's International Trade Review
An analysis of Alberta's international exports of goods and services. Published by Alberta International and Intergovernmental Relations.
Trade Data Online
Customized reports on Canada's trade with over 200 countries.

Alberta-Chile relations

The Canada-Chile Free Trade Agreement eliminates tariff and non-tariff barriers between the two countries. This includes import duties on industrial and resource-based goods and tariffs on agricultural products.

World Relations
A summary of Alberta's relationship with Chile.

Sector opportunities for Alberta businesses interested in exporting their products

Chile's industrial and agricultural production has grown over the past decade making Chile one of the world's largest oil consumers.

  • Building materials and construction equipment: The following equipment has the best prospects for exportation to Chile:

    • Hydraulic excavators, levellers, scrapers, road rollers, ditchers and trenchers, articulated off-highway trucks, highway snow movers and blowers, cab-chassis, dumpers for off-highway use
    • Mixers for concrete, mortar and bitumen, asphalt plant, paving machinery, finishers (asphalt and concrete)
    • Telescopic cranes, pieces and parts for shovels, clamshells, scrapers and cranes.

    There are potential opportunities for Alberta industry to export high-income prefab homes. These home units are similar to Canadian standards: wood framed, panelled walls, fully insulated, vinyl sidings, ample kitchens, large family rooms, one or two floors, central heating system, etc.

  • Environmental goods and services: One of the most significant changes to the environmental services business in Chile has been the effort to privatize companies and to privately finance the expansion and upgrading of their operations. Canadian environmental businesses have a distinct advantage since they have core competencies in the sectors which Chile heavily requires. It is important to enter into this market by teaming up with local partners.

  • Mining equipment and supplies: There are 32 Canadian mining companies operating in Chile. Opportunities exist for equipment that reduces the environmental risks associated with mining. These opportunities will emerge as Chile enforces many of the environmental standards it recently adopted. Opportunities for Alberta companies exist in exploring the estimated one million hectares of undeveloped mineral reserves in Chile.

  • Oil and gas equipment: Chile typically imports oil from Venezuela and Africa. Chile is a growing market for natural gas as the country tries to move away from hydroelectricity as the dominant source of energy. Chile has traditionally imported natural gas from Argentina but the recent energy crisis in that country has put those imports in serious jeopardy. Argentina has drastically reduced the volume of natural gas exports to Chile and is unlikely to be able to continue to supply Chile with natural gas. Shortages in supply from Argentina have renewed Chilean interest in supplies from Peru and Ecuador. Chile has expressed a desire to create a more regionally integrated energy policy. Although Canadian machinery and equipment enter Chile virtually duty free, import licenses are required.

Services for exporters

Canada Business
Online tool for new and experienced exporters.
The Canadian Commercial Corporation
Crown corporation that promotes and facilitates international trade on behalf of Canadian industry.
Export Alert!
A resource for exporters to learn about changes in foreign export regulations.
Export resources
Resources for both new and experienced exporters.
International Trade Canada
Sector reports as well as a list of staff contacts that can assist exporters.

Services in Chile