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Grow Your Business in Chile with ATA Carnets

Friday, October 13, 2023

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Chile, located in western South America, was the first Latin American country to join the ATA Carnet system in 2008.  Divided into 16 regions its geography stretches along a narrow strip of land between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.  Chile also controls several islands as its territories including the remote Easter Island, which draws people the world over to its volcanic terrain with 900 monumental carved statues of human figures with oversized heads, half buried, that mysteriously peer out into the distance.

Chile possesses beautifully lush and rugged terrain so unique and visually stunning it is a top destination for the Film and TV Production industry.  Major releases, for example, Quantum of Solace-the 22nd James Bond film, The Motorcycle Diaries, Spy Kids, and Gun Shy were all filmed in Chile.  Locations that were used included the city of Antofagasta, the arid Atacama desert, the tropical North, moderate Center, cooler South regions, the capitol city of Santiago, and along the vast 6,435 km of coastline. 

Trade thrives in Chile and there are opportunities for U.K. companies to expand there.  Chile is one of the U.K.’s largest trading partners in Latin America and has enjoyed long periods of growth.  Total U.K. exports to Chile amounted to £915 million in the four quarters to the end of Q1 2023.  Leading sectors are Mining, Infrastructure, Clean Energy, and Agribusiness. 

According to the HM Department of Business & Trade, “Chile is a face-to-face culture and Chileans have a strong preference for doing business with somebody they have actually met.”  There is no better tool to create face-to-face contact between you and an interested international prospect than an ATA Carnet.

ATA Carnets help businesses increase profits and grow. 

The ATA Carnet is an internationally accepted customs document for temporarily exported merchandise, goods, or professional equipment and allows cross border movement of goods import-duty and -tax free into any of the 87+ carnet countries and territories for up to a year.  The ATA Carnet, also known as the Merchandise Passport, is an excellent way to access viable international markets for your goods and services.   

The ATA Carnets’ benefits include avoidance of import-duty and -tax payment and added ease Clearing Customs.  Using an ATA Carnet to exhibit your product/services at an exhibition, fair, conference, or convention or demonstrate your product/services can lead to new contracts.    

The ATA Carnet levels the playing field so that SMEs can compete with bigger companies.  ATA Carnets are affordable and easy to obtain, making any size company competitive in a multitude of sectors internationally.  This is the perfect time to explore new opportunities in Chile.

Boomerang makes it easy!

At boomerang carnets UK, we make travelling with your goods and equipment clear and simple by providing the resources and destination specific information you will need on our website.  With 36 years in the business, we understand what you want to know to make your trip as hassle free as possible.

Browse These Links.

Duties and VAT/GST: VAT Duty Rates by Country | ATA Carnet ( - A list of VAT/GST and Duty rates for countries including Chile.

Advisories: Advisories | ATA Carnet ( - Announcements that keep you up to date with vital information to specific countries.

Translation Guides: Translation Guides | ATA Carnet ( - Commonly used phrases for carnet users translated into several languages and for use at foreign customs including Spanish, the official and administrative language of Chile.

Film Commissions: International Film Commission Carnet Directory | ATA Carnet ( - A directory of international film commissions and resources to assist film and television producers that includes a link to Film Commission Chile. 

Carnet Countries: Carnet Countries | ATA Carnet ( - Whether you are thinking of getting an ATA Carnet to Chile or elsewhere, take a look at our ATA Carnet countries page.  It may answer your question, but it may also ignite an idea to expand your enterprise where you’ve never thought of going before. 

Video: What is a carnet? - Introduction to the ATA Carnet Export Document | ATA Carnet (

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Boomerang’s Carnet Specialists offer expert customer service.  We are here to assist you 24/7, just call the Carnet HelpLine® 0808.189.3400 or email us.  Also, if you want to ship by cargo, Boomerang has freight forwarder partners who can deliver your carnet to you, as well as handle your freight.

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