International Egg and Poultry Review

CHILE - By the USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS). This is a weekly report looking at international developments concerning the poultry industry. This week's report focuses on import regulations and standards in Chile.
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Fully cooked poultry products, canned poultry products, and raw frozen or chilled poultry meat are eligible for export to Chile. US poultry meat exports to Chile totaled 946.8 metric tons valued at $1,708,000 in 2008. For the January through August periods, 2009 exports fell 56 per cent in quantity (from 626.1 MT in 2008 to 273.9 MT in 2009) and 53 per cent in value (from $1,256,000 in 2008 to $588,000 in 2009).

The US and Chile have negotiated a new sanitary certificate for frozen/chilled poultry meat exports to Chile. There are two main Certificates that the Chilean government requires for every product imported, they are: Certificate of Origin and Certificate of Free Sale:

Origin: Is a document certifying the country of origin where the goods were grown, produced or manufactured. It is used to establish whether or not a preferential duty rate is applicable. This document can be issued in Chile or accompany the product from origin.

Free Sale: Is a document issued by the sanitary authority of the country of origin certifying that the product has sanitary authorization to be sold in the country, establishing the approval conditions (includes, quantitative and qualitative formula), this document has to come with the product from origin.

There are two Specific Customs Certificates required for food products, the Certificate of Customs Destination (Certificado de Destinación Aduanera, CDA) and the Authorization of Use and Disposal (Autorización de Uso y Disposición).

For products that are not regulated under Chilean laws, the importer will have to submit a Production Process Monography. Prior to import some animal products and animal sub products to Chile it is necessary to go through the process of monograph evaluation. Among the products that need to be evaluated are feathers, wool, eggs by products, poultry, animal feed like ingredients, and formulated additives in any of its forms of presentations.

Customs Destination

Food Products: Document issued by the Health Department related to the custom office where the product entered the country; this document authorizes to move the products from the customs office the warehouse where it will remain: it will have the address of the warehouse, state the route to use and the transportation conditions of the products. The time for approval is 12 hours.

Use and Disposal: Document issued by the Public Health Institute, the institute verifies the products don’t represent a threat to the public.

There is a Sanitary Certificate required for animal products. The Sanitary Certificate is a document issued by the competent sanitary authority of the country of origin for the product, certifying that the animal products and by-products have been carefully examined and comply with all the sanitary requirements of the importing country. This certificate may include specific declarations.

You can view the Official requirements for exports of poultry to Chile by clicking here.

Sources: Chile Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards – Certification. FAIRS Export Certificate Report (; Export data: (

Source: ALIC Agriculture & Livestock Industries Corporation

Source: Department of Commerce, US Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Statistics, Product Group: BICO-HS10 retrieved 11/09/2009

Further Reading

- You can view the full report by clicking here.
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