Chile underwent its Fourth Trade Policy Review (TPR) on 7 and 9 October 2009. The last review was in 2003. The TPR is part of the transparency process in the WTO to evaluate trade policies and practices of Members. The Chilean economy grew at an annual average rate of 4.8% between 2003 and 2008 due to strong domestic demand and export growth. Despite the international crisis, Chile’s per capita GDP reached US$10,087 in 2008 (2003: US$4,746), one of the highest in Latin America.
Chile maintains an open, transparent and predictable trade regime. Chile’s average applied MFN tariff is 6% while its entire tariff schedule is bound at an average of 25%, except for some agricultural products which are bound at 31.5%. Chile has a price-band system* for imports of wheat, flour sugar and vegetable oil. In response to questions raised on its price-band system, Chile indicated that it is considering replacing the system with fixed specific tariff.
In 2008, Chile’s merchandise exports... Read More