Baggage Shipping to Chile
Chile is situated in South America between the Andes mountain range and the Pacific Ocean. The currency used is the Chilean Peso and the official spoken language is Spanish, due to Spanish colonization during the 16th century, which replaced the Inca rule. With its hugely ranging latitude crossing 38 degrees of the southern hemisphere, Chile has a very extreme range of climates, from freezing tundra and glaciers in the south to dry deserts in the north, and a range of subtropical to Mediterranean-like weather in the central regions. To find out about Send My Bag’s shipping service to Chile please read on:
Why Ship to Chile?
Chile is a fantastic destination for travelers, tourists, gap year students and business people alike. There’s something for everybody to take part in, see or do, whether you’re hitting up the slopes in the southern part of the country, exploring the desert in the north or relaxing on the sun-baked coast. If you’re planning an extended activity-filled break in the country or even traveling around Chile, it’s likely that you’ll need various types of equipment, such as hiking boots or skis, and clothing that allows for every type of weather you might encounter. Send My Bag might be the solution that you’ve been looking for. We can pick up your bags from your doorstop and take them to any address in Chile.
If you are a student studying for your degree in Chile, or a PhD student carrying out research there, Send My Bag can send all the possessions you will need for your stay in Chile. By shipping your things rather than bringing them on the plane yourself, you can have many more of your things with you and can avoid the risk of excess baggage fees.
Ways of Shipping to Chile
If you are going on an adventure or sports vacation in Chile or if you are moving to Chile to study or to live, you should look into the many options available for shipping to Chile. Some options will be more suitable for you than others. You can choose from several different options for international shipping to Chile. Here are some of them below:
Send Luggage to Chile
No matter if you are going to Chile for a set period or if you are moving to Chile for good, you can avoid a lot of stress and hassle by sending your luggage and boxes with Send My Bag. This way you can enjoy your journey to Chile knowing that your luggage is being taken care of. You can pack all the possessions you need to make you feel comfortable in Chile, while avoiding the hassle of dragging heavy bags behind you through airports and onto public transport. To learn more about sending luggage to Chile, visit our ‘How it works’ page, or our ‘FAQs’.
Send golf clubs to Chile
The majority of golf courses in Chile are situated around the capital city, Santiago. Some of the best golf courses in Chile include Patagonia Virgin, Los Leones and La Serena. You can try out these courses using your own beloved golf clubs, by shipping them to Chile with Send My Bag. The added benefit is that you don’t have to wait around at bag drop or luggage carousels, or have to drag large golf bags behind you. Plus, you can avoid completely oversized baggage fees from your airline. See more information on how to send golf clubs with Send My Bag, including how to best package your golf clubs.
send your bike to Chile
Chile provides a stunning backdrop for cyclists. Why not explore Chile by bike by sending your bike to Chile with Send my Bag? You could even take the trip of a lifetime and cycle the full length of Chile! You can send your bike to your first hotel and have it picked up at your final hotel. Your bike needs to be taken apart and safely packaged up before being sent to Chile. Check out our information on bike shipping to learn more.
Send skis to Chile
Why not go skiing in the Andes, in resorts such as Valle Nevado, Portillo and Chillan. Don’t worry about having to rent unfamiliar skis when you are there. Instead, you can send your own skis to Chile with Send My Bag. This is much easier than checking your skis into your airplane’s hold. You can send your skis ahead to Chile and have them waiting for you on arrival. Find out more about sending skis with Send My Bag and read about how to package your skis safely.
Removals to Chile
If you are moving house to Chile you will have to think about international removals to Chile in order to move all of your possessions too. Make sure you choose a reputable removal company and that you package up all your items carefully so that they arrive intact. Use suitable packaging for your items and tape everything up well.
student shipping to Chile
If you are studying in Chile this year, or taking a third year abroad there, Send My Bag can help you ship everything you need to Chile, from books, to clothes, to writing materials. Chile has some top universities, such as the Universidad de Santiago de Chile, the Universidad de Chile and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. If you are studying at one of these institutions, or any others, Send My Bag can send your possessions to your student accommodation, making your move an easy one. Discover more about student shipping on our student page and find out how to receive your student discount.
Sending a parcel to Chile
Sending a parcel to Chile with Send My Bag is a great idea if you need to send a smaller number of items – if you left some items at home when you moved to Chile, for example. You can ask a friend or family member to put the items you have forgotten in a box and send them on to you. People can also use the service to send you gifts or care packages. When sending a parcel to Chile make sure you select a sturdy box and seal it up well so nothing gets damaged in transit. Read more about sending a parcel and find out what you can send with Send My Bag and how to package your items.
If you want to send more than parcels, baggage and luggage to Chile, you could consider the following options for shipping items internationally, particularly if you need to send large items like a chest of drawers or armchair:
Air Freight to Chile
If you have to send big items, such as a console table or ottoman, to Chile you could look into air freight. The time it takes to transport your items this way is usually one to two days, making it a quick service. It can be quite expensive, though, with costs increasing as your shipment size increases. You will likely also have to hire a customs agent to sort customs clearance for you. Another cost to think about is getting your items to and from the airport, which means the price of using air freight could quickly mount up. If you send internationally by air freight to Chile your items will likely arrive at Santiago, Chacalluta or Diego Aracena Airports.
Sea Freight and Container Shipping to Chile
Another option for shipping large bulky items is sea freight or container shipping. Sea freight shipping to Chile can take a number of weeks, so it’s a good option if you don’t need your items straight away. This option can be cheaper than air freight, but you will still need to pay for the services of a customs agent and will need to sort out how to get your items to and from the ports. This means the cost could be more than expected. When using container shipping to Chile, your items will most likely arrive by ship at one of the major sea ports, such as the Ports of Iquique, Valparaiso or Coronel.
Shipping Goods to Chile
You must research current customs rules when shipping goods to Chile. You should know about any duty that you need to pay and what items are permitted to be shipped to Chile, which items are restricted, and which are entirely prohibited. Take a look at the section below on ‘What can I send to Chile? What items are restricted?’
Important Chile Customs Information
In order to clear personal effects into Chile, our courier partner will normally contact the consignee directly to request a copy of their passport. An additional fee of $50 USD + VAT will also need to be settled for them to process clearance.
Should the declared value exceed $1,499 USD, the customer will need to arrange their own customs broker.
Under no circumstances should a business or hotel name be used as the receiver’s name. The owner and named receiver of the goods should be the same person and is required to be in the country at the time of clearance.
Chilean customs will usually inspect all shipments resulting in a delay of around one week.
Customs may at their discretion request further information and therefore delays are possible. Send My Bag provides a service into Chile primarily for those relocating to Chile and who are not inconvenienced by the customs process, this route should not be used for time sensitive personal effects shipments such as luggage for a holiday.
General Customs Information
Personal effects are normally considered to be used items that have been in the sender's possession for 6 months or more. The majority of countries offer consignees a duty-free allowance for personal effects, which means that most Send My Bag shipments are not stopped by customs.
To indicate to customs officials that your shipment is made up of personal effects, you must create a brief non-generic packing list online, with entries to be made in the following format: "1 x Woollen Coat, 4 x Pairs of Training Shoes, 5 x Cotton T-Shirt", and so on, rather than as "10 x Used Clothing".
If Chilean customs find brand new or commercial items in your shipment it may be assessed for customs duties and taxes. If you are sending Christmas gifts to Chile please check with local customs so you are aware of any customs duties that need to be paid, follow any advice given and attach all documentation required of you.
When a bag is stopped by customs for any reason (missing documentation, prohibited contents, commercial contents or further information required) Send My Bag™ records how long customs hold it for. Our historical statistics for this route indicate that if the customs authority stops your bag they will on average take 9 days to process it and release it back to us for delivery.
As customs processes and allowances differ depending on the country, we suggest travelers take 5 minutes to check how their personal circumstances and what they are sending will be viewed under current Chilean customs regulations.
Further information is available on our customs information page.
What can I send to Chile? What items are restricted?
With Send My Bag™ you can travel with almost everything you would normally find in a vacation suitcase. For security and customs reasons, however, certain items are prohibited. Please find these listed below.
- Aerosols or any other pressurised containers;
- Liquids, Pastes and Gels of any type (including nail varnish and perfume);
- Toner Cartridges;
- Loose Batteries & Power Banks;
- No more than 1 device containing a battery in line with our battery policy;
- Animals and Animal products;
- Firearms and firearm parts, ammunition, explosives, weapons (including imitations and toys of same);
- Flowers and plant products;
- Human remains or ashes;
- Medical samples;
- Items that require a temperature controlled environment;
- Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical products;
- Religious Artefacts
- Foodstuffs, perishable, animal origin and controlled food articles and beverages including, but not limited to: Fruit & vegetables, dairy products (including dried products containing dairy such as protein powder), meat, fish, nuts, seeds, wine, beer, spirits and champagne; or
- Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odour of any kind;
- Valuables and high value items including but not limited to antiques, paintings, jewellery, precious stones and electrical equipment (low value electrical equipment is permitted but sent at the owner's risk);
- Cash or other forms of tradeable currency;
- Credit cards;
- Passports or other confidential personal documentation;
- Irreplaceable items;
- Other Dangerous / hazardous goods;
- Counterfeit goods;
- Other illegal or restricted goods.
More information is available under section 11 of our terms of service.
In addition to the above when sending to Chile we prohibit the sending of:
- Soil Samples.
Items excluded from cover
The following items will be accepted but are sent at your risk and are not included under complimentary cover:
- Electrical Items, including but not limited to; Tablets, Cell Phones, Computers, Hi-Fis, TVs.
- Glass & Porcelain.
- Any other non standard excess baggage items.
If you choose to send any of the above please ensure you package the item appropriately, for example a TV inside a suitcase is not appropriate.
As a hugely diverse country, it’s no surprise that there are plenty of things to do on a trip there. If you want to hit up the slopes somewhere a bit different, the Valle Nevado outside Santiago is the perfect place. Exciting heli-skiing is also on offer here for the daredevils among you.
The Atacama Desert is also particularly popular among tourists who head there with dirt bikes to explore the unusual landscape and geysers, such as El Tatio. The area also attracts a different set of people at night. Astronomers and stargazers flock to the desert ‒ particularly Valle de Elqui on clear nights ‒ to gaze at the skies using some of the world’s biggest and best telescopes.
Other exciting activities to participate in around the country include hiking or biking in the countryside or shopping in the plentiful malls around the capital city, Santiago.