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The EU and Chile concluded an Association Agreement in 2002, which includes a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that entered into force in February 2003 covering EU-Chile trade relations.

Modernisation of the trade part of the EU - Chile Association Agreement

Better Regulation Agenda

The EU commissioned  an independent Sustainable Impact Assessment (SIA) on these negotiations. The SIA was conducted in regular dialogue with all relevant stakeholders from civil society. The SIA has been published together with a Commission Services’ Position Paper.

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Trade picture

  • The EU is Chile's third-largest trade partner, comprising 12% of Chile's total trade in 2020.
  • The EU is Chile's third-largest import supplier and Chile's third-largest export market, after China and the US.
  • In 2020 EU imports from Chile were vegetable products (25%), mineral products (21%), and base metals (19%).
  • EU exports to Chile in 2020 were machinery (35%), chemical products (18%) and transport equipment (12%).

EU-Chile: Trade in goods

Trade in goods 2018-2020, € billions
Year EU imports EU exports Balance
2018 7.4 9.3 2.0
2019 6.5 10.1 3.6
2020 5.9 7.5 1.7

EU-Chile: Trade in services

Trade in services 2017-2019, € billions
Year EU imports EU exports Balance
2017 1.7 4.0 2.3
2018 1.9 3.9 2.0
2019 2.0 4.4 2.3

EU-Chile: Foreign direct investment

Foreign direct investment 2019, € billions
Year Inward stocks Outward stocks Balance
2019 1.9 57.9 56.0

Unless otherwise mentioned “EU” concerns for all indicated years the current European Union of 27 Member States.

Date of retrieval: 12/04/2021

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The EU and Chile

The current EU-Chile FTA:

  • removes tariffs
  • removes trade barriers
  • guarantees protection for European intellectual property in Chile

The FTA has a trade coordinator meeting and special trade related sub-committees which meet yearly to review the use of the FTA and other FTA-related issues.

Modernising the trade part of the EU-Chile Association Agreement

The EU and Chile are negotiating to modernise the trade part of the existing EU-Chile Association Agreement, so it can continue to address all areas of the relevant trade and investment relationship between the EU and Chile.

Trading with Chile