Has there been any progress on the update to the EU-Chile FTA modernisation effort?

EU has provided an update on trade negotiations for a modernized FTA with Chile

Who? The European Commission

When? 9 June 2020

Document: Report


Why does it matter?

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.


The EU is Chile's third-largest trade partner, comprising 12% of Chile's total trade in 2019.

The EU is Chile's third-largest import supplier and Chile's third-largest export market, after China and the US. In 2019 EU imports from Chile were mineral products (23%), vegetable products (21%) and base metals (17%). EU exports to Chile in 2019 were machinery (31%) transport equipment (26%), and chemical products (11%).


Free Trade Agreement offers important opportunities to increase trade volumes with the country or countries in question.


The EU has three types of FTA agreements with third countries:

  1. Customs Unions, to eliminate customs duties in bilateral trade, and; establish a joint customs tariff for foreign importers.

  2. Association Agreements, Stabilisation Agreements, (Deep and Comprehensive) Free Trade Agreements and Economic Partnership Agreements. They remove or reduce customs tariffs in bilateral trade.

  3. Partnership and Cooperation Agreements, which provide a general framework for bilateral economic relations, and; leave customs tariffs as they are.

Often, preferential trade covers many areas, in particular, the opportunity to lower custom's duty. Qualifying products that meet the rules of origin and other rules, as detailed in the Agreement, can benefit from preferential duty rates.


What can I do?

More Information

  1. Read the Progress Report

  2. Find out more about EU-Chile Trade


Expert to Contact

Arne Mielken


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