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KellyZauber replied to the thread Home Security Systems on the Chile forum on August 19, 2014:
KellyZauber initially posted:
Hi, I own a home security company in the US and was wanting to start a new branch in Chile when I move there. I've googled to see if I could find other companies already operating there but haven't come across much. Is home security a concern in Valpo or would I have to look into another business to start? Thanks for all the help. KZ
KellyZauber replied on August 19, 2014 with:
Thanks for the info. Hopefully my competitive edge will be on time service, professionalism, and friendliness. Thanks again for your reply
Socium replied on August 19, 2014 with:
There are home security companies in Chile. They need to register with the police and meet several criteria. Unfortunately the robberies are rising, so there is always demand for this kind of services. Many years ago I advised a starting company on this field. If you need assistance to start a business in Chile, give a look to my blog. Regards
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LovetheBeach replied to the thread pets best time to visit Chile on the Chile forum on August 19, 2014:
sjgeddes67 initially posted:
Hello: I am thinking about visiting Chile and Ecuador. I want to relocate at either place and will decide after visiting them. I am single, retired with a good monthly income. One of my concerns is that I have two dogs and two cats that will move with me. How does this work? I am quite sure it is a long trip from Fayetteville, Arkansas to Santiago. Can someone help me with this issue? Thanks
LovetheBeach replied on August 19, 2014 with:
tercermundo, I am considering an exploratory trip to Chile. I'll be in Ecuador in a few weeks for an extended stay, and sometime in the next few months may travel to Chile to check things out. Can you please share which city or town you live in or near, why you chose that particular locale, and what you like best and least about your city? Thank you! LovetheBeach
tercermundo replied on August 18, 2014 with:
I used to live in Little Rock and now reside in Chile with my wife's cat. Travel time door to door just under 24 hr's, pets not problem. Harder to get all paper work in USA than to get in to Chile. Just ask your Vet in USA what is required. Good luck
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biscaynebay replied most recently with:
excellent advice,!
musicman1955 replied recently with:
Thanks, this is great information and it is what other expats have told me as well. Live with the locals! Jim Sault Vermonter
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kellsv replied to the thread Imports/electronics on the Chile forum on August 11, 2014:
kellsv initially posted:
Hello, Can someone please tell me what the import taxes are in Chile for electronics? After hearing about the 60% tax on importing electronics in Uruguay, I am looking at other options. My business necessitates that I am able to be able to do this, so I have little choice. Thanks very much for your help and time.
kellsv replied on August 11, 2014 with:
Thank you SO much for the detailed information and taking the time to really explain everything. I really appreciate it and am so relieved to see that Chile does not tax so overwhelmingly like other countries.
Socium replied on August 08, 2014 with:
CORRECTION TO THE OTHER POST. I HAD A MISTAKE ON THE CALCULATIONS OF 1% THE GENERAL RULE FOR IMPORTATION The general taxation for importing products into Chile is as follow: Duty : 6% over CIF value VAT: 19% over CIF + 6% duty (VAT stands for Value Added Tax.) EXAMPLE: If your merchandise cost is US$ยท 5.000, and the freight specified on the Airway ill or on the Bill of Lading, was US$ 300 and the insurance is US$ 100 ( real or estimated 2% over the cost of the good), then the CIF value is 5.000 + 300 + 100 = 5.400 Duty : 6% over 5.400 = 324 NET VALUE to calculate the VAT: 5.400 + 324 = US$ 5.724 VAT: 19% over US$ 5.724 is equal to US$ 1.088 So, for importing your stuff into Chile you will pay US$ 324 plus US$ 1.088 to the Chilean Treasure. Total US$ US$ 1.412. Such amount represents a 28% over the US$ 5.000 of this example. That is the disbursement for importing into Chile before your merchandise leaves Chilean custom: 28%. In addition you have to pay to the Custom Broker and the usual minor expenses for importation. So, my general assumption is that any importation means about 30-33% over the cost of the merchandise. FOREIGN TRADE AGREEMENT ( FTA) In case you are importing from a country having a FTA with Chile, then you may eventually have zero duty. However you still will have to pay the VAT calculated on the same way explained before. SOFTWARE IMPORTATION They have a specific duty of 30%. SPECIFIC PRODUCTS Take these comments as a general guideline, and not as an advise for your specific importation. RECOVERY OF VALUE ADDED TAX For Chilean companies importing products, the VAT paid on the importation can be later recovered through the sales process. Because the seller will also charge above his net selling price, a 19% VAT to his customer. So, every month he will do the balance of VAT, using as discount, the VAT he paid on the importation. So, even you need to have cash to pay the 28% taxes above mentioned, later the 19% VAT will be recovered later trough sales. So, the only tax that is a cost for the business is the 6% duty. Or no cost if there is a FTA with tax exception. ----- There is a tax reform presently on process and these things can change for next year. Hope this general guide can help you. Regards
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Socium replied to the thread Opportunity for Job Shadowing on the Chile forum:
michka initially posted:
I m a South African living in Chile for a few months. My background is HR and I would love an opportunity to gain some international experience. Not looking for payment, just exposure. Hit me up if anybody has contacts! :)
Socium replied on August 05, 2014 with:
Write an e-mail to me and send your resume. Regards
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solangeo posted Job seeking in santiago on the Chile forum:
hi everyone i'm a parisian 35 yo girl considering moving to chile, a country i've discovered during a 6 months road trip in latin america i'm currently employed in a big media agency in paris on a food international account. if you have any tips or contact in media/ ad area, thanks in advance for contacting me! regards, solange
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Socium replied to the thread Construction costs in Chile on the Chile forum:
skating101 initially posted:
I am considering relocating to Chillan and am interested in the construction and land costs for the area, does anyone have any relevant information?
Socium replied most recently with:
You have to be more specific regarding where do you want to build in Chillan. Within the city or in rural areas. General construction cost is pretty much similar in all the Central area of Chile. The main difference is on the land cost. If you want to be around the Panamerican Highway is higher than around other rural routes, but it depends on what do you want to build. Regards
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mholloway replied to the thread World's largest pool on the Chile forum:
mholloway initially posted:
I saw an ad for this in San Alfonso Del Mar and was wondering if anyone knows anything about it? Can a person rent an apartment there? If so, what has been your experience?
mholloway replied most recently with:
Ok, I do appreciate the helpful hints and the links are wonderful! Thanks so much!
Socium replied most recently with:
Some years ago I did rent an apartment there for a foreign client visiting Chile. You can find adds on internet under the heading in Spanish "arriendo departamento en san alfonso del mar". I found some web sites that may be of help:!verano-2014 I have no connection with such real estate agents. i just copied from the internet to assist you. But you can do your own search. Some just rent for days, others rent for months. Double check prices and locations. Unless some local person assist you with the rent, don't send money in advance to just a person issuing a property. I am sure real estate agents are more expensive, but they can be more reliable for a contract from a foreign location. Regards
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michka posted Beauty Salon on the Chile forum:
Hi! I m moving to Providencia next week from South Africa. Any re commendations on a good beauty salon in providencia? Thanks so much!
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