Choose to do Business in Chile

Why Choose to do Business in Chile?

Chile presents itself as a stable and prosperous country, with a commendable ranking in international political and economic indices relevant to international business, including an A+ rating from the risk agency Fitch. First, doing business in Chile provides access to a stable and open economy within Latin America.

Known for its transparent regulations and efficient bureaucracy, the country consistently ranks high in ease of doing business. In addition, doing business in Chile provides access to numerous free trade agreements, which serve as a gateway to markets around the world. Whether you are a seasoned entrepreneur or a budding investor, business prospects in Chile offer a promising avenue for growth and success.

Chile’s commitment to innovation and technology, coupled with a highly skilled workforce, makes it an ideal destination for companies looking to expand their horizons. Furthermore, being an entrepreneur in Chile comes with tax incentives and investment protections, creating a favorable environment for growth and profitability. In summary, doing business in Chile opens doors to a dynamic, investor-friendly economy with a solid track record of success and a bright future ahead.

If you have any questions or inquiries about how to set up a company in Chile, our local experts can help out. We are used to doing business not only in the country but all over the region.

Doing business in Chile – International trade

Doing business in Chile: a market snapshot
Doing business in Chile: a market snapshot

The country continues to employ policies that promote international trade and is a member of the Pacific Alliance, the Rio Group, Mercosur, APEC, and UNASUR. With a business environment that promotes foreign investment in practically every sector and a growing start up ecosystem, it is no wonder that Chile is a favorite destination for entrepreneurs.

According to the Doing Business study published by the World Bank, Chile is the 59th easiest country to do business in.

Foreign investors in Chile may access all productive activities freely, especially in the food, infrastructure, tourism, energy, and mining industries; there are some restrictions in certain sectors such as in the maritime, media, and air transportation sectors. The mining sector in Chile for instance, is full of opportunities for foreign investment. According to the Invest Chile website, these are the best areas within the mining industry for international investment:

  • Scale-up of technology in continuous-operation consumables.
  • Transition from open-pit to underground operation.
  • Integrated autonomous operations.
  • Solutions to minimize energy consumption in milling and hydrometallurgical processes.
  • Technologies to control impurities in concentrate.
  • Technologies for efficient treatment of tailings.
  • Modernization of smelters and refineries.
  • Exploitation of rare earth elements.
  • Exploration projects.

However, someone investing in the mining sector in Chile will need to secure a diversity of permits and official authorizations. Therefore, it is always better to consult with a lawyer familiarized with the mining sector in Chile before deciding to invest.

Incentives for foreign investors in Chile

Another reason to incorporate a company in Chile is the incentives offered for both local and foreign investors. The government does not subsidize foreign investment, but it does offer incentives when businesses help remote regions such as Tarapacá, Aysen, Arica and Pariancota, Magallanes, Palena and Chiloé. They also offer incentives for micro or small and medium sized enterprises involved in technology. For instance, Chile conceived StartUp Chile, a USD$40 million program in which entrepreneurs receive grants of USD$14,000, USD$30,000 or USD$80,000 depending on the size of their business – and a work visa to accelerate or develop their start-ups in Chile.

FAQs When doing business in Chile

Answers to some of the most common questions we get asked by our clients.

1. Can a foreigner own a business in Chile?

Yes, a business can be 100% foreign-owned by either legal persons (legal entities) or natural persons (individuals).

2. How long does it take to register a company in Chile?

It takes 6 to 8 weeks to register and set up an operating company in Chile, contingent upon the timely submission of all necessary documents.

3. What does a SpA company name mean in Chile?

The SpA in a company name in Chile refers to a Sociedad por Acciones, which is similar to a joint stock company. This corporate entity allows for shares to be easily bought and sold. One or more individuals or legal entities can establish the structure, which offers flexibility in terms of capital management. Due to its adaptability and capacity for a variety of investments and shareholders, businesses and entrepreneurs frequently choose it.

4. What does an LTDA company name mean in Chile?

LTDA in a company name in Chile refers to a Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada, which is similar to a Limited Liability Company. Partners’ liability is limited to their contributions to the company’s capital. In an LTDA, partners are not personally responsible for the company’s debts beyond their investment, providing a level of protection for individual assets. Small to medium-sized businesses frequently use it in Chile because it combines elements of partnership and corporate structures, providing flexibility and legal protections.

5. What entity types offer Limited Liability in Chile?

LTDA in a company name in Chile refers to a Sociedad de Responsabilidad Limitada, which is similar to a Limited Liability Company. Partners’ liability is limited to their contributions to the company’s capital. In an LTDA, partners are not personally responsible for the company’s debts beyond their investment, providing a level of protection for individual assets. Small to medium-sized businesses frequently use it in Chile because it combines elements of partnership and corporate structures, providing flexibility and legal protections.

Need Local Support in Doing Business in Chile?

With these and many other reasons, doing business in Chile makes sense for many visitors. It is advisable to cooperate with a local partner to identify the best market entry path, in addition to the required steps of the Chile company incorporation process should you wish to start a local company.

Biz Latin Hub, a local law firm with a global perspective is the perfect partner to help you undertake your business in Chile. We offer a great variety of back-office services in most Latin American countries. If you have any queries, do not hesitate and contact our Country Manager here at Biz Latin Hub.

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The information provided here within should not be construed as formal guidance or advice. Please consult a professional for your specific situation. Information provided is for informative purposes only and may not capture all pertinent laws, standards, and best practices. The regulatory landscape is continually evolving; information mentioned may be outdated and/or could undergo changes. The interpretations presented are not official. Some sections are based on the interpretations or views of relevant authorities, but we cannot ensure that these perspectives will be supported in all professional settings.
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