California Trade Mission to Chile – September 26-30, 2009

Chile has one of the fastest growing economies in Latin America with many opportunities for California companies. Moreover, as one of the most promising markets in the region for a variety of U.S. goods and services, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce, Chile holds an important commercial influence in South America. This is due to the energy and professionalism of its entrepreneurs, the transparency of its regulation, and the predictability of its decision makers. Chile’s market-led reforms and an increasingly diversified economy offer a viable option for U.S. business. Additionally, The Economist Intelligence Unit ranked Chile as the safest country in Latin America (2008) and as having the best business environment in Latin America (2009).

The Government of Chile and AMCHAM Chile, the California Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the Centers for International Trade Development, and the U.S. Department of Commerce are partnering to take a delegation of California companies to Chile for a Trade Mission in the framework of The Americas Competitiveness Forum (see

Chile and the United States have a Free Trade Agreement (FTA), (the first FTA negotiated in Latin America since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in 1993). Chile has 20 Trade Agreements in force with 56 countries, including China, Japan, India, South Corea, New Zeland and Singapore.

For more information please see the California Trade Mission Brochure.