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WTO. Chile notified the draft amendment to the Decree No. 119 of 2012 of the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications on total weight of motor vehicle, such as mini busses and so on.

Number: G/TBT/N/CHL/521

The reported proposal updates the normative reference materials and stipulates that, with the exception of mini busses, small passenger cars and advanced cockpit vans, motor vehicles with a total weight of less than 3,860 kg shall not be used without authorization. The weight of the vehicle is not less than 2700 kg.

Products covered: Motor vehicles with a total vehicle weight of less than 3860 kg, except for mini busses, small passenger cars, and high-level cockpit trucks with a total weight of less than 2700 kg.

The Republic of Chile (Spanish: República de Chile) is located in southwestern South America. It is the only country in the world that produces saltpeter and enjoys the reputation of the “Kingdom of Copper Mines”.

Great demand for cars like mini busses in Chile

The original inhabitants of Chile were Indians, who were once reduced to a Spanish colony. In 1818, they became independent and established the Republic of Chile. Chile has very rich mineral resources, forest resources, and fishery resources. It is the country with the richest copper resources in the world. The climate of Chile is complex and diverse, including many forms, mainly desert, Mediterranean, temperate broad-leaved forest climate, the main cities are Valparaiso, Concepcion, and so on.

The government implemented a comprehensive opening policy to encourage foreign investment, which has greatly improved the country’s production capacity and international competitiveness, making Chile the most economically developed country in South America.  Due to the developed economy, there is a great demand for cars, like Mini busses, which are popular in various fields.

Chile’s infrastructure is developing rapidly.

Private investment and foreign capital in the country use franchise operations to invest in infrastructure construction. Such as highways, ports, airports, and schools. In 2014, the total value of the franchise public bidding project reached 8 billion US dollars.

Chile has convenient highway transportation.

With Santiago as the center, the national highway runs from north to south, with a total length of about 100,000 kilometers. The highway in northern Chile connects with Peru and Bolivia, and the highway to Peru is in good condition. There are many roads in the east that pass through the Andes and connect to Argentina. The most important is the central road that passes through the Libertador Pass. The island is easily affected by climatic conditions such as snowfall.  Convenient transportation, mini busses, and other cars are constantly flowing on the highway. In addition, due to the special geographical location, many cars are shipped to Peru and Bolivia via Chile. Such as Mini busses, trucks, etc.

The water transportation of goods in Chile is mainly by sea. In 2012, Chile’s port cargo volume (including transshipment, excluding coastal shipping) totaled 99 million tons. With an increase of 3% over the previous year, of which 51% import number and 49% export number. Asia is the most important destination for cargo transportation. Among them, 26% are containers, 11% are LTL, and 63% are bulk cargo. Iquique is located in the north of Chile, with a sea area: 148.54 hectares, land area: 33 hectares. As well as warehouse area: 11,000 square meters, number of berths: 4, maximum draft: 9.2-11.25 meters. Moreover, annual throughput: 2,233,465 tons, the main cargo types: containers, general cargo, and bulk cargo.  Most of the goods to Peru and Bolivia, such as mini busses and other cars, are from this port.

According to the G/TBT/N/CHL/521 draft, there will be more suitable mini busses and other motor vehicles serving Chile.

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