The commercial forms used by both local importers and exporters are commercial invoices, certificates of origin, bills of lading, freight insurance, and packing lists. Special permission, certificates, and approval documents, such as sanitary and phytosanitary certificates, are required for most agricultural products and in special cases for industrial products. Depending on the nature of the product, these certificates can be obtained at the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS), USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Invoice requirements: sender’s logo (if a company), date of issue, full sender & receiver’s information (name, address), company name or receiver name and commercial address, manufacturing country and brand, full description of products per item and/or Commodity Codes, contents, quantity, FOB (Free on Board) value, weight and model. Pro-forma invoices are not acceptable.
Certain items will require a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS), a completed SAG (Agricultural and Livestock Service) Affidavit Form or permission from Chile’s National Health Service (Servicio Nacional de Salud, SNS) for release.
Waybills requirements: receiver’s complete legal name, company name (if applicable), complete phone number, complete address
Occupying a space of 495 hectares the port is home to 87 thousand people living there. Strategically located, the port’s location facilitates the functioning of the import-export taking place along the coast. With this, the Port of San Antonio has made its mark in international trade with an overall traffic of 12.6 million tonnes of cargo.
It may interest you to know that the local logistics zone of the port is provided with the facility of handling vessels up to 60 thousand DWT. With 735 meters of continuous wharf with alongside depth of 11.3 meters, this port is replete with the modern infrastructure of container terminals, bulk terminals and Ro terminals.
Port of San Antonio was founded in 1910 when the government realised that the port will be beneficial to store agricultural produce and seafood from the region for export to Santiago. Finally, by the year 1936, the port was fully equipped with an electrical plant, new warehouses, housing for workers, and facilities capable of handling large sea-going vessels.
Well-known for its ocean-borne trade, San Antonio specializes in handling imports from ports around the world. What’s makes it all the more different is that the port has an easy access to the network country’s roads and railways. A port so strategically planned is bound to drive the regional economy serving as the agent of change.