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Questionnaire on the Modernisation of the Trade Pillar of the Modernisation of the EU-Chile Association Agreement

  • Policy field: Trade
  • Target group: All industry stakeholders
  • Closing Date: 19/02/2018

Objective of the consultation

This questionnaire is targeting European Union (EU) business (companies/business organisations) and is not intended to be an open public consultation. It consists of technical questions (e.g. on trade flows and opportunities, customs procedures, rules of origin, standards and technical regulations, trade defense, intellectual property rights etc.). EU business is invited to comment on practical experience doing business in Chile in order to facilitate and orientate the negotiations of a modernised EU-Chile trade agreement.

The EU is Chile's second trade partner, comprising 13% of Chile's total trade in 2016. Bilateral trade in almost all import categories has been very stable over the last years, with the EU registering a slight trade surplus of € 1.2 bn in 2016.
The EU is Chile's second import supplier, after China, and is Chile's third largest export market, after China and the US. EU imports from Chile are dominated by raw materials except fuels (mainly copper), manufactured goods and food products. EU exports to Chile are mainly machinery and transport equipment, followed by chemical products and manufactured goods. Between 2013 and 2015, total trade in services increased moderately, from € 4.7 bn to € 5.8 bn, with an EU surplus of € 1.8 bn in 2015. The EU is Chile's biggest foreign investor, accounting for 33% of foreign direct investment (FDI) stocks and for 13% of FDI flows in the country.

Information on the questionnaire

The questionnaire is divided into the following sections:

  1. Trade in Goods
  2. Trade in Services, Investment liberalisation and Digital trade
  3. Rules (Regulatory convergence and transparency, Intellectual Property Rights, Competition, Public Procurement, SMEs, Sustainable development and gender, Anti-corruption)
  4. Other issues

Should there be any additional point you wish to draw the Commission's attention to, please describe this under chapter "IV. Other issues". In addition, where possible, we would appreciate receiving as much specific information as possible (substantiated where possible by economic indicators and/or data) as to respondents' interests, prioritisation within sectors, and any proposals for solutions, where problems have been identified.

The questionnaire has been prepared in order to provide the Commission with information to assist it in establishing priorities and taking decisions throughout the negotiating process. Your reply to this questionnaire is important in this process and we thank you in advance for your contribution. The Word document can be used to fill in your comments directly under the relevant points.

The Commission, subject to the application of the EU's rules on access to documents (Regulation (EC) No 1049/2001), will treat the information that you provide as confidential. EU rules on access to documents allow the Commission to withhold access to a document where disclosure would undermine the commercial interests of a natural or legal person or harm the EU's relations with third countries, unless there is an overriding public interest in disclosure.

Please send your replies at the latest until 19 February 2018 to the following e-mail address: trade-industry@ec.europa.eu.

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