The Chilean government has recently required certain cargoes imported into Chilean ports to be fumigated. The Chilean Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG) now requires that any second-hand clothes, toys, vehicles or similar used merchandise must be fumigated. The intention of this new rule is to avoid the entry of the Halyomorhpa Halys, a fruit fly, that is allegedly present in China, Korea, Taiwan, Japan and the United States.

As a result of the SAG’s resolution (available only in Spanish, click here for a copy), please be advised that all used vehicles and machinery coming from the aforementioned countries must carry an original phytosanitary treatment certificate, which must be presented to a SAG inspector at the Chilean seaport.

The fumigation certificate must contain the following information:

1- Name of the company that performed the fumigation treatment
2- Name and address of the exporter
3- Date on which the treatment was performed (with a maximum of five days prior to loading on the vessel).
4- Information on the treated article with details on the type of fumigant and amount used.
5- Details on the treatment itself including information on the applied product, dosage, temperature at time of process performed and exposure time.

If the cargo is intercepted with the pest, or if the shipment’s treatment certificate does not comply with the minimum standards, the cargo will be rejected, reshipped to origination, and the cost will be charged by Seaboard Marine to the responsible party.

This new regulation will directly impact those U.S. exporters of used trucks, vehicles, buses, mining equipment, tractors and other machinery. The cost of fumigation is always to the account of the shipper. Seaboard Marine, though, is working with our customers to help obtain local fumigation resources to meet this new SAG requirement. If you should need further assistance, please contact Seaboard Marine’s South American Division in the Miami office at 305.863.4540 or the Houston office at 713-821-7411.