Chile, one of the United States’ strongest partners in Latin America, has maintained a robust democracy for the last 29 years including respect for the rule of law and a focus on economic stability, education, environmental protection, human rights, and development. From 1973 to 1990, Chile was ruled by a military government that came to power in a coup. The U.S. Government applauded and supported the rebirth of democratic practices in Chile in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Providing U.S. citizen services, helping maintain a vibrant, inclusive democracy and a healthy and sustainable economy that benefits all Chileans are among the most important U.S. interests in Chile.
Bilateral Economic Relations
The U.S.-Chile FTA eliminates tariffs, reduces barriers to trade in services, provides protection for intellectual property, ensures regulatory transparency, guarantees nondiscrimination in the trade of digital products, commits the parties to maintain competition laws that prohibit anticompetitive business conduct, and requires effective labor and environmental enforcement.