Chile, often referred to as ‘Land of Poets’ owing to its literary roots and Nobel Laureates in poetry, is one of the fastest growing markets in Latin America. Historically, Chile has been able to reasonably steer clear of political turbulence as compared to other countries in the region. The country also has to its credit the achievement of significantly reducing poverty in the past decade. Setting the benchmark of political and financial transparency in the region, Chile also opens up multiple opportunities for businesses and consequently, for logistics companies.
One of the key reasons why Chile has continued to be a growing market is its stable economic system and clear laws for multinational companies to operate and do business in Chile. Add to it the advantage of a burgeoning logistics sector, and business can benefit from the tremendous potential to expand horizons to countries and markets like neighbouring Argentina and Peru, or even across the globe.
Logistics driven by industry and geography
Chile’s major exports include copper, wood, fruit, wine, paper/cellulose and salmon, while its major import products comprise of oil and minerals, natural gas, meat, vegetable oils, and consumers goods. A thrust of the country’s efforts has been directed towards reducing its dependence on copper exports. The resulting focus on a number of other industries sets the stage for global logistics companies like ECU Worldwide to step in and offer seamless logistics and cargo transportation solutions.
“Being among the top logistics companies in Chile, ECU Worldwide Chile offers businesses the dual advantage of a global network and teams of experienced professionals ensuring local expertise at both, origin and destination ends. We are in a position to create synergies and offer logistics solutions with a seamlessness that most others cannot match. Our wide customer base across diverse industry verticals is a testimony to our capabilities in transporting all sizes and types or cargo including even Dangerous Goods (DG) or Over-Dimensional Cargo (ODC) across the country and world”, says Noel Arnauts, Country Manager, ECU Worldwide Chile.
The logistics sector in Chile is characterized by a well-organized, modern trucking system, high-tech warehouses, and customs procedures that enable simpler, more effective trade relations with various countries in the region. While rail logistics is still concentrated only around the capital, Santiago, road logistics, on the contrary, is very well-organized. There is an excellent network of highways and connections to cities all across Chile.
Geographically, Chile is a very long but not wide country. This has driven the need for robust air connections between Chile’s Northern-most country Arica and Southern city Punta Arenas, covering all the major cities along the 5000 km-long distance.
Bolstering Chile’s logistics sector with access to a global network
Chile has the most direct cargo and passenger connection to and from Europe, USA, Oceania, Dubai, Central and South America. To help businesses leverage these and expand horizons, it works well to partner with a global logistics services provider whose network spans more than 180 countries with door-to-door deliveries available in over 57 of them.
Banking on this network and its more than 2400 direct trade lanes for LCL, ECU Worldwide offers Chilean customers seamless cargo transportation to almost every corner of the world. When it comes to ocean freight, ECU Worldwide Chile has been and continues to lead the market in LCL exports with 13 direct sailings and hubs in all strategic ports like Miami, Antwerp, Hamburg, Barcelona, Manzanillo, San Jose, Hong Kong and Busan offering fast transportation services to most destinations worldwide. ECU Worldwide’s Chile is also among the top providers of export services, offering seamless end-to-end solutions, transparent pricing and operations and an approach to collaboratively solve customers’ problems while catering to their business supply chain and logistics requirements.
For 25 years now, ECU Worldwide Chile has been bolstering global supply chains with seamless cargo transportation from its office in Santiago, the capital of Chile where 75% of all business gets done. Adding to its strengths are strategic partners in the North and South of the country who ensure that the market is well-covered and ECU Worldwide Chile’s impeccable services are readily available for all businesses right from multinationals to SMEs.
Leading the way with customer-centricity digital technology
Chile still does not have 100% unified customs procedures in the whole country and this often creates challenges for customers. Additionally, many times documents are required in Spanish and English documents are not enough. But with a global logistics company like ECU Worldwide, all this is taken care of and customers get complete peace of mind to focus on their business.
In keeping with the move to digitalization, ECU Worldwide Chile offers customers the convenience of conducting business 24x7 at their own convenience using its state-of-the-art online platform ECU360 v2.0. Its numerous features like instant door-to-door quotes, quick bookings, and ready access to information allow customers to ship with just a click!
ECU Worldwide Chile is set apart by its approach to work as a partner of its customers and truly add value to their business with the right solutions, timely and accurate communication and flexibility to adapt its operations for greater success in this new normal.