Economy, Foreign Trade
important exports, international trade organizations, MERCOSUR, LAIA, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
In 2000 total annual exports were valued at $18.2 billion. Metals and mineral ores typically constitute nearly half of the export total. Other important exports include fruits and vegetables, wood pulp and paper products, and chemicals. In 2000 imports were valued at $18.1 billion. Principal imports are machinery and transportation equipment, electric equipment, mineral products, and chemicals. Chile’s chief trading partners for exports are Japan, Brazil, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Italy. Principal sources for imports are the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Japan, Germany, Mexico, and Italy.
Chile is a member of several international trade organizations, including the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Latin American Integration Association (LAIA). Chile is also an associate member of Southern Cone Common Market (known by its Spanish acronym, MERCOSUR).
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