Safety and Security

An Expert's View about Electrical, Measuring and Testing Equipment in Chile

Posted on: 12 Jul 2012

The safety and security industry in Chile grew approximately 14% during 2011.

Safety and Security A Top Export Prospect for Chile June 2012 Overview 2012 2013 In USD millions 2010 2011 (estimated) (estimated) Total Market Size 175 199 227 258 Total Local Production 7 8 9 10 Total Exports 11 13 15 18 Total Imports 179 204 233 266 Imports from the U.S. 43 51 58 66 Exchange Rate: 1 USD 500 484 486 489 Total Market Size = (Total Local Production + Total Imports) – (Total Exports) Data Sources: Total Local Production: Chile Customs Data, industry experts and elaboration Total Exports: Chile Customs Data Total Imports: Chile Customs Data Imports from U.S.: Chile Customs Data The safety and security industry in Chile grew approximately 14% during 2011, and according to industry contacts, the same growth is expected in 2012. The market share for 2011 imports was: China 30%, followed by the United States with 25%, and Germany with 4%. These figures include security equipment and devices used in the construction of residential, commercial, and industrial compounds, firefighting, and safety devices. China’s market share can be explained both by the price factor and the China-Chile Free Trade Agreement, enacted a couple of years after the US-Chile FTA, in place since 2004. President Piñera recently announced a framework law for firefighters, mandating the state to provide them with a dedicated annual budget. The law highlights the relevance of the service provided by firefighters during emergencies, giving them the resources to upgrade their equipment. Sub-Sector Best Prospects Access control, parking systems, fire detectors, sprinklers systems, extrication equipment, firefighting suits, alarms and monitoring, CCTV, outdoor perimeter protection, locks, safes, sensors, vehicle protection, and general safety gear for industrial use are currently on demand. Opportunities Opportunities continue to be present in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. For example, there are numerous shopping malls under construction that will require security Top US rt 2 Expo Prospects in Chile 2012: Safety and Security equipment. At the same time, the administration is facing the need to supply the police with modern crowd control equipment, due to increased demonstrations. High priority is placed in upgrading the prison system because of inmate overcrowding. Accordingly, there is a second concessions program for the construction of penitentiary compounds. The current administration continues to assign a high priority to crime reduction. ATM machine robbery, vehicle theft, and frequent store break-ins at night. Web Resources • Ministry of Interior: • Chilean Police: • Investigative Police: • National Council of Firefighters: Back to top For More Information Please contact Veronica Pinto, Commercial Specialist for the safety and security sector at the U.S. Commercial Service in Chile at or (56) 2-330-3369. You can also visit our website at The U.S. Commercial Service — Your Global Business Partner With its network of offices across the United States and in more than 70 countries, the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce utilizes its global presence and international marketing expertise to help U.S. companies sell their products and services worldwide. Locate the U.S. Commercial Service trade specialist in the U.S. nearest you by visiting Disclaimer: The information provided in this report is intended to be of assistance to U.S. exporters. While we make every effort to ensure its accuracy, neither the United States government nor any of its employees make any representation as to the accuracy or completeness of information in this or any other United States government document. Readers are advised to independently verify any information prior to reliance thereon. The information provided in this report does not constitute legal advice. The Commercial Service reference to or inclusion of material by a non-U.S. Government entity in this document is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an endorsement by the Commercial Service of the entity, its materials, or its products or services International copyright, U.S. Department of Commerce, 2012. All rights reserved outside of the United States.
Posted: 12 July 2012

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