The safety and security industry in Chile grew approximately 14% during 2011.
Safety and Security
A Top Export Prospect for Chile
In USD millions 2010 2011
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)
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
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
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
The current administration continues to assign a high priority to crime reduction. ATM
machine robbery, vehicle theft, and frequent store break-ins at night.
• Ministry of Interior: www.inerior.gob.cl
• Chilean Police: www.carabineros.cl
• Investigative Police: www.policia.cl
• National Council of Firefighters: www.bomberos.cl
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