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New System Of Processing Customs Destination Certificates For Medical Devices Without A Sanitary Registration

Author:Mr Ignacio Gillmore, Patricio Laporta and Javiera Péndola

As of July 2, a Customs Destination Certificate (CDA, in its Spanish acronym) will be required for medical devices1 that do not have a sanitary registration to be imported into Chile.

The CDA must be requested and obtained by the importer through the Institute of Public Health's (ISP, id.) GICONA 2.0 electronic platform, and will require the payment of an official fee corresponding to the service code 4111027, "Customs Destination Certificate, law 18,164".

Importers of medical devices who are currently registered in the GICONA 2.0 platform may access the CDA-request process by entering the module "Foreign Trade/Imports" (Comercio Exterior/Importación), and selecting the option "Medical Devices without Sanitary Registration" (Dispositivos Médicos sin Registro Obligatorio).

Importers that are not current users of the system will be required to register in the GICONA 2.0 system. This entails identifying as a company or as a natural person, registering a warehouse where the imported medical devices will be stored, and obtaining a password2.

Pursuant to Circular 225 of April 6, 2018, issued by the National Customs Service (SNA, id)3, medical devices without a sanitary registration are associated with specific customs codes, which are - in turn - linked to internal ISP codes (currently codes DM-00001 to DM-10072), which are grouped as follows4:

Grouped products (customs code) 30.06 Pharmaceutical goods 34.07 Modelling pastes, waxes or compounds for dental impression; plaster-based preparations for odontology 33.06 Preparations for oral and dental hygiene, including denture fixative pastes and powders; dental floss 38.22 Diagnostic or laboratory reagents; certified reference materials 40.14 Hygienic or pharmaceutical articles (including bottle nipples), of vulcanized rubber other than hard rubber 87.13 Wheelchairs and other vehicles for disabled persons, whether or not motorized or otherwise mechanically propelled 87.14 Spare parts and accessories for vehicles classified in 87.11 to 87.13 90.01 Optical fibers; sheets and plates of polarizing material; lenses (including contact lenses), optical elements 90.11 Optical microscopes, including for photomicrograph, cinephotomicrograph, or microprojection 90.18 Medicine, surgery, dental or veterinary...

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