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transferring funds from us to chile

Postby hugeh2o » Tue Dec 09, 2008 2:15 pm

I have an account with Banco Estado and am preoccupied with the legalities of transferrring US dollars from my US bank account.
Can someone advise regarding the laws, procedures, amounts, and taxes?

Thanks for any advice. David
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Re: transferring funds from us to chile

Postby MikieO » Tue Dec 09, 2008 5:23 pm

If you have already set it up with your bank, as in signed all the papers and given them a copy of your passport, DNA sample etc etc :mrgreen:
then you are good to go. Taxes? why should you need to worry about taxes, unless this isn't "post tax" income? If you use your Chilean account to gain interest, you may need to think about that though.
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Re: transferring funds from us to chile

Postby eeuunikkeiexpat » Tue Dec 09, 2008 6:40 pm

Legalities?

Bankwire, USA bank account to Chile bank account, none on the USA side as the bank files any needed reporting paperwork. Chile side, search the forum on others experiences. Maybe depending on the size, you will need to prove or attest that the funds are from a legitimate source.
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Re: transferring funds from us to chile

Postby j. Ro » Tue Dec 09, 2008 8:12 pm

My wife just wire transferred 1 300 000 back to her Chilean bank account to clear up some debts that she had. No problems at the Canadian bank, but the Chilean bank needed a letter from her saying where the money came from and what it was for.

Not to much of a hassle, but that is what we had to do. It was actually pretty straight forward. But watch out for the holds at the Chilean banks... she transferred the money and send the letter the same day. Yet there was a 10 day hold on the funds in Chile, and I think the fee worked out to be $35.

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Re: transferring funds from us to chile

Postby helibel » Tue Dec 09, 2008 10:34 pm

To put it in perspective, I just deposited a large stateside check in a Puerto Rican account and the bank negotiated a twelve day hold, down from twenty days on the availability of funds. $35 dollars is the usual fee, out bound for any transfer and the incoming fee runs 15 -25 bucks even stateside. We are a US territory/colony not even very far off shore!
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Re: transferring funds from us to chile

Postby admin » Wed Dec 10, 2008 10:24 am

Under Chilean law you need to prove where the money is coming from and where it is going for amounts over $10,000. Now banks will have different ways of implementing that in Chile, and they will not request the documentation all transactions.

In general the most we have ever been asked to produce for a client is a letter from the originating bank stating they are a client in good standing, and copy of the statement showing the transaction being issued. On what the funds are for that is fairly easy. For example, with property purchases we show the power of attorney or title. They often will accept living expenses as a reason, as long as the funds are not absurd. For example, 200 million pesos is a lot of living expenses in Chile. 10 million pesos would be more reasonable.

Getting the funds cleared fast however is typically a function of your relationship with the international wire desk. We typically can clear money laundering comity reviews in 1-3 days after the wire arrives in Chile. Sometimes they get hung in the bureaucracy for up to 5 days.
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Re: transferring funds from us to chile

Postby JaX_Chile » Thu Feb 05, 2009 8:19 am

I understand I need to keep my wire transfers under $10k... how often can I send a wire under 10k and not cause problems for myself? I mean to get my money to Chile, can I send 10k a week, a month?

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Re: transferring funds from us to chile

Postby admin » Thu Feb 05, 2009 9:01 am

It is cumulative. If you send say 3 million pesos, 5 times month, they are going to start kicking them to money laundering review.

There was recently a big scandal in the banking industry, and they have all clamped down hard. Banco Estado is now automatically kicking any transaction to committee review over $50,000 dollars, and from time to time asking for more information regarding people associated with the funds. Committee review seems to be taking a lot longer because of this. Keep in mind, until it passes committee, they don't liquidate. So pray the exchange rate forces are with you.
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Re: transferring funds from us to chile

Postby Brasstacks » Wed Jul 01, 2009 7:21 am

WOW! What a forum! Do all of these rules apply to EU transfers? My Transfers are usually about 5000E per every six months. I do know that if you transfer over 750 US Dollars by wire transfer that is logged in with the International financial crime information center and proper tax authorities. If over 10,000 US Dollars then a Cash transaction Report is made,in addition, to the proper tax authorities. I am amazed that innocent people suffer so much because of the transgressions of so few.
Do these rules and cumbersome time delays apply to checks??
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Re: transferring funds from us to chile

Postby casey » Fri Aug 28, 2009 8:02 pm

We didn't know about the 10,000 limit and last week we wired $US 10,710 from NZ. It hasn't arrived. Does this mean that it has gotten stuck in Chile or in the US (Citibank was the intermediary bank, and Santander was meant to be the receiving bank). The money is being wired into an auto dealer's account to pay for a car. The dealer is Roberto at Caldo-Santi in Las Condes.

Any advice? How long will it take if it has gotten stuck in the money laundering check, and does this occur in the US or in Chile? If it's at Roberto's bank, would a phone call to the bank's headquarters speed things up? We don't want him to keep our $US 400 deposit and sell the car because the money hasn't arrived.
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Re: transferring funds from us to chile

Postby MikieO » Fri Aug 28, 2009 11:12 pm

The dealer is Roberto at Caldo-Santi in Las Condes


Ohhhhhhhhhhhh, Roberto again, don't hold your breath........................................................................................ :mrgreen:
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Re: transferring funds from us to chile

Postby casey » Sat Aug 29, 2009 12:16 pm

Mike O:

Do you have something concrete to say about Roberto at Caldo-Santi, or are you just winding?

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