SAG inspects all ships, including the following:
- Cruise ships
- Lightering ships
- Container ships
- Merchant ships
- Training ships
- Passenger ships.
Before a ship enters a Chilean port, the shipping agency must complete the Notice of Arrival and send it to the SAG office that has jurisdiction over the ship’s port of entry. The Notice of Arrival must be sent to SAG both for the first port of entry into Chile and following ports of call in Chile, for which the shipping agency must download and fill out the attached document.
The options sending this document are the following:
- Physical delivery during working hours to the corresponding SAG facility.
- By fax to the SAG office at the port of entry or to the corresponding SAG area office at least 48 hours before arrival of the ship and during the working hours displayed for each SAG office.
- By email, as an attachment. However, the shipping agency representative must telephone to check that the message was received by SAG staff.
Once the ship’s Notice of Arrival has been received, ship reception takes place. Once this has been completed, the inspector will proceed to examine the means of transport, consisting of inspection of the ship, holds, and stores, the deck and trash receptacles.
During inspection the SAG inspector will determine the pertinent steps to be taken if risk products that require quarantine are detected.
SAG will confirm the implementation of quarantine measures determined during the reception and inspection of the ship. If they are breached, an Infraction and Summons Notice will be delivered to the person responsible for the means of transport, who will be fined for an amount of up to US$ 4500 (reference value established by law).