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Measures Taken by the National Customs Service Regarding Covid-19
Carey, July 2020

Regulation Considering the Covid-19 pandemic and Chile's declaration of a State of Disaster, the National Customs Service (Servicio Nacional de Aduanas, "SNA") has issued certain regulations to facilitate foreign and domestic trade operations electronically and to protect the health of all people involved in its operations. Below you will find a description of the regulations currently in force and effect: A. Circular Letter No...

Mining Safety Guide on Contingency Plans for Staff Reduction, Production Detentions or Slowdown of Operations
Carey, June 2020

Due to the reduction to the minimum necessary staff that works in mining operations and, consequently, to the reduction of their capacity to react in the event of incidents or operational accidents,a guide for preparing contingency plans with measures to prevent these risks was approved. (Guide: Exempt Resolution No...

The Commission for the Financial Market Dictates General Rule No. 443 that Exempts from the Presentation of Certain Documents in the Submissions Presented to the CMF for the Registration of Public Offers of Securities and Amends General Rule No. 30
Carey, June 2020

The Commission for the Financial Market (“CMF”), issued the General Rule No. 443, dated June 15, 2020 (the “NCG 443”), in order to establish the requirements to temporarily exempt from the presentation of certain documentation in the applications for registration of public offers of securities, and to permanently amend the General Rule No...

Platform "I want to exit" is Implemented to Speed up the Termination of Contracts with Telecommunication Providers
Carey, June 2020

  On June 11, 2020, the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications, the Ministry of Economy and the National Consumer Service ("Sernac") announced the implementation of the "I want to exit" platform, in order to enable telecommunications users to terminate contracts with telecommunications service providers in an expeditious manner...

Law N21,240 that Modifies the Criminal Code and Law 20.393, to Sanction the Infringement of Isolation or Other Preventive Measures Issued by Sanitary Authorities, in the Context of a Pandemic or Epidemic
Carey, June 2020

On June 20th., it was published Law N°21.240, bill which was approved last Wednesday 17th by the Congress. The New Law increases sanctions for the infringement of quarantines and sets forth responsibility for Employees and Legal Entities. Article 318 of the Criminal Code punishes anyone who “jeopardizes public health by the infringement of hygienic and sanitary norms properly published by the authority, in the context of a catastrophe, pandemic or contagion...

Law No. 21,236 on Financial Portability is Published in the Diario Oficial
Carey, June 2020

On June 3, 2020, the President of the Republic enacted the law that governs the financial portability, which was published in the Diario Oficial today, June 9, 2020 (the “Law”), whose main provisions can be summarized as follows: I. Scope The Law sets an inalienable right to the financial portability for the “Clients”, i.e...

NEC Exempt Resolution No. 176 that Determines the Scope on the Exclusive Business Purpose of Energy Distribution Companies
Carey, June 2020

The National Energy Commission (“NEC”) issued on May 29, 2020 the Exempt Resolution No. 176 (“NEC ER 176”) that determines the scope on the exclusive business purpose and separate accountings of energy distribution companies, for the provision of the energy distribution public service according to what was set in Law No. 21,194. The NEC ER 176 was published in the Official Gazette on June 9, 2020...

Agricultural and Livestock Service Issues Regulations to Adapt the Availability of its Services Regarding the Program of Exports of Origin During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Carey, June 2020

Considering the Covid-19 pandemic, the Agriculture and Livestock Service (Servicio Agrícola y Ganadero, "SAG") issued the Exempt Resolution No. 3,439, dated May 19, 2020 to update the Program of Exports of Origin. (View update here.) This Resolution was published in the Official Gazette on June 10, 2020...

New Instructions for Movement Permits for Essential Workers
Carey, June 2020

According to the announcements of the authority in recent days, the new instructions for movement permits (hereinafter “Instructions”) were published on June 12, which will be effective as of Monday, June 15 at 05:00 am. The main modifications introduced by this new version of the instructions are the following: 1. Types of collective permits...

CORFO Creates Green Credit to Boost Investment in Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Circular Economy Projects.
Carey, June 2020

On June 11, 2020, Resolution No. 29/2020 (“RES 29”) of the Chilean Economic Development Agency (“CORFO”), which approved the regulations that will govern the “Green Credit” program, was published in the Official Gazette. The RES 29 aims to endorse the investment in renewable energy projects during the economic contingency arising post Covid-19. (https://www.corfo.cl/sites/cpp/sala_de_prensa/nacional/10_06_2020_corfo_crea_credito_verde)...

SERNAC Begins the Process of Monitoring Compliance with Law No. 20,009 which Limits Users' Liability for Fraud
Carey, June 2020

New Law No. 21,234, which amends and replaces Law No. 20,009, entered into force on May 29th, 2020. This norm aims to provide more protection to consumers and extending the liability of financial institutions against payment card and electronic transaction fraud...

Law No.21,234: Modifies the Criminal Offence of Fraudulent Use of Payment Cards and Electronic Transactions
Carey, June 2020

On May 29th, 2020, Law No. 21,234 was enacted (the"New Law"), amending and replacing completely Law No. 20,009, which establishes the “Regime of limitation of liability for users, of unauthorized use of means of payment”, expanding its scope of application, establishing a new liability regime for and a new catalogue of conducts which constitute the criminal offence of “fraudulent use of payment cards and electronic transactions”. Modifies Law No...

Law No. 21,232 that Amends Law No. 21,227, Which Authorizes Access to the Benefits of the Unemployment Insurance under Law No. 19,728 in Exceptional Circumstances, in the Matters it Indicates
Carey, June 2020

On April 6, 2020, Law No. 21,227 entered into effect, authorizing access to the benefits of the unemployment insurance in the context of the sanitary crisis caused by Covid-19 (hereinafter, the “Law on Employment Protection” or “LEP”). In order to improve the practical application and implementation of the aforementioned act, on June 1, 2020, Law No...

Commission for the Financial Market Pronounces Regarding the Scope of the Application and Effects of the New Article 30 of Law No. 21,227 - Covid Unemployment Insurance Law
Carey, June 2020

The Commission for the Financial Market (“ CMF ”), on May 28, 2020, has issued the Official Letter No. 22,260 (the “ Official Letter ”) in response to the pronouncement request sent by the Treasury Minister of the Chilean Government, Mr Ignacio Briones Rojas, to clarify the scope of the enforcement and the effects of the new article 30 of Law No. 21,227, which empowers the access to the unemployment insurance benefits provided in Law No...

Suspension of Electoral Processes and Extension of the Union Directors' Office
Carey, June 2020

On May 29th, 2020, Law Nr. 21,235 which temporarily suspends electoral processes in labor unions, extending the term of union leaders and delegates’ office (hereinafter, the “Law”), was published in the Chilean Official Gazette...

Circular No. 38 and Resolution No. 56: Tax Authority Gives Instructions on the Temporary Reduction of the Stamp Tax Rate
Carey, June 2020

On May 25, 2020, the Chilean IRS issued instructions on the temporary decrease to 0% of the Stamp Tax rate accrued between April 1 and September 30, 2020 (the "0% Rate Term"). In general terms, the Circular establishes the following: Although this is a transitory decrease, it benefits extensions and renewals made during the 0% Rate Term, which are linked to documents originally granted and taxed. This represents a change of criteria by the Chilean IRS...

Circular No. 32 Issued by the Chilean IRS: Tax Treatment of Expenses Incurred due to Covid-19
Carey, May 2020

On April 29, 2020, the Chilean IRS issued instructions regarding the tax treatment of expenses incurred in connection with the health emergency caused by Covid-19. Additionally, the Tax Authority refers to the general requirements for all expenses and the tax treatment of some donations. I. Regarding the general requirements on deduction of expenses In accordance with Article 31 of the Income Tax Law, recently amended by Law No...

Modification of Decree N 466, of 1984, of the Ministry of Health, Which Approves the Regulation in the Matter of Electronic Commerce of Medicines
Carey, May 2020

On May 7, 2020, the amendment to Decree No. 466 was published in the Official Gazette, which approves the Regulation of Pharmacies, Drugstores and other pharmaceutical establishments, regarding the sale of medicines through electronic means. Particularly, article 8 of said Decree is modified, in order to allow the electronic sale of medicines in pharmacies, incorporating the following sentence: "Pharmacies may dispense medicines through electronic means...

Sernapesca Adopts New Measures to Contain the Impact of COVID-19 in the Salmon Industry
Carey, May 2020

The National Fisheries and Aquaculture Service (“Sernapesca”) has issued a series of resolutions. Resolutions No 672/2020 , No 725/2020 and No 805/2020 - that incorporate new measures to those indicated in Resolution No. 565 dated March 16, 2020 which authorized the adoption of certain measures in salmon farming centers in the context of COVID-19...

New Measures Taken by the Chilean Authority Against the Pandemic
Carey, May 2020

I. Update of sanitary measures published this week in the Official Gazette On Wednesday, May 13, Resolution No. 341 of the Ministry of Health was published, which provides for a series of sanitary measures, among which the following stand out, since they modify measures that have been implemented to date: Any concentration of more than 50 people in a certain place, regardless of its nature, or whether it takes place in open or closed spaces, is forbidden...

Amendment to New Regulation on Maritime Concessions: Inclusion of Electronic Administrative Procedure as of June 2020
Carey, May 2020

I. Background On March 4, 2020, Supreme Decree (the “SD”) Nr. 183, issued by the Ministry of National Defense, Undersecretary for the Armed Forces, was published in the Official Gazette (the “Amendment”), which amended SD Nr. 9, the New Regulation on Maritime Concessions (the “New Regulation”), which in turn substituted the previous regulation contained in SD Nr. 2 of 2005, issued by the former Undersecretary of Navy.   II...

Financial Market Commission Issues Regulation Regarding the Treatment of Provisions and Information Requirements for Covid-19 Loans
Carey, May 2020

These provisions will apply until October 31th, 2021. The Financial Market Commission (CMF) reports that its Council approved on April 30th, 2020 a regulation (Circular No. 2,252), containing provisions for banks with regard to Covid-19 loans from the Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium-Sized Companies (FOGAPE)...

Subsecretary of Fishing and Aquaculture Extends Plantation Terms and Provides Recommendations to Operate
Carey, May 2020

In the context of COVID-19, the Undersecretary of Fishing and Aquaculture (Subpesca) issued Resolution No. 1068 (Res. 1068), which provides the extension in a month, of the terms for sanitary rests and harvest regulated in articles 23 Ñ and 23 R of Supreme Decree No. 319/2001, Sanitary Regulation for Aquaculture, in all farming centers. Recommendations In addition, by means of Res...

New Temporary Measures Implemented by the National Institute of Industrial Property (CLPTO) due to National Pandemic Contingency for COVID-19
Carey, May 2020

On April 30, 2020, the CLPTO announced the temporary application of new measures issued in relation to deadlines, procedures and legal requirements in administrative and contentious processes, with the aim of facilitating the compliance of legal obligations by applicants and users. Previously, the CLPTO had granted ex officio, through the Exempt Resolution No...

Operation of Chilean Courts of Law Due to COVID-19
Carey, April 2020

Due to the health emergency triggered by COVID-19, various measures that affect the normal operation of the courts of law, have been decreed and adopted by each of the Courts: The Chilean Supreme Court has issued various instructions, all of which may be checked at https://www.pjud.cl/noticias-emergencia-sanitaria, underscoring, among others: Favoring teleworking for judges, court officials and attorneys-at-law. Suspending customer service...

 

 

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