In Australia, you can buy online from a foreign country up to $1,000 and it is exempt from local VAT when it arrives to Aus. I have read in the USA it is $200, and in UK/Ireland it is something like $30.
However, in the UK/Ireland, some packages get through without customs hitting you with the VAT charge. It is quite hit and miss...I have read that in Ireland customs usually ignore anything with a value of less than 100euro as they simply don´t have the time to go through every single package to then apply the local VAT and then hold the goods for you until you come in and make this payment.
I was just wondering if anybody knows the law here? If I buy something from say USA for $50 via ebay, will I get hit? What if its $200? Does Chile have any thresholds like other countries? Also based on experience, do some goods get in without customs hitting you for the IVA even if its over these thresholds?