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important information about cargo Shipping to Ecuador

Cargo Shipping To Ecuador

Ecuador is an important country for international shipping to South America. The country’s biggest city, Guayaquil, is also home to a large shipping port, the Port of Guayaquil. Other shipping ports in Ecuador include the Port of Manta and the Port of La Libertad.

If you are cargo shipping to Ecuador, you are allowed to ship personal items and household goods duty free if you are a diplomat of a foreign country. You can also ship personal effects and household items duty free to Ecuador if you are a diplomat or a citizen of Ecuador returning after completing some type of work assignment for an international organization that is officially recognized by the government of Ecuador.

If you are a citizen of Ecuador returning after having lived outside of the country for a year or more, and you have a resident visa from the country where you having been living, you are also allowed to ship household items back to Ecuador without paying duty fees.

If you are not a citizen of Ecuador but are a foreigner with an immigrant visa or a foreigner to the country with a non-immigrant working visa, you may also qualify for free shipping on personal effects and household items. An experienced cargo shipping company like Cargo Experts can give you more details and information on this depending on your unique situation.

When shipping personal items to Ecuador, you can only ship one item per article. If you are interested in shipping additional items of the same equipment or good, you may be required to pay certain duty fees, fines and taxes.

If you are returning citizen to Ecuador, you do not qualify for duty free import if you have been in Ecuador for more than thirty days during the past year of residence abroad.

The timing of your shipment to Ecuador is extremely important. Your shipment should arrive up to 60 days after arrive in Ecuador.

If you are cargo shipping to Ecuador and you do not meet the qualifications detailed above, you may have to pay certain fees and taxes (approximately 43% of CIF value, as determined by customs officials).

If you are moving overseas and are shipping household goods and personal items to Ecuador, your shipment may likely be inspected by customs officials. If it is valued at over $4,000 it should be inspected at origin before shipping to Ecuador. Verification and documentation of this inspection is extremely important.

When shipping to Ecuador, make sure you have a transportation insurance policy in Ecuador. This is for customs purposes in Ecuador and does not replace the coverage of standard door to door shipping insurance issued at your country of origin.

Required Paperwork when Shipping to Ecuador

In order to get through the customs clearance process in Ecuador, you should plan to get some important documentation prepared. Before shipping to Ecuador, you need to have a sworn declaration of your items stamped by an Ecuadorian Consulate at origin. It is extremely important that you provide a detailed and complete list of the household goods, personal items, all equipment or appliances, and any other items that you are shipping to Ecuador.

For non-resident visitors to Ecuador, make sure you have a valid work contract. If you are a resident returning to Ecuador, it is important to have your resident visa from the country where you have been living for at least a year.

If required, you can obtain a Migratory Certificate from the Migration Police in Ecuador prior to presentation of your customs declaration in the country.

The following documents are necessary when shipping to Ecuador:
  1. Passport
  2. Transportation Insurance Policy
  3. Verification Certificate (when applicable)
With the exception of foreign diplomats, a detailed physical inspection of your goods at the port of entry is mandatory when shipping to Ecuador.

Restrictions when Shipping to Ecuador

If you are cargo shipping to Ecuador, there are certain rules and restrictions on a number of goods including:
  • Foods
  • Drugs or Narcotics
  • Pornography
  • Plants
  • Firearms
  • Ammunition
  • Vehicle Tires
In addition, certain Household Appliances which operate with compressed gas containing CFCs or with fluids type R-12 or R-502 are strictly prohibited in Ecuador. This includes some freezers, refrigerators, dehumidifiers, and other appliances.

There are some very specific restrictions on alcohol and cigarettes when shipping to Ecuador.

Shipping a Car to Ecuador

Typically you cannot ship used cars or other vehicles to Ecuador unless you are a foreign diplomat. If you want to ship a car or vehicle to Ecuador, the vehicle should be new.

Before shipping a car to Ecuador, your car will need to be inspected at your country of origin. This is a requirement, even if you are shipping a car to Ecuador in a shipping container with other household goods.

In addition, before shipping a vehicle to Ecuador, make sure you get an import permit (before shipping). It is also important to note that duty fees for shipping a vehicle to Ecuador are around 65% if the CIF value.

There is a lot to think about before shipping cargo to Ecuador or some other South American destination or shipping port across the globe. A professional cargo shipping company like Cargo Experts will help you navigate all of the country-specific rules, regulations, paperwork and logistics.

Choosing the right international sea shipping agency can help make your experience with international shipping to Ecuador much easier. You can get a fast and free freight quote for shipping to Ecuador, or you can call toll free 1- 866-994-7822 for more information about international shipping worldwide.

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