DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

  • Original Passport with proper Visa
  • Immigrant Visa
  • Migration Certificate, issued at destination by Migration Police
  • Work contract valid for more than one year (foreigners with non-immigrant working visa)
  • Inventory (in Spanish) must be legalized at origin by Consulate of Ecuador
  • Ecuadorian citizens returning after a minimum of one (1) year of legal residence abroad require a resident visa from the country they are moving from

CUSTOMS REGULATIONS

  •  ALL HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECT SHIPMENTS MUST BE INSPECTED AT ORIGIN BEFORE EMBARKATION.  LACK OF PRE-INSPECTION WILL RESULT IN RETURN OF HOUSEHOLD GOODS AND PERSONAL EFFECTS TO PORT OF ORIGIN AT SHIPPER'S EXPENSE.  PLEASE CONSULT WITH THE ECUADORIAN DESTINATION AGENT FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.
  • Diplomatic shipments are excluded from the above requirements.   
  • Customer must be in Ecuador at time of customs clearance.
  • Any cost incurred for obtaining this certificate is not included in the door-to-door cost of the move, and is for the Customer’s account
  • Shipments for foreigners, immigrants and returning nationals must arrive within 60 days of the Customer
  • Foreigners and immigrants can import household goods duty free, contingent on the issue of a visa valid for over one year
  • Used household goods and personal effects are duty-free for:
    • Foreign diplomats
    • Ecuadorian diplomats
    • Ecuadorians retiring from official assignments in international organizations
  • Ecuadorians with at least one (1) year abroad are allowed duty free entry of household goods.
  • All shipper may import one electric appliance. (Any extras may be dutiable)
  • Shipments on which all conditions are not fulfilled will be subject to payment of import taxes (approx. 43% of CIF value, calculated by Customs after inspection)

DUTIABLE/RESTRICTED ITEMS

  • New items and shipments in excess of a certain valuation are subject to duties
  • Electrical appliances must not be shipped with original packing
  • Limited quantities of alcoholic beverages and tobacco products may be allowed
  • Only one of each item allowed, additional items subject to payment of duties

 PROHIBITED ITEMS

  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Drugs and narcotics
  • Pornographic material
  • Foodstuffs and live plants

MOTOR VEHICLES

  • Importation of used vehicles is prohibited
  • To import a motor vehicle, it must be brand new, and it must be inspected at origin before embarkation (even if it is sharing a container with household goods)
  • Motor vehicles are subject to duties (approx. 65% of CIF value)
  • Previous authorization from the Ministry of Finance required before new vehicle is shipped from origin

PETS

  • May import up to three pets
  • Documents required:
    • Health Certificate
    • Vaccine Certificate

NOTES

Customs clearance process takes approximately 4-5 weeks in Guayaquil and approximately 2 weeks in Quito.