Documents Required, Customs Regulations and Restricted Items to Bring to Ecuador

Okay, I know this looks like a LOT of information. But don’t worry. It’s actually pretty easy in the end. You’ll get it all and it will seem like nothing. The most overwhelming part of moving out of the country is the paperwork! You got this, and above all, Romaine Calm! My husband and I were doing this, sent all our documents in to be apostilled, got them back fast, and then realized they might expire! What! So we talked to our lawyer and he said, “Yes, they expire in 6 months.” So, that’s when we decided, it was time to make “the big move.” All because we had our documents in order!

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

• May import up to three pets

• Documents required:

Health Certificate

Vaccine Certificate

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

ADDITIONAL NOTES:

Effective January 1, 2012 modifications have been made to the customs regulations – please see below:

There are some changes for Ecuadorian returning citizen.

1) Regarding the value packing list in Spanish in each box they have to declare the content and value and weight

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