|Area:||109,484 sq. mi|
|Top 5 Largest Cities:||1. Guayaquil 2. Quito 3. Cuenca 4. Santo Domingo 5. Machala|
|Climate:||Humid subtropical and tropical|
|Motto:||“Dios, patria y libertad” / “God, homeland and liberty”|
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To assist clearing your household goods (HHGS), there are important documents needed by Customs. Please venture below to learn more about some of the documents you may need.
Customs Value Declaration – A document used to calculate duties and taxes that states the value of the entire HHGS shipment.
Certificate of Origin – Gives verification of which country your household goods are manufactured in.
Keeping up with your documents is very important for Customs clearance. Please take a look at some of the requirements of document
Once your household goods have arrived in Ecuador along with your documents, both are subjected to examination by Customs. A CBP officer will examine your household goods to determine the value, correct markings, proper invoicing, existence of prohibited items, damages, deterioration and illegal narcotics. It’s important to assure all items are properly described and accounted for to avoid any delays or seizure of items. Once your items are approved for release, they are safeguarded by the proper officers.
Once your items has arrived to Ecuador, there will be taxes and duties you must satisfied. Duties will range from 0 to 30% and your Value-added Tax (VAT) will be a standard 12%. You must be physically present for Customs clearance and is recommended for you to be there 2 weeks prior to your HHGS arrival. Your items must arrive within 60 days of your arrival to obtain free duty. You are allowed only 1 duty-free move with no duplicating items. If you maintain a residence in Ecuador for 5 years or more and haven’t spent over 150 days abroad during that time, you can ship your HHGS duty-free more than once. If you are a returning citizen, you must not have stayed abroad for more than 60 days to import duty-free. It’s important to have your Visa stamped prior to the arrival of your shipment to avoid a refundable $2,000 USD Guarantee and a duty charge of 120%. If you have more than one type of electronic, you will be charged 43% duty based on the Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF) value of the item. You are allowed up to 440 lbs of clothing, shoes and personals per person. If your shipment is valued by Customs $4,000.00 USD or more, your inspection must occur at the origin if you are a foreigner. If you can produce a Working Visa within 90 days of your shipment arrival, your Guarantee and duties will not apply. If your shipment does not meet the import requirements, inspect an importation fee of 43%.
There are number of items and quantities you can import duty-free into Ecuador. Please take a look below at some of the free of duty items.
The correct labeling and markings are very important for Customs. Each mark and label should be in the English language. Please take a look below to discover the marking and labeling requirements.
To assure all of your items will be permitted by Customs for import, please take a look at some of the accumulated prohibited items below.
There are restrictions Customs place on certain items you may import. Please take a look below at some of the items that may have restriction.
The liability for duties are paid once Customs has cleared your shipment for release. There are no options of prepaid duties or taxes prior to exportation from a foreign country. Once your shipment is filed with CBP, the party and only the party listed as the receiver can pick up the shipment. If household goods are warehoused, the party of liability can be changed to another party, most whom purchased the goods. The Customs broker cannot pay duties, but can accept a check written out to the Customs and Border Protection to forward. Once items are received, all articles are deemed owned by the receiver and no longer in ownership of the CBP.
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