Are you looking for an easy way to ship your cargo to Ecuador?
Choose the best freight forwarder to transport your goods to Ecuador safely and on time.

Exporting goods to Ecuador, whether it is for the first time, or on a regular basis, can be a challenging experience. There are many elements to consider when shipping to a country such as Ecuador.
If you are in Canada or the US and not entirely familiar with the Latin American market, you should consider a cargo shipping company that knows the business culture, the language, the customs regulations and has a proven track record of success when it comes to freight shipping to Ecuador.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT IN ECUADOR?

Regulations in Ecuador are not only very different from the ones in the US or Canada, communication methods and business etiquette are also very distinct:
Corporate culture in Ecuador is relationship-driven. Known as welcoming and friendly people, Ecuadorians value trust, honor & camaraderie. They attach great importance to developing personal relationships rather than formal business connections which is the norm in the US or Canada. Therefore, it is important to develop easy going business “friendships”, as Ecuadorians may be more loyal to you personally rather than to the company you represent. Third-party contacts are also a key to business success in Ecuador. An established person vouching for you and presenting your company will help you gain trust in the market.
Flexibility and spontaneity are also common traits of Ecuadorians. In Ecuador, there is a less strict sense of time than in US and Canada.
It is also important to consider the language as a possible barrier. Although most highly-educated business executives speak English fluently, the average person speaks only Spanish.

QUICK FACTS ABOUT ECUADOR (2018)

  • Capital: Quito
  • Other Large Cities: Guayaquil, Cuenca, Santo Domingo, Ambato, Portoviejo, Durán, Machala
  • Population: 17,084,357 (Urban Population: 63.8%)
  • Official languages: Spanish
  • Time Zone : GMT - 5
  • Currency: American Dollar (USD)

ECONOMIC SNAPSHOT ( Source: IMF - World Bank, 2018)

  • GDP: 108.40 billion USD (GDP Growth: 1.3% / GDP per capita: 6,3685 USD)
  • Inflation Rate: -0.2%
  • Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
  • Total Imports of Goods: 23,19 billion USD
  • FDI Inward Flow: 1.41 billion USD (1,3% of GDP)
  • Ease of Doing Business Score (2019) : 123th / 190

WHY DOING BUSINESS WITH ECUADOR IS THE RIGHT DECISION

Ecuador is a dollarized economy, full of business opportunities for companies looking to expand Internationally.
The country’s economic performance has been tied to the production and exportation of its oil. Ecuador’s demand for imports has also been growing fast since 2013. This strong demand for international goods and services offers opportunities for international exporters across a wide range of sectors such as food & beverage, vehicles and parts, medicinal and pharmaceutical products, specialized machinery and high-end consumer goods.

The need for shipping to and from Ecuador has been increasing exponentially during recent years. With LAC by your side, you will reinforce your company’s cargo shipping capability to Ecuador.
Our experienced professionals are very familiar with the market requirements in Ecuador which is very important to avoid delays during the importation process. We provide you with all the necessary tools to break into the Ecuadorian market, headache-free.

ECUADOR TRADE OVERVIEW

  • MAIN IMPORTS: Petroleum, Vehicle & Parts, Medicaments, Electrical Machinery, Telecommunication Equipment, Plastics, Cereals, Animal food
  • MAIN EXPORTS: Petroleum, Fishes & Crustaceans, Fruits, Cut-Flowers, Cocoa, Palm Oil, Gold
  • INDUSTRIES WITH STRONG BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES: Mining, Infrastructure, Construction, Transport, Oil & gas, Renewable Energy
  • PRINCIPAL TRADING PARTNERS: USA, Peru, China, Chile, Panama, Vietnam, Russia, Colombia, Europe (Italy, Spain, Germany), Brazil, Mexico, South Korea, Japan

What makes us your ideal logistics partner?

Every country in every continent offers a unique mix of laws, guidelines, customs regulations, documentation requirements, controlled or prohibited goods lists, communication norms, and cultural biases. If you want to be successful in penetrating the Ecuadorian market, you will need a logistics partner that understands the Ecuadorian culture, the business landscape and speaks the local language as well.

Our team of experts offer you superior freight forwarding services and the best rates for your cargo shipping to Ecuador. Our combined experience, extensive knowledge; logistics skills and local connections will help you get started on the right foot and make sure that your goods are transported quickly, safely, and worry-free.

We have your company’s best interests at heart, if you want to be successful in Ecuador, Latin American Cargo is the best freight forwarding company for you.

IMPORT AND CUSTOM PARTICULARS

If you are sending merchandise to Ecuador by sea or air for the first time, guidance and support will surely be needed, as there are guidelines, prohibitions and restrictions to consider.

WHAT PAPERWORK IS NEEDED FOR INTERNATIONAL SHIPMENTS TO ECUADOR?


Documentation requirements vary depending on the category of goods being shipped, and can get quite extensive. They usually include: Commercial invoice, Bill of lading / Air waybill, Packing list, Insurance certificate, Certificate of Origin (if required). To avoid delays or hassles when shipping to Ecuador, your packing list must be as detailed as possible. Vague wording like “miscellaneous” attracts negative attention and further inspections.

WHAT ARE THE REGULATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS WHEN SHIPPING TO ECUADOR?


Regulations can be strict on certain categories of goods being imported to Ecuador. Prior authorization or special permits may be needed for certain items such as agricultural products, processed foods, pharmaceutical, cosmetics or antiques. Prohibited commodities include certain used vehicles, used clothing and accessories, used tires, certainly used machinery and all types of toxic wastes or dangerous residues.

Duties and tariffs are usually based on the total value of the shipment in question, and depending on how well-documented the cargo is, those values could be determined by the judgment of Customs Officials on the spot.

Shipping cargo to Ecuador is easier with LAC as we have overcome these obstacles many times and have developed a thorough understanding of the customs procedures.

MAIN OCEAN PORTS AND CARGO AIRPORTS WHEN SHIPPING TO / FROM ECUADOR

  • MAIN OCEAN PORTS: Guayaquil, Manta, Esmeraldas
  • MAIN CARGO AIRPORTS: Quito (UIO), Guayaquil (GYE)

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Our skills and knowledge in freight forwarding make us your most reliable partner when shipping to Ecuador.

Looking for the best way to ship to Ecuador? LAC is your best freight forwarding solution!

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