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What Can I Bring Back From Ecuador? Custom Concerns

Posted in: Ecuador Travel, Living in Ecuador

market-gualaceo-ecuadorWhat can you bring back from Ecuador?

Aside from dollar value information, which depends on your country of residence, the same rules apply to everyone. You can not bring cultural artifacts, animal products, including coral, bones, live or stuffed animals, etc. For current information, be sure to check with the Ecuadorian customs office. It is a serious offense to attempt to export a restricted item.

U.S. Customs allow for $800 worth of duty free goods per person, every 30 days. Included in this can be up to 2 liters of alcohol. For detailed and current rules, please visit U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Canadian Customs allow $500 worth of duty free goods per person, after a seven day trip out of Canada. You may include 40 oz. of wine or liquor or 24 12-oz containers of beer or ale. For detailed and current rules, please visit Canada Customs and Revenue Agency.

For New Zealand travel and customs information, please contact Customs Service.

Citizens of Australia should contact Australian Customs Service for travel and customs information.

Residents of United Kingdom can receive specific information from HM Customs & Excise.

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Bryan Haines is co-editor of GringosAbroad - Ecuador's largest blog for expats and travelers. He is a travel blogger and content marketer. He is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Travel.

4 comments… add one
  • Bob Vela Feb 7, 2019, 2:07 pm

    Can I bring back to the states from Ecuador tamarillo fruit or commonly known as tomate de arbol (tree tomatoe)?

  • Gerry Dec 31, 2014, 9:08 pm

    For Canada, you are allowed up to $800 per person after being away for 48 hours. So load up on souvenirs. You are correct on the liquor, the price of the liquor is included in the $800.

  • Pamela Dec 13, 2011, 7:39 pm

    Does not bringing back any animal products include leather goods? I was hoping to return with a unique leather jacket.

    • Bryan Haines Dec 15, 2011, 9:28 am

      I can’t say for certain, but I don’t think so. Leather products are a huge tourist draw – including bags, hats, and smaller items. I think it refers more to shells, feathers and bones. I know many tourists, including our friends and family have purchased leather products to take back to Canada and the States. I don’t thing you’ll have a problem.

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