If you are planning on moving to Ecuador you know it can get pretty complicated. Packing is always one of the last minute things that doesn’t get much thought – until the few days before you leave.
At least that’s how it was with us – and is one of those things we wish we did differently. After reviewing this customs document, packing might move up your list of important things to consider. Here are a few pointers to help you prepare for your Ecuador relocation.
Last week as we returned to Ecuador from a trip to Canada, we were given the standard customs form on the plane to fill out. The list is long about what is allowable. The rules aren’t crazy or extreme, but there are two sections that you should be aware of: Pets and Electronics.
Please note: Text in italics is quote directly from Customs document, which explains the grammar/spelling errors – see image below.
Limits on Bringing Pets to EcuadorThe rule states a maximum of 2 pets can be imported (subject to sanitary regulations).
Limits on Bringing Electronics to EcuadorTravelers or head of household may enter up to two (2) additional units, one (1) new and one (1) used, of the following portable articles:
- Photographic camera, video camera, mobile telephone, electronic agenda, portable or non portable video game, electronic calculator, portable computer and its accessories (mouse, headphone, keyboard and other).
- Portable image reproducer, sound or video player, portable television up to 21 inches.
- Desktop and its accessories (mouse, headphones, camera, keyboard and other).
- Prismatic equipment, projector, monitor up to 21 inches and telephone, printer or fax.
The Bottom Line: Watch the amount of electronics you bring. While its unlikely that you’ll have a problem, if you are just bringing it for personal use, the law is in place that they could charge taxes and duties on everything in excess of these limits. I think everyone travels with more than 2 electronic devices: phone, camera, laptop, smart phone.
Everything else is pretty standard. Personal use clothes, books, medicines, medical items, musical instruments and camping gear are all allowed.
Penalty and Fines for Bringing Excess into EcuadorShould the traveler bring goods in excess of the limits mentioned above, these will be considered taxable items and should pay customs duties. In case of underage entering taxable items. parents or a representing would have to be responsible of paying the taxes. Additionally, would be considered as personal effects: goods (set or kit) which are not specified in the above mentioned, which don’t have restrictions whether is for volume, quantity or size, and its value not over US$500.
So the worst that would happen, it seems, is you could get a big bill for the items you are over limit on. It’s worth checking with your lawyer in Ecuador before you depart, if you are concerned about the volume or type of things you want to bring.
What can I bring back from Ecuador? Well that’s a whole other question.