Shipping to Ecuador

Get up-to-date local information about export procedures and restrictions, demurrage and detention, container drop-offs and more.

Customs House Brokerage

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Maersk Ecuador has partnered with top customs agents in the country according to agility on custom process, good Agent Profile, and experience in local custom processes and regulations. We cover all custom districts in Ecuador, including ports and International Airports; for imports and exports.

Please contact your Customer Service representative to include one of our Customs House Brokerage products in your supply chain. You may also contact for more information. 

Core products

Export Customs Clearance Special Regimes
Standard full export customs clearance process:
  • Standard export clearance procedure
  • Guidance on correct merchandise fiscal classification, on the type of operation, on the existent commercial trade agreements that you can benefit from.
  • Customs clearance consultancy services, such as providing information on the certificates/licenses needed for each type of commodity.
Import / Export processes
  • Duty Classification
  • Definitive Export Entry Declaration
  • Temporary Import
  • Temporary Export
  • Trans-shipment of goods
  • Return Cargo

Additional Custom House Brokerage services 

Inspection Importer / Ex-porter Registra-tion Inhouse
Inspection is needed for certain products, such as per-ishables. It is done with customs authorities and regula-tory entities. Customs and legal advising / consulting for Import-er/exporter registration at ECUAPASS Provide competent and complete in-house customs brokerage. Our knowledgeable customs clearance ex-perts take care of documentation and enable timely and reliable movement goods through the customs pro-cess.
Custom Inspection / Examination
Inspection with regulatory entities
Anti-drugs inspection

Mandatory Documents for Exports:

  • Commercial Invoice (authorized by SRI)
  • Shipping Documents
  • Bill of Lading
  • Original Licenses and Certificates for restricted goods, if required
*Importer must register our Custom broker’s code at ECUAPASS system


Q: What is the Pricing / Cost of these services?
A: Pricing is dependent on the service package you choose, and we . Please contact our office to discuss which option is right for you.

Q: What can hold up my Customs Clearance?
A: A non-compliance with the documentation, or any observation from Custom Supervisor.

Q: What is a DAI?
A: It stands for Declaración Aduanera de Importación, and it means Customs Declaration.

Q: What is ECUAPASS?
A: It’s the National electronic system for Ecuadorian Customs.

Q: What are the types of customs modalities in Ecuador?
A: a)
Advanced Dispatch: Process is done previous to the arrival
Regular Dispatch: Within the 15 calendar days starting the day after the end of the discharge.

Q: How will I know when my shipment has cleared customs?
Our Customer Service team will be in charge of status

Q: Who can I contact regarding my Customs Clearance?
Please contact your Customer Service agent, which will coordinate with our Delivery Team.

Abbreviations & Explanations

CHB = Customs House Brokerage
VAT = Value Added Tax
HTS = Harmonized Tariff Schedule
OEA = Authorized Economic Operator
POA = Power of Attorney
NTR = Non-Tariff Regulations
COVE = Proof of Value
VUCEM = Electronic window

Demurrage and Detention

Tipo de Contenedor Garantía
Contenedor carga seca 20' USD 1,000
Contenedor carga seca 40' USD 2,000
Contenedor carga Refrigerada 20' USD 4,000
Contenedor carga Refrigerada 40' USD 4,000
Contenedor carga NOR 40' USD 4,000

Detention – Export (effective from Jan 1st 2017)

Type Size Days Days Days
1 to 7 8 to 14 15 or more
Dry/ NOR 20' Free USD 40 USD 70
Dry/ NOR 40' Free USD 70 USD 100
Special 40' Free USD 70 USD 100
Type Size Days Days Days
1 to 7 8to 15 16 or more
Reefer 40' Free USD 100 USD 150



For general routing guidelines please contact


Dangerous cargo, please contact to

Weight / Measurement Acceptance:

Maximum payload per container should be verified in each equipment prior stuffing.

Special Cargoes:

OOG, B/B and IMO cargo, subject to standard Maersk approval procedures.


Shipping instructions are received in

Cut-off times

Cut offs to enter full containers into port are subject to change depending of the time the vessel arrives to port.

Cargo entered after cut offs will not be consider for Exception loadings. shipper will have to pay the terminal Contecon or Naportec, rolling, connection, storage, handling, etc.) in order for the cargo to be consider in the next available vessel

Containers are subject to random antinarcotics inspections


Bill of lading clause/documentation

The shipper must be Ecuadorian and the info on BL must be complete, including the TAX ID, called RUC. Weight on Bill of Lading must be stated in KILOS and not pounds

DAE (Documento Aduanero de Exportacion) is mandatory in cargo description

Documentation Requirements

No acceptance of condition LCL.

Multiple shippers and/or consignees for one container is not acceptable.

Special Customs requirement

All cargo EX Ecuador must meet all local customs requirements before loading


Electronic information is submitted to Local Customs systems, 12 hours prior vessel departure. Any change to Bill of lading after this time should be notified to Export Customer Service, otherwise a custom fine will be charged in order to update the information in the Customs System.


Leather, articles of leather

Contact us

If you want to speak to a sales person about a new shipment or if you have a question about your existing shipment, you can email us and we will respond within the next two days. If you have a more immediate question, you can search for help online.