Shipping to Ecuador

Get up-to-date local information about import procedures and restrictions, demurrage and detention, container pick-ups 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 paola.granes@maersk.com for more information. 

Core products

Import Customs Clearance Special Regimes
Standard full import customs clearance process
  • Full Customs Declaration upon arrival in the country in scope to gain release of the cargo for onward deliv-ery.
  • 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 Import 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 Imports:

  • Original Commercial Invoice(s)
  • Original Bill of lading
  • Packing List(s)
  • Insurance Policy of the cargo (optional)
  • Original Origin Cerificate, if required
  • Original Licenses and Certificates for restricted goods, if required


FAQs

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
b)
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?
A: 
Our Customer Service team will be in charge of status

Q: Who can I contact regarding my Customs Clearance?
A: 
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

Import (effective from September 15th, 2019)

Type Size Days Days Days Days
1 to 8 9 to 15 14 to 24 25 or more
Dry 20' Free USD 90 USD 115 USD 130
Type Size Days Days Days Days
1 to 8 9 to 13 14 to 24 25 or more
Dry 40' Free USD 100 USD 125 USD 150
Type Size Days Days Days
1 to 8 9 to 13 14 or more
NOR 40' Free USD 100 USD 120
Type Size Days Days Days Days
1 to 3 4 to8 9to 15 16 or more
Reefer 40' Free USD 200 USD 260 USD 300
Type Size Days Days Days Days
1 to 4 5 to 8 9 to 24 25 or more
Special 40' Free USD 140 USD 200 USD 220

Procedures

Routing: 

 For general routing guidelines please contact local office. 

Important Notice: 

1) No express release accepted. 
2) Original Bill of lading is required by customs for cargo release. 
3) Any change to Bill of lading after Vessel has arrived to Guayaquil, must be notified and approved by Imports Customer Service. 
4) No partial imports accepted, No shortshipments, NO manual splits are allowed. 
5) No acceptance for 45' containers. 

Commodity: 

OOG, B/B and IMO cargo subject to standard Maersk Approval procedures and local customs regulations. 

Note: Cargo IMO 1.3, 1.4 (Explosives); IMO 5.2 (Organics Peroxide); IMO 6.2 (Infectious substances) and IMO 7 (Radioactive Materials) Te above cargo cannot arrive without previous acceptance of local office. 

Cars:

Used CARS are not accepted.

Weight / Measurement Acceptance

Weight Limit for all All type of cntrs/All ports Max. Gross Weight allowed: 46,000 (kg) for any Equipment Size and Type, which includes chassis, truck head, container, genet and cargo weight
specifically for 20' 20 tons Max Maximum payload per container should be verified in each equipment prior stuffing.
specifically for 20' Reinforced 28 tons Max Maximum payload per container should be verified in each equipment prior stuffing.
specifically for 40' 32 tons Max Maximum payload per container should be verified in each equipment prior stuffing.
specifically for 45' No acceptance for 45' containers
B/B N
OOG Y Subject to standard Maersk Approval procedures and Local customs regulations
IMO Y Subject to standard Maersk Approval procedures and Local customs regulations. Note: Cargo IMO 1.4 cannot arrive without previous acceptance of local office.
Reefer Y
Cross Booking Y
Special Equipment Y
Inland Haulage Y Please contact local office for acceptance.

Bill of lading clausing, documentation Consignee information must be complete, including the TAX ID, called RUC in Ecuador. Sea way bills are not allowed by local customs. Weight in Bill of Lading must be stated in KILOS and not pounds. 

Documentation Requirements 

No partial imports accepted, No short shipments, No manual splits are allowed. Please take note of the following information, which must be included under description. 

If the physical bill of lading have no CARRIER SEAL and it shows ML-NONE, local customs will open and inspect the container charging a customs fine. Therefore, the CARRIER SEAL is mandatory and the SHIPPER SEAL is optional. 

Special Customs requirement 

Seaway bills are NOT accepted, Original Bill of lading is required by customs for cargo release. 

Others 

Electronic information is submitted to local customs systems 72 hours before vessel arrival.  Any change to Bill of lading after this time, should be notified to Import Customer Service and pay a fine of USD 1590 in order to update the information in the Customs System.

 

For all cargo to Guayaquil: 

Please ensure that the Bill of Lading has to be issued with the correct quantity of boxes and weight of cargo per container, especially for those bills with two or more containers. 

Please contact local office for further details on documentation.

Restriction

Used cars 

Used clothes

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.