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(Country code: EC)

Priority™ Worldwide (Delivery Standards)   06   30   NO   $1000
Xpresspost™ – International   107   30   YES   $100
International Parcel™ (Surface)   407   30   YES   $100
Small Packet™ (Air)   07   2   NO   N/A
Small Packet™ (Surface)   07   2   NO   N/A

Letter-post™   YES   YES   NO
Money Orders™    NO   —   —

Maximum Coverage = Maximum Declared Value for Carriage for the Priority™ Worldwide service.

Import Restrictions

Senders should determine import restrictions from the country's authorities before posting:

  • alcohols
  • animal and animal products
  • anti-parasite products for agricultural use
  • bees, leaches
  • cereal seeds
  • cigarette papers
  • chemicals, non hazardous
  • drugs and medicines
  • foodstuffs
  • firearm and firearm parts
  • narcotics,
  • personal effects
  • preserved and dried fruits
  • seeds
  • soil samples
  • tea
  • tobacco leaves, refuse and essences.

Securities payable to bearer; manufactured and unmanufactured platinum, gold and silver; precious stones; jewels; jewellery; or other valuable articles may only be sent in registered mail.

An import permit is required for all commercial goods. Commercial goods are confiscated unless the addressee holds an import licence. A commercial invoice must be attached to goods with a commercial value.

Importations of used clothing and used shoes are prohibited unless they are contained in postal parcels weighing no more than 4 kgs, with a maximum insured value of 400 USD.

Prohibited Items

In addition to items considered non-mailable matter, the following are prohibited:

  • absinthe
  • advertising containing reproductions of currency
  • all maps showing the territory of Ecuador with incorrect boundaries
  • antiques
  • asbestos
  • baby feeders with tubes
  • banknotes and currency
  • birds eggs
  • cloth
  • coins
  • copper
  • dairy products
  • erasers
  • fish
  • film, Developed
  • fruit and seeds
  • gaming items
  • immoral or obscene material
  • items classified as cultural artefacts
  • ivory
  • jewellery, precious stones and metals
  • kerosene, petrol, crude oils, diesel oil and combustible products
  • leather shoes in general
  • liquor
  • live animals
  • log and timber products from Liberia
  • mail items containing personal cheques or credit cards issued by banks
  • meat and meat products
  • metalized yarn or yarn containing gold threads
  • military weapons
  • mineral fuels, oils and products of their distillation
  • old Tires
  • pearls, natural or cultures
  • perishable substances or foodstuffs
  • pharmaceutical and medical products of unknown composition
  • plants
  • pornography
  • postage stamps
  • powder
  • preparations for erasing ink and handwriting
  • roulette games, gambling paraphernalia, labels, imprints
  • rubber shoes
  • straw hats
  • vegetables
  • unrefined salt
  • wadding, felt and non-woven’s
  • weapons, sticks, fans and other objects containing hidden razors, daggers or firearms.

Documentation Required

Information regarding Customs can be found in "Customs Requirements" of the Canada Postal Guide.

The following documentation is required to import products into Ecuador:

1. Commercial Invoice

2. Insurance Policy

3. Income Tax Registry Number

4. Certificate of Origin

5. Certificate or Standards Compliance

In addition to the aforementioned documents, shipments must include detailed weight information, including individual gross and net weight of each of the products.

In addition,

Consular invoice

Goods that exceed a value of $2000US require five copies of the Consular invoice, three copies must be countersigned and stamped by the Consul; for the other two copies only the consulate's official stamp is required. All copies must bear the date of certification and the serial number of the consulate. In the absence of these invoices, shipments are subject to very high customs duty and consular and import duties.

Health Certificate

Articles containing vegetable components in any form require a Health Certificate.

Customs Procedures:

Importers must register with the Ecuadorian Customs Agency (CAE), as well as obtain a company tax number, issued by the Ecuadorian Internal Revenue Service. Upon arrival of the merchandise, the CAE authorizes the payment of duties and the release of the imported goods.