Facts you should know about exporting your vehicle to Ecuador
Shipping A Car To Ecuador
Typical Shipping Prices – How Much Does It Cost?
- Though it depends on where you’re shipping from in the U.S. and what type of vehicle it is, most shipping costs to Ecuador cost in the range of $1,600 to $3,900.
- Import taxes are rather high in Ecuador so keep in mind that there are additional costs beyond just the price of shipping.
There are two main ways to have your vehicle shipped to Ecuador aboard an ocean-going vessel. The first of these is known as RORO, which means Roll-on/Roll-off, and indicates a method of shipping wherein a vehicle is driven on and off the ship by means of a ramp. This is the least expensive shipping method, because the vehicle is not enclosed or protected as it would be in the other shipping method.
Container shipping calls for your vehicle to be hoisted on and off the ship while in port by a crane that carefully moves it from dock to ship and ship to dock. These containers are either 20 ft. containers or 40 ft., depending on the size of your car. This is the more expensive option, owing to the protection it provides.
In either of these two cases, the vehicle must first be somehow taken to the port of departure, which means you’ll have to arrange either to drive it there yourself, or to have the transport company pick it up at your door and transport it to the terminal (for an additional fee). Just which port of departure this is will depend on your geographic location in the U.S.
The U.S. has major ports on both coasts like Norfolk in the east and Seattle in the west, as well as Miami and Houston in the south. The destination port in Ecuador could be one of several ports that border the Pacific Ocean on the country’s west coast, but Guayaquil City is both the largest city and the largest port in Ecuador, and would be a likely possibility.
International Shipping Requirements
Before you can ship your vehicle internationally, you must provide proof that it is eligible for shipping, i.e. that there are no liens against it, or if there are liens, you must have approval of the lienholder. You must also have a valid driver’s license, the original bill of sale for the vehicle, and your passport, all of which will need to be presented at Ecuador Customs.
Ecuador also requires that any vehicle being imported in to the country be newer than 5 years old, so as to be equipped with the most modern emission standards, and not be harmful to the country’s environment.
U.S. Customs will require that you supply documentation to them about the proposed shipment at least three days in advance, but you should have this taken care of long before then, so it doesn’t become something that holds up your vehicle in port.
Whomever you choose as your international vehicle shipper will probably be aware of these and all other relevant shipping regulations, but it is wise to educate yourself about the basics so that nothing slips between the cracks. Any missing piece of documentation, or any requirement left unhandled can mean days or weeks of your vehicle being frozen in port until the situation is resolved.
Required Documents For Shipping A Vehicle To Ecuador
- Import license
- Vehicle inspection certificate
- Original invoice
- Import permit from Ministry of Finance
In the majority of cases, vehicles brought into Ecuador from another country must be brand new or very close to it. Vehicles may be up to one year old, providing that the odometer does not have more than 600 miles on it.
Other Cost Considerations
Your chosen transport company will be able to provide you with an accurate quote after many of the decisions already mentioned above have been made. The factors influencing cost are how the car will reach the departure port, the shipping method, the dimensions of the car (because it will take up that much space either on deck or in a container), shipping insurance, and any taxes and import levies imposed by sending or receiving ports. Once these are all known, you should have a very good idea of the total cost of exporting your car to Ecuador.
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