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Quito is a very financially competent city in Ecuador making it an excellent choice for relocation and business ventures. It is also the capital city of Ecuador and has a population of more than 2 million permanent residents as well as having an influx of new residents each year. Many refer to Quito as “the middle of the world” and people flock to the city for financial development as well as for the scenic beauty, entertainment and educational advances that can be found. While public transport is massive within the city, it can also be very expensive to have to use a bus or hire a taxi each day to get to and from work, school or personal outings. Bringing your own vehicle to Quito will save both time as well as money for travel. In order to have your vehicle shipped to Quito, you will have to obtain the services of an automobile transport company that can ship internationally. While there are thousands of auto transport companies nationwide, not all have the experience necessary for shipping overseas. A1 Auto Transport is very knowledgeable with shipping internationally and can have your vehicle shipped reliably and on time.

Cost & Time Examples For Shipping a Car to Quito

To/FromGroundOceanEstimated Time
Quito to (New York port)
to New York, NY
$275$19005+21 days
Quito to (California port)
to Los Angeles
$350$27005+26 days
Quito to (New York port)
to Boston, MA
$400$19005+21 days
Quito to (California port)
to Portland, OR
$475$27006+26 days
Phoenix, AZ to (California port)
to Quito
$550$27006+26 days
Detroit, MI to (New York port)
to Quito
$575$19006+21 days
Quito to (New York port)
to Atlanta, GA
$700$19006+21 days
Denver, CO to (California port)
to Quito
$775$27007+26 days
Memphis, TN to (New York port)
to Quito
$800$19006+21 days
Quito to (California port)
to Dallas, TX
$1,025$27007+26 days

*Prices and times are estimated. They can vary depending on the season and the type of vehicle.

*Save the ground transport cost by delivering the vehicle to the nearest port.

*Allow an additional 10 days to process the documents.

*Prices are for 1 car in a dedicated 20ft container. This is the safest and most reliable way to transport a vehicle internationally. Other items may be included in the container to help save you money when moving.

*Using the RoRo (roll on, roll off) method is less expensive and shipments can be completed in fewer days. Contact us now for a free RoRo quote.

A-1 Auto Transport ships vehicles worldwide. Click here or call 1-800-518-8708 to get a free, no obligation to buy price quote to ship your car.

Steps to International Vehicle Shipping.

When you initiate contact with the automobile transport company you will need to let them know the type of vehicle you have. Make, model and year will be required when filling out the information for the international shipping quote whether online or by phone. It’s very important to have all details that will affect the weight of the car as well as the size as each car must fit precisely on the carrier space allotted. If you will need the car delivered to the shipping port in the U.S. or delivered to you in Quito, the representative will be able to make those arrangements for you and that will be included in your total price quote. Other factors that will affect the price will be the amount of shipping insurance for the vehicle transport, the type of shipping that will be sued and the distance from port to port. You will need to give the representative a copy of your driver’s license, social security card and a signed Power of Attorney form that will give permission to the transporter to move your car within the U.S. to the exit port as well as to ship overseas. Your representative will be able to give you all the information needed to have your car exported from the U.S. as well as international shipping laws and customs regulations in Quito. You may also contact U.S. Customs for detailed information on exporting motor vehicles or other personal items from the United States.

Types of Shipping to Quito.

When shipping a car from the United States to Quito, Ecuador, you will need to make a decision on the type of transport that will be used. You have a choice of open transport or enclosed transport depending on the type of car you have. The ways to ship a car are:

Roll/On Roll/Off (RORO) – This is the most common type of transport available to ship a motor vehicle overseas. Motor vehicles of all types are driven onto an open carrier, secured in place and then driven off the carrier when it reaches the port for Quito. RORO is the quickest as well as the lowest cost shipping for relocating a vehicle overseas.

Container (Enclosed) – If you have a very valuable vehicle such as a classic or exotic car, container shipping is the way to go. Vehicles will be loaded inside of a large shipping container for transport. Many containers are padded and have climate controlled interiors to ensure safe and more secure transport for the vehicles and other content that will be shipped. Container shipping is more expensive than RORO shipping, but it is well worth the expenditure when you want to have your vehicle shipped in a more secure way that will prevent the car from being exposed to the elements of the sea or weather during transport.

Air Freight– Shipping by air is the most expensive, albeit the fastest way, to have a vehicle transported to Quito from the United States. Using the same principal as RORO or container shipping, the vehicle will be driven onto a freight plane and then flown into the nearest cargo airport in Quito. Shipping by air is the most expensive way to ship a vehicle overseas and is often passed over to opt for shipping by seas due to the cost.

Your automobile transport representative will assist you in determining the type of transport that will best suit your motor vehicle.


Customs in Quito must be adhered to very closely to ensure the proper delivery and clearance of your motor vehicle. You can check with the Ecuador Embassy for detailed information on regulations for import as well as residency requirements, but you will need to have the following documentation when importing the car:

  • Passport.
  • Driver’s License.
  • Original Bill of Sale or Commercial Invoice.

You may import one personal vehicle only and it must be no older than 5 years at the time of import. You will also need to have the emissions checked prior to import to make sure that it is up to driving standards for Ecuador. All emissions on motor vehicles must be new and not produce high rates of carbon. You will need to make sure you have all the proper paperwork in order prior to the date of import. Any missing or improperly formatted paperwork will not be accepted and can potentially cause a long delay in clearance or can cause the car to be denied entrance to Quito.

Joe Webster

Written by Joe Webster

Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.

After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.

With over 30 years experience in the industry, we've been helping people ship their vehicles, motorcycles, RV's, heavy equipment, household goods and more across the country or overseas without a hitch. Ask us anything.

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