Shipment of Household Effects to Ecuador
Presidential Decree No. 888 was implemented as of January 2012. It contains the general regulations for importing household effects and work equipment for persons who are returning to Ecuador to establish a permanent residence. It is of paramount importance to be informed of all of the content of Decree 888 before buying and shipping household effects.
What are household effects?
Household effects include all new and used items that a family utilizes on a daily basis, such as: electrical appliances, clothing, furniture, household appliances, dishes, tools, home decoration, books, computers and other household items acquired by an individual or nuclear family in the country in which they were a permanent resident. All of the items should have been acquired before the return trip to Ecuador and should be shipped from the country in which the person was a permanent resident. The quantities must be within the permissible range.
In order to take advantage of tax free imports on household effects, one must have resided outside of Ecuador for at least one year with a total number of entries into the country not exceeding a period of 60 days.
A person travels to the United States on January 5th, 2011 in order to study.
In March they return to Ecuador for 10 days (first entry).
In July they travel to Ecuador for 30 days (second entry).
On January 10th 2012, the person wants to return to Ecuador with household effects. This person qualifies to bring his/her household effects since he or she remained within the United States during the year and only returned to Ecuador for a total of 40 days (first and second entries).
Is it possible to bring a vehicle as part of household effects?
For a vehicle (automobile or motorcycle) to be considered part of household effects, it must comply with the following requirements:
1. The owner must have lived in another country for at least three (3) years;
2. The certificate of title, registration, and license plate number or equivalent documentation issued by the competent authority must be in the name of the person who will take the household effects. Endorsed documents are not accepted.
Only a family owned motor vehicle will qualify as part of household effects.
The vehicle must comply with the following characteristics:
a. Automobiles. The maximum value permitted is $20,000.00 USD (twenty thousand dollars). The value of the automobile will be determined by taking into account the sale price at which the “model year” hit the market. Engine displacement must not exceed 3,000 cubic centimeters. The “model year” should be within the last four years, including the year of the import. In other words, if the import of household effects including the automobile occurs in the year 2012, the year of manufacture should be 2009, 2010, 2011 or 2012. The automobile must be shipped with the household effects; it cannot be imported alone.
b. Motorcycles. The maximum value permitted is $8,000.00 USD (eight thousand dollars). The value of the motorcycle will be determined by taking into account the sale price at which the “model year” hit the market. Engine displacement must not exceed 650 cubic centimeters. The “model year” should be within the last four years, including the year of the import. In other words, if the import of household effects including the motorcycle occurs in the year 2012, the year of manufacture should be 2009, 2010, 2011, or 2012.
Accident damaged motor vehicles will not be considered part of household effects even if they have been repaired.
Is it possible to bring work equipment as part of household effects?
Tools or work equipment are considered to be utensils, instruments or professional equipment, new or used. Their function is to carry out a productive task or trade, linked to the activity, profession, art or trade of the person importing and/or his/her immediate family. Such equipment or tools must be necessary to undertake a single productive task in the country, by the spouse or cohabitant. This activity must be expressly stated on the declaration of importation form issued by the National Customs Service.
Work equipment does not necessarily have to be portable. Therefore, it can consist of stationary or fixed work tools, instruments, structures, machines or machinery that can be dismantled or dismounted.
For cases in which work equipment exceeds a value of $30,000.00 USD (thirty thousand dollars), persons must present an investment project for their business in Ecuador in accordance with the specified standard that the National Customs Service of Ecuador dictates.
Vehicles, ships, aircrafts as well as raw materials, and textiles will not be admitted under the status of work equipment.
From May 1 2013, it is required fo fill out these forms
You can find further information at Aduana del Ecuador's website