FAQ #60 – What About SHIPPING THINGS To Ecuador?

Shipping things to Ecuador is not cheap or easy, but thanks to a new law that went into effect on June 15th, 2021, it is cheaper and easier than it used to be.

If you want to ship a package to Ecuador, your best option is DHL. While FedEx also has offices in the larger cities and UPS has offices in Quito and Guayaquil, DHL offices are much more common and the prefered choice by our Referral Partners.

As of June 15th, the $42 courier import fee has been lifted, which means it’s no longer cost-prohibitive to ship items to Ecuador.

Under the previously existing 4×4 import rule, you were required to pay a $42 courier fee on any package shipped to Ecuador, including document envelopes and small boxes, in addition to standard shipping fees and other import taxes.

Now, under the 4×4 import rule, you’re allowed to ship items to Ecuador without paying additional customs fees and import taxes as long as the package weighs less than 4 kilograms and has a value less than $400.

This means it will be much more feasible to purchase items on Amazon and have them delivered to Ecuador, although the shipping rates will still be quite expensive.

We priced a 1 pound (.45 kilo) bag of spice that costs $10 on Amazon and the shipping cost was $30. However, prior to July 15th, 2021, the shipping cost was $72, so that’s quite a reduction in shipping fees!

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