Moving to Ecuador with iContainers

In consequence to a growing economy, inexpensive lodging and political stability, Ecuador has seen a great increase in attracting people from all over the world. According to the 2012 census, there are approximately 662,633 Ecuadorians living in the United States, which is 0.22% of the total population. The regions with the most Ecuadorians in the United States include Los Angeles, Connecticut, New York City and Florida.

iContainers: What can you ship with us when moving to Ecuador?

If you are looking for a reliable and safe way to move to Ecuador, iContainers is just what you are looking for. We provide a trustworthy door-to-port service that will help you with the moving process, giving you the peace of mind of knowing that your belongings are in good hands.
When shipping your belongings to Ecuador, it is very possible that the customs officials will examine your shipment. In case of having a shipment valued over $4000, there should be an examination at the place of origin before it is sent to Ecuador. It is absolutely essential to keep the documentation of the inspection because it will be required at the destination. We are able to ship the following items:

  • Household items
  • Furniture
  • Artwork
  • Kitchen appliances and equipment
  • Electronics
  • Transportation
    • Shipping used cars or other vehicles to Ecuador is not allowed unless you are foreign diplomat. If you want to ship your car or vehicle, it should be brand new.
The following documents are necessary when shipping to Ecuador:
  • Passport
  • Transportation Insurance Policy
  • Verification Certificate (when applicable)

How to estimate the volume of your shipment to Ecuador?

We have a list of the articles that can be shipped, with a standard volume and weight. To help you determine the volume and weight of your cargo, our website provides you with a couple of easy steps you must follow: obtain an estimated price for your move.

LCL or FCL when moving to Ecuador?

When choosing a Full Container Load (FCL) to ship to Ecuador, the customer is responsible for the entire load. Since the container is not shared with anyone else, your belongings will be safe from any contamination that could occur when sharing it with someone else.
If you choose to use the Less Container Load (LCL) to ship to Ecuador, all belongings must be correctly boxed and wrapped prior to shipping. If you do not have a pallet to place your load on, let us know on your reservation and we will provide you with one.

Where to ship when moving to Ecuador?

In iContainers we do not provide a door-to-door service when moving to Ecuador. However, we are glad to refer you to one of our numerous associates around the world to be able to get a door-to-door service.
Due to the increase in exports and the impact it has on the economy, both seaports and fluvial ports have played a huge role in the development of this country.
Two of the most important ports in Ecuador are:

  • The Port of Guayaquil was built in 1963; it is the most important port in Ecuador. More than 70% of its foreign trade happens here. Its location, very close to the Panama Canal, makes it a very special port for ocean transportation between South America and the Eastern part of the continent, as well as, Europe and Asia. There are 8 shipping lines that ship containers to Guayaquil scheduling 6,256 port calls each month.
  • The Port of Manta is the first tourism seaport in Ecuador. Its closeness to one of the biggest airports in the country makes it a key location for logistics. It is 600 miles away from the Panama Canal, allowing it to be a linking point for foreign trade with the rest of the world; as well as being the closest seaport to Asia in South America's western coast. The facility is updated and modern, to expedite the admission of different kinds of boats. It helps with the loading and unloading process and provisioning operations. It is one of the most used ports when shipping to Ecuador.

Tips for a successful move to Ecuador

Since their adoption of the dollar in 2000 Ecuador's economy has flourished impressively. There are a number of things that could help you get ready to travel. If you want to have a successful move to Ecuador, you must take some things into consideration first:

  • Learn Spanish and about the culture.
  • Be open-minded and outgoing.
  • It is recommended not to travel before your belongings are shipped.
  • Have proper documentation on your person
  • Travel times may change
  • Have a destination agent or customs broker
If you have further questions, contact one of our experts or refer to the guide to moving overseas.

Steps before moving to Ecuador: Documentation, paperwork and proper packaging

It is extremely important to have all the correct documentation present when going to Ecuador. You must have your passport, employment identification number, and work visa. For your shipment, you are required to have a list with all the items and goods that your are shipping. It is mandatory to have this document in case anything happens to your belongings during the course of the journey. Being organized and thorough will help you with any inspections or insurance claims.You will be provided with a Bill of Landing, which includes:

  • Your name
  • Shipment details
  • Shipping company
  • Points of origin and destination
  • Address of your final destination
It is key to not lose your Bill of Landing, because you will need it to claim your shipment. In order to avoid such thing, make sure to make copies of it, and make it accessible when you arrive to your destination.