How much does it cost to ship a container to Ecuador

Sea freight shipping costs to and from Ecuador typically start $700, varying by port and container size. Shipping can take anywhere from ten days to five weeks in time. Ecuador’s economy has been growing strong since the early 2000’s, making them the 8th best economy in South America. They rely heavily on the export of raw materials such as crude petroleum, raw petroleum, coal tar oil, and more. They export anywhere from South America to Russia, thanks to their close proximity to the Panama Canal.

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Main ports in Ecuador

At iContainers we know having a choice of ports to ship your container to in Ecuador is important for your ocean freight transport. That’s why we offer you 2 ports in Ecuador to ship to from the United States and 2 ports to ship to from Spain. You decide!

FAQs about shipping your container to Ecuador

What is the estimated transit time for shipping a container to Ecuador?

As you can imagine, estimated transit time to ship a container to Ecuador depends on the chosen route. The longest transit time for container shipping from USA is the Cleveland, Ohio – Guayaquil route with an average of 38 days whereas a shipment from Spain (Vigo) can take up to 41 days to arrive. On the other hand, transit time can be as short as 13 days for routes such as Nashville – Guayaquil.

What type of cargo can be sent in a container?

If you’re dealing with dry bulk – non-perishable goods – then dry shipping containers are definitely your best option. These hermetically sealed containers have been standardized so as to offer shippers a wide range of sizes and dimensions that will fit their cargo’s needs. Dry shipping containers are suitable for transportation of dry commodities like manufactured goods but are not ideal for sensitive cargo since they don’t offer ventilation or refrigeration.

How do you figure out shipping cost to Ecuador?

When trying to figure out how much your international shipping is going to cost you, there are a few considerations to take into account that will determine the final price: your freight’s size and volume, the container you choose, the Incoterm to be applied and the route for your ocean freight. Unfortunately, that’s not all; special conditions for your goods - such as those required for sensitive or hazardous cargo - are likely to incur in extra costs.

What container capacity do I need for my cargo?

The first thing you need to consider when choosing container capacity is your cargo’s dimensions. If it is low-volume, you may want to consider a Shared Container (LCL) and save up by only paying for the space your shipment takes up in the container. If you need a whole container (FCL), you’ll find the smallest dry shipping container (20ft) has a volume capacity of 1,172 CFT / 33.2 CBM, whereas the largest (45ft) can offer up to 3,122 CFT / 88.4 CBM.

FOB vs CIF: What´s the difference?

Specific details of each Incoterm should be carefully reviewed since misunderstandings can often result in financial loss. This is even more so the case with FOB and CIF, two Incoterms that seem to create confusion among exporters and importers. In a nutshell: with FOB, the seller is responsible for the cargo until it is loaded on the vessel, whereas with CIF, sellers are liable for the freight until it reaches the destination port.

What paperwork is needed for international shipments to Ecuador?

Paperwork required for ocean freight is usually determined by different aspects such as the countries involved, the kind of cargo being transported and the applicable Incoterms. However, there are certain documents that are common to any standard shipping procedure: a Bill of Lading, a packing list or a commercial invoice, for instance. Other necessary paperwork may include customs authorization or power of attorney.

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