Exporting Products to ECUADOR

Location: Ecuador is situated along the north-west coast of South America, bordered by Colombia on the north, Peru on the east and south, and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Its three largest cities are Quito (its capital), Guayaquil, and Cuenca.

Is there a trade agreement between Ecuador and the UK? Yes, as part of the trade agreement continuity between the United Kingdom and the Andean countries. The Ecuadorian government, along with Colombia and Peru, signed a free trade agreement with the UK in May 2019, maintaining at present the same tariff preferences that are contained in the treaty with the European Union.

Ecuadorian national currency: US dollar.

Official language: Spanish (93%).


Shipping from the UK to Ecuador

Transit time via air from the UK to airport in Ecuador is approximately 3 days. Ecuador’s main cargo international airports are located in the cities of Quito (Mariscal Sucre airport), and Guayaquil (Jose Joaquin de Olmedo airport).


Transit time via sea from the UK to port in Ecuador is approximately 28 days. Ecuador’s main sea port is Guayaquil.



Export documents required include packing list, commercial invoice, and health / organic / origin / phytosanitary certificate(s) where applicable. Requirements for the Ecuadorian importer include Unique Taxpayer Registry (RUC), and registration as importer in Ecuapass. Requirements for the British exporter include having an EORI number.


Top-10 products exported from the United Kingdom to Ecuador in 2019

1. Beverages, spirits and vinegar
    .................................................................................................$25.4 M

2. Vehicles; other than railway or tramway rolling stock,
    and parts and accessories thereof
    .................................................................................................$25.2 M

3. Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery and mechanical
    appliances; parts thereof
    .................................................................................................$18.1 M

4. Pharmaceutical products
    .................................................................................................$14.1 M

5. Printed books, newspapers, pictures etc
    .................................................................................................$8.9 M

6. Optical/photo/technical/medical apparatus
    .................................................................................................$6.7 M

7. Electrical/electronic equipment
    .................................................................................................$3.5 M

8. Plastics and articles thereof
    .................................................................................................$3.3 M

9. Miscellaneous chemicals
    .................................................................................................$2.8 M

10. Miscellaneous edible preparations
    .................................................................................................$1.9 M

M: Millions USD
Source: DIT / UN Comtrade



Find opportunities to export to Ecuador

If you are an exporter based in Britain, the UK Department for International Trade (DIT), offers an online data base where you can search for current export opportunities and pitch your products to overseas buyers including Ecuadorian importers.


If you are an importer based in Ecuador looking for British products, we invite you to complete the application form at great.gov.uk to access contact details of British exporters via this tool which is administrated by the UK government. When completing the form, please reply 'Britain Latin America Logistics Ltd' to the question 'Where did you hear about great.gov.uk?'


Import taxes/restrictions in Ecuador

Logo ECUAPASS with link to tariff classification site

Visit ECUAPASS-Aduana (official Ecuadorian tariff classification site) to consult the applicable import taxes and restrictions. If you are based in the UK, you can access the UK official export tool: goods from the United Kingdom to Ecuador.


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