Importing Products from 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 betwenn Ecuador and 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 Ecuador to the UK

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



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


Top-10 product types imported from Ecuador to United Kingdom in 2019

1. Edible fruit and nuts
    ...............................................................................................$60.0 M

2. Meat, fish and seafood food preparations
    ...............................................................................................$49.9 M

3. Fish and crustaceans, molluscs and other aquatic
    invertebrates
    ...............................................................................................$30.7 M

4. Vegetable textile fibres; paper yarn and woven
    fabrics of paper yarn
    ...............................................................................................$6.0 M

5. Trees and other plants, live; bulbs, roots and the like;
    cut flowers and ornamental foliage
    ...............................................................................................$4.8 M

6. Edible vegetables and certain roots and tubers
    ...............................................................................................$4.0 M

7. Miscellaneous edible preparations
    ...............................................................................................$2.5 M

8. Plastics and articles thereof
    ...............................................................................................$2.2 M

9. Vegetable, fruit, nut, food preparations
    ...............................................................................................$1.9 M

10. Headgear and parts thereof
    ...............................................................................................$1.2 M

M: Millions USD
Source: DIT / UN Comtrade



Where to search for ecuadorian products/exporters

PRO-Ecuador

Visit PRO ECUADOR, the official institution in charge of the commercial promotion of exports in Ecuador.


Exporter's guide

If you are and exporter based in Ecuador, download here a comprehensive exporter's guide.


Import taxes/restrictions in the United Kingdom

Visit the UK Trade Tariff (official UK tariff classification site) to consult the applicable import taxes and restrictions (if any) to Ecuadorian products. This is done by entering either the tariff code or the description of the particular commodity on the site's search tool.


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