Sending parcels to Ecuador
Straddling the equator on the west coast of South America, Ecuador's name literally means just that; 'equator'. Boasting active volcanos, incredible scenery and picturesque beaches, Ecuador also has wonderful markets and offers relative ease of travel.
For businesses, trade with Ecuador is much less complicated than with other South American countries, thanks to an EU draft trade agreement signed with the Ecuadorean government. In addition, the US dollar has been the country's currency since 2000; a useful benefit for UK businesses as it helps make transactions simpler.
What restrictions exist?
As with many countries, live animals cannot be imported in to Ecuador - even if you could send them in the mail. There are some exceptions for Ecuador, though; bees and leeches! Bees must have authorisation from the Department of
Agriculture and Livestock, however leeches may be sent as long as they travel in suitable packaging. According to the Universal Postal Union they must be in a sealed cloth bag along with marl or moss. This bag must be placed inside a wooden box and padded with hay. Be aware that straw is prohibited, so don't use this to line the box.
When shipping food there are prohibitions of which to be aware. Importation of meat and offal is prohibited, as is all fish and crustaceans, bird eggs, milk and dairy products. There are restrictions surrounding fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as other live plants and foliage. You should be aware the dried and preserved fruits such as trail mixes and jams will also only be admitted conditionally.
As with many countries it is forbidden to mail printed material of a pornographic or immoral nature. The government is also very strict on the sending of banknotes or paper money. This also extends to things like bonds and coins, as well as gold and platinum items, such as jewellery.
Surprising items that appear on the prohibited list include metallised yarn or yarn containing gold thread, such as those used in embroidery. In addition, paintings, sculptures, antiques and ceramics are not allowed.
Sending your parcel
Once you've got all of the restrictions out of the way make sure you package your parcel carefully, ensuring all openings are securely taped down. Always fill out the customs forms in full and attach the documents to the front of the parcel. Packages worth £270 or less will require the CN22 form, while parcels over this amount will need the CN23. As a country outside of the EU, your receiver may be liable to an import tax, a levy which can be quite high on luxury items.
With almost 6,000 miles to travel from the UK, your package will take several days to make its journey to the tropics, but rest assured it will be well looked after by our trusted international partner.
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Sending parcels to Ecuador