When we relocated from Switzerland to Manta Ecuador we hired Sandra Baquero to handle the Guayaquil to Manta part, which included getting our household goods thru customs. At first, we had tried to find an international moving company to handle everything from door to door, but we got suspicious as we were given obviously false information about what we were allowed to bring with us in a container full of household goods.
So luckily, after searing the Internet we found Sandra who was highly recommended by other Expats who had their houshold goods relocated to Ecuador. We contacted her about 3 months prior to the shipment of our goods and she patiently answered all questions we came up with and provided us with very useful information about what is allowed to bring into Ecuador and what were the Ecuadorian Customs requirements and about what information has to appear on a packing list.
If you consider relocating to Ecuador from overseas, be prepared to spend a large portion of your packing time with simultaneously entering a complete inventory of every box in an Excel sheet. This will take hours of your time back home, but it’s time wisely invested, as you can be reassured that Ecuadorian customs officials will do a thorough inspection, verifying the content of randomly chosen boxes against the list when your container is cleared. Another good piece of advice: Get yourself a good lawyer who is knowledgeable in getting your permant resident visa fast. We got ours within 4 weeks, having made sure all our papers were in order.
After we finally arrived in Ecuador we met Sandra about two weeks before the presumed arrival date of our container. She visited us in Manta, explained us what was expected from us upon arrival of the container in Guayaquil and also inspected our premises to make sure the container unload would be smooth.
As a result of the thorough preparation, getting the container thru customs was a piece of cake and the truck arrived in Manta only 4 days after customs clearance started. Sandra supervised the unloading at our home which was handled by her competent crew in a short time without any flubs.
Sandra also refunded us the container deposit and other port fees that were lower than expected as soon as she was in possession of the final receipts.
We can only recommend hiring Sandra and her team to assist you on your relocation.
Manta, 9 th of October
Yvonne and Daniel