I hope you find the following useful. ~gale
From: Sandra Baquero <[email protected]>
I worked 26 years in foreign commerce business and I can send you some tips to help expats to move in a smooth way to Ecuador..
There are people having problems shipping their containers, they are confused about dates because the visas procedure have changed. I am sending you this tips, so you can tell to people and avoid mistakes. People can contact me for more information if they need it.
"" After your attorney tells you that your permanent resident visa has been approved, he will need your original passport to stamp the visa on it at the Foreign Department (Extranjeria) in Quito. This procedure takes from 2-3 weeks. As you won’t have your original passports with you for this period of time, my advice is that you ask your attorney to notarize at least one color copy of your passport as a “faithful copy of the original” so you can have some identification document with you while you are waiting for original passport to be returned.
But do not ship your belongings yet, because you could lose your duty free rights. Because for your household goods to be duty free, they must arrive in Guayaquil within six months after the date that your passport is stamped with your permanent resident visa. If your household goods arrive no more than one month after the deadline date, you will have to pay a 33% tax on declared amount. If your household goods arrive more than one month after the deadline, they will be refused. ""
All the best,
Customs & Transport Advisory
SANESTAR SHIPPING SERVICES
celular international 001- 593-9-9690583
celular national 099690583
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