Shipping in Ecuador

Get up-to-date local information about import procedures and restrictions, demurrage and detention, container pick-ups and more.

Procedure / Requirements

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  • Documentation Requirements: 
    • Original Bill of Lading (B/L) is necessary to release cargo from customs authorities. If B/L is printed at origin, shipper must send to consignee at least one (1) original B/L in order to release import cargo. No express release accepted.
    • Any change to Bill of lading after Vessel has arrived to Guayaquil, must be notified and approved by Imports Customer Service.
    • Consignee information must be complete, including the TAX ID, called RUC in Ecuador.
    • If the physical bill of lading has no CARRIER SEAL and it shows ML-NONE, local customs will open and inspect the container charging a customs fine. Therefore, the CARRIER SEAL is mandatory and the SHIPPER SEAL is optional.
    • Electronic information is submitted to local customs systems 72 hours before vessel arrival. Any change to Bill of lading after this time, should be notified to Customer Service ( and pay a fine of USD 290 in order to update the information in the Customs System.
    • Weight must be in kilos and measurement in cubic meters (CBM).



  • Used cars are not accepted, unless part of household goods shipment, in accordance to customs regulations.
  • Used clothes are not accepted.
  • No partial imports accepted, No short shipments, No manual splits are allowed. 
  • Seaway bills are NOT accepted
  • No acceptance for 45' containers.
  • OOG, B/B and IMO cargo subject to standard Maersk Line Approval procedures and local customs regulations. Please contact customerservice@sealand.comfor any inquiries.


Demurrage / Detention / Free time

To view the detailed information for Demurrage and Detention in Ecuador, please click here.

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