Saturday, October 6, 2012

Ecuador: Government Restricts Number of Cell Phones Individuals Can Bring in Duty-Free

The Committee for External Commerce (Comité de Commercio Exterior) of the Government of Ecuador recently issued Resolution 67, which limits the number of cellular telephones that an individual can bring into Ecuador when traveling by air or sea or receiving via international courier service (e.g., DHL, FEDEX or UPS) without paying importation duties.

COMMENT: Resolution 67 proscribes that individuals can only bring in TWO new mobile phones from abroad; if they bring in more prevailing duties will apply. 

Travelers should be aware that they may be prosecuted under Ecuadorian law for intentionally circumventing this import regulation. 

The resolution does not prohibit individuals from purchasing additional mobile phones from vendors based in Ecuador.