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Wednesday, September 9, 2015
To ship or not to ship personal belonging from USA to Ecuador? September 2015
Expats opinions from ExpatExchange Ecuador forum and InterNations Quito forum. To ship or not to ship? Opinion
it up and bring it with you on the plane.
also have a period of time from when you enter the country and receive your
visa to receive a shipment via cargo -- this is a rather involved process and
requires professional assistance. As
for delivery via say UPS -- the cost is astronomical.
just isn't worth it. With the money you save, you can do a billion runs to and
from Miami to purchase all those items you really feel you need AFTER you move
here. Your perspective may change once you set up house.
a couple of weeks ago, they had a special on LAN Airlines for GYE-MIA first
class, all in at 750 or something like that. That's three bags of 70 lbs each
for each person. That's a lot of pans, plates, sheets, towels, mattress
toppers, tools, and appliances for two people flying.
you can have new beautiful furniture made by local artisans for less than it
would cost to haul that old sofa and kitchen table down here.
everything can be had in Ecuador and the price difference for buying new items
in Ecuador (those that won't fit in your bags like a TV, Washer/dryer...whatever..).will
still be cheaper than paying a huge sum of money to haul your older stuff down.
just arrived 2 weeks ago. I agree to not ship any furniture or large
appliances...get them here. We are only shipping personal items...lots of
books, clothing and other personal items for a total of 3 palettes(1
pallet=48"x48"x80"). We opted to use a shipping company,
International Van Lines. We thought about using the extra suitcase routine but
we have lots of books and that weight adds up fast. Considering the traveling
we did immediately after arriving it would have be a real pain in the behind.
It was a pain with the 4 suitcases and 2 backpacks we had You can always get an
estimate and go that way if you choose to. We packed some basic get started
stuff for the kitchen, a set of sheets and towels. The rest of the linens were
used as packing supplies. So explore your options based on what you are
it is fragile -- breakable and irreplaceable -- give it to someone you love -- don't
ship it here.
it is a fridge, stove, washer dryer or BBQ...leave it in the States -- because
you won't be able to get service for it here --parts are different and service
it is furniture -- you can buy it here...sell it give it away
much if it something you would have your kids or family inherit when you die --
give it to them now.
-- what does that leave?
tools, craft equipment, cutlery -- clothes (especially large size shoes and
large size clothes.
articles -- although if you are Catholic you have hit the jackpot -- if you are
Jewish -- bring a mezuzah but Chabad will be happy to come and bring you a few
for a nice donation, and bring your menorah, candle sticks, oh heck you know
the drill. if you are Protestant of whatever denomination... uh... bring your
favorite bible.. if you Muslim, your Qu'uran and your mat and yes there are
Mosques ... your best contacts are in Quito and find your local Shwarma stand
what I am saying is -- you want to bring that makes your house a home -- but
this is a fresh start -- not a place to cloister yourself with everything you
had back where you came from. Things do not travel well and they do get lost in
the move. Give stuff away to those who need it -- down size -- and lighten the
load -- Life is easier that way.
Please think twice about shipping anything to
Ecuador! Our members (South American Explorer Quito Clubhouse) have had terrible experiences with the Ecuadorian Customs
system. Import papers must be redone several times, depending on the particular
clerk. Additional duties on both new and used items are imposed at the last
minute. Things are stolen out of the shipping boxes after each box has been
opened and rifled. It took V.., moving from the US, over three months to
finally get her stuff released for customs. AND any small package over 4 kilos
is charged $40 or more for importation. AND there are no import contractors
that will make a difference. V.. used one out of Miami, Florida and it
made no difference. Here is my suggestion. Bring everything with you as excess
baggage. I know it sounds crazy, but that is cheaper and faster than actually
trying to ship you stuff. The boxes will glide through airport customs unless
they are in a "just purchased" large box.