Some people use trips abroad to buy goods that in other countries may be on sale or with a greater discount than what can be found in the national territory. The National Customs Service of Ecuador (Senae) determines the amount and type of items that can enter through different routes without the need to pay tax.

These are called personal belongings of travelers and are considered goods accompanying the traveler or family group, “provided that they cannot be considered commercial due to their quantity or value, and that they are exempt from paying taxes on foreign trade, additional tariffs and presentation of authorizations, permits, permits and import registrations,” explains Senae.

This is how the process of modernization of Ecuapasso and Carina goes

On September 15, a decision was issued SENAE-SENAE-2023-0079-RE in which he reformed the resolution that determined the quantities and products that could be brought in by air and that were considered personal belongings of passengers.

Article 2 changes the list and now it is considered the passenger’s personal belongings Properly sealed or vacuum-sealed food and no longer “processed food, properly sealed or vacuum packed”. Similarly, section 11 has also been amended to read “medicines, vitamins and dietary supplements”. In the case of medicines, they must be accompanied by a national or foreign doctor’s prescription. In the case of dietary supplements, a maximum of 8 kilograms“. Before, you could only weigh four kilos.

Now passengers over the age of 18 will also be able to carry up to five liters of alcoholic beveragewhat was previously allowed was three litres.

They are allowed to enter up to 500 milliliters of perfume per passenger or 1000 milliliters of perfume per family group, in new bottles. Previous regulations allowed 300 per passenger and 600 per family group.

The scanners will be operational in all Guayaquil ports by the first half of next November, said Ralph Suástegui, director of Senaa.

He also increased the measures for creams, body lotions, sprays and the like. Now is what is authorized 2500 milliliters per passenger or 5000 milliliters total per family group.

The solution also allows the entry of one new and one used unit of portable items:

In addition, a new or used unit of these items is considered personal property:

In case of exceeding the limit, travelers must pay the excess of taxable property, which may also result in a fine.

This decision entered into force on the day of signing.