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Frequently Asked Questions

If you have additional questions, please contact us, call us at (593) 398-5190 or e-mail us at: ecuadorcommercial@state.gov

What is the U.S. Commercial Service (USCS)?

The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion unit of the International Trade Administration. The U.S. Commercial Service is a global network of 1,800 trade professionals located in more than 250 cities worldwide, dedicated to assisting U.S. exporters and supporting U.S. business interests abroad. In the United States, the U.S. Commercial Service operates an extensive network of Export Assistance Centers that offer companies easy access and efficient response to exporting and international trade inquiries. Overseas, the Commercial Service is present in nearly 80 countries, representing more than 95 percent of the world market for U.S. exports.

The Economic and Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador works closely and regularly with the U.S. Commercial Service office in Bogota, Colombia to provide assistance to U.S. companies wishing to enter the Ecuadorian market. Our mission is to create jobs in the United States by advancing commercial opportunities in Ecuador and strategically assisting firms export U.S. products and services. We offer many of the CS-branded services, which were designed specifically to assist companies such as yours do business in Ecuador.

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Who does the USCS serve?

The U.S. Commercial Service (USCS) primarily serves exporters of U.S. goods and services, particularly small and medium-sized businesses. USCS has a global network of professional consultants in nearly 300 domestic and overseas offices. Our access to the U.S. Commercial Service network of trade specialists allows us to work with your company to help you get started in exporting or increase your sales to Ecuador.

We provide a combination of cost-effective basic and customized services to help you obtain market information, participate in trade events, and identify potential partners. Our commercial specialists have extensive local market expertise and can provide you with comprehensive market analysis and matchmaking assistance in all industries.

We also help Ecuadorian companies source U.S. suppliers and import U.S. goods and services.

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How do I obtain information on the Ecuadorian market?

The Economic and Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador identifies the industry sectors that offer the most potential for U.S. products and services, and prepares market research reports on an on-going basis. If you would like to receive market intelligence about export opportunities for your particular product or service, CS Ecuador can conduct customized market research for your firm.

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Which industry sectors offer the best opportunities?

The Ecuador Country Commercial Guide (CCG) lists the leading sectors for U.S. exports and investment in Ecuador. Access Chapter 1: Doing Business in Ecuador for a brief synopsis of the information contained in this comprehensive report.

Aside from the best prospect sectors, U.S. firms should also be aware of opportunities in other sectors of the Ecuadorian economy. Contact us for information on the market of opportunities for your particular product or service.

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How do I find Ecuadorian buyers/distributors/representatives?

The U.S. Embassy in Ecuador provides many services to help U.S. companies identify potential Ecuadorian partners. Our business matchmaking services are designed to help you locate, screen, and meet with potential buyers, representatives, distributors, and joint venture partners.

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Does Ecuador import my product? How much? Who are the major potential buyers?

The Economic and Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador uses a variety of resources, including in-country databases and local expertise, to provide you with import statistics and a list of the top ten potential importers for your product.

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How do I establish a company in Ecuador?

Foreign and domestic investors have free and equal rights to establish and own businesses in Ecuador, or to acquire and dispose of interest in businesses without discrimination. An individual must be appointed as the company's legal representative.

You will find further information about establishing a company in Ecuador in Chapter 3 of the Ecuador Country Commercial Guide (CCG), which deals with Selling U.S. Products and Services. Access Chapter 1: Doing Business in Ecuador for a brief synopsis of the information contained in this comprehensive report.

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Do any import restrictions apply to my product?

You will find a summary of the most important Ecuadorian import regulations and import restrictions in Chapter 5 of the Ecuador Country Commercial Guide (CCG), Trade Regulations and Standards. Access Chapter 1: Doing Business in Ecuador for a brief synopsis of the information contained in this comprehensive report.

If you need counseling from an expert in customs issues, contact us to request a list of Ecuadorian customs brokers. Please be advised that the listing of a firm does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Department of Commerce or any other agency of the U.S. Government.

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Which safety regulations and standards apply to my product?

You will find information about safety regulations and standards in Chapter 5 of the Ecuador Country Commercial Guide (CCG), Trade Regulations and Standards. Access Chapter 1: Doing Business in Ecuador for a brief synopsis of the information contained in this comprehensive report.

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Where can I obtain financial/commercial references for an Ecuadorian company?

The U.S. Commercial Service in Ecuador can investigate the capabilities, legitimacy and financial strength of your potential Ecuadorian business partners. Our report will contain available sales, profit figures, potential liabilities, and other financial information. Learn more...

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Where can I find a list of business hotels in Ecuador?

For information on hotels in Ecuador, please contact us. We will be happy to provide you with the information you need for a successful business trip.

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How can I obtain a list of trade shows in Ecuador?

Participating in local trade shows is an excellent way to contact Ecuadorian potential buyers and to gain market exposure. Every year the Economic and Commercial Section of the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador supports a number of trade shows and events carefully selected by its team of country experts. Click here to view the current list of local events.

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Where can I find a list of business publications to promote my products?

Advertising in local trade publications is an excellent way to gain market exposure for your product or service in Ecuador. You will find a brief list of the leading Ecuadorian newspapers and business magazines Chapter 3 of the Ecuador Country Commercial Guide (CCG), Selling U.S. Products and Services. Access Chapter 1: Doing Business in Ecuador for a brief synopsis of the information contained in this comprehensive report.

Please contact us for a list of business publications in your specific industry sector. We can supply detailed information, such as the publisher contact data, circulation, frequency, advertising rates, and more.

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Can you help me resolve a complaint against an Ecuadorian company?

If your firm is having difficulties with an Ecuadorian company, please feel free to contact us with detailed information about the situation, contact data, and documented proof of unsuccessful attempts at resolving the problem. We will analyze your case and provide assistance accordingly. Please be advised that the Embassy, by its own initiative, does not intervene in questions arising from private transactions. It does however, attempt to clarify misunderstandings.

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I need legal advice. Where can I find a list of law firms in Ecuador?

If you need legal advice, pleasecontact us. We can provide you with a list of the major law firms located in Ecuador. Please take into account that the listing of a firm does not imply endorsement by the U.S. Embassy or any other agency of the U.S. Government.

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How do I find information about exporting my agricultural products?

You will find information about "Food and Agricultural Import Regulations and Standards-FAIRS" in the Foreign Agricultural Service home page www.fas.usda.gov. If you need additional information or assistance, you will find a live link to the web site of the Foreign Agricultural Service in Ecuador here.

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How do I find Ecuadorian suppliers?

The U.S. Commercial Service does not help U.S. companies find foreign suppliers. Proecuador is the Ecuadorian government office that supports Ecuadorian exporters.

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Where can I find a list of U.S. companies based in Ecuador?

The American Chamber of Commerce in Quito and the American Chamber of Commerce in Guayaquil can provide you with the names of U.S. companies established in Ecuador.

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