Glossary of terms

  • International freight: The legal person authorized as such by the CAE, which can make and receive shipments, consolidation and deconsolidation merchandise, act like operator of multimodal, subject to specific regulations and agreements, to issue own documents of its activity such as bills of lading, airway bills, consignment, manifest and others.
  • Shipping Agent: It is the authorized legal person acting as such within the customs territory on behalf of shipowners or carriers operating in the country and by virtue are responsible to CAE by operating steps that are proper.
  • Package: unit used to contain goods, consisting of boxes, bales, bags, containers, cylinders and other forms of presentation as goods, as appropriate.
  • General cargo: goods of all kinds, including small packages delivered to a carrier for transport. The term excludes the international postal traffic, which are given a special customs treatment.
  • Consignor: also known as the sender or shipper; It is the natural or legal person who appoints the recipient who should receive shipments and delivering the required and necessary information to authorized for the immediate release of goods at the place of destination authorized private companies.
  • Cargo Consolidation: The act of grouping goods on several embarcamientos to be transported to or from Ecuador, for one or more recipients, through a contract with a duly authorized by the CAE consolidator or freight forwarder. When the cargo consolidation include goods shipped by another consolidator, the company must comply with all requirements stipulated by the Ecuadorian Customs Corporation for the exercise of their activity.
  • Value statement: The statement made by the consignor or shipper of goods to the value of imported goods. Simplified Office Treatment of goods for import or export based on minimum data elements with the aim of making a quick clearance.
  • Total Destruction: The physical destruction or disappearance of the goods, that totally unusable according to their nature or function, produced during temporary storage.
  • Authorized company: are exclusively firms legally established in the country that provide services or third international express transport, by air, with or without their own means of regular or specific hiring transport, registered and licensed by the Ecuadorian Customs Corporation clear customs documents and quick shipments, simplified procedures and within ranges predetermined value and weight.
  • Fast Shipping: Goods fulfilling customs formalities, benefiting from this scheme in accordance with the categories established for the purpose.
  • Commercial Invoice: The original document issued by the manufacturer or seller of goods abroad, in which all reference to the merchandise information, value, detailed buyer and seller.
  • Commercial Purpose: Submit the goods imported by post or courier to traffic.