One in five Ecuadorian exporters face challenges with non-tariff measures (NTMs). Major challenges for Ecuadorian exports are conformity assessments, rules of origin, and export clearance procedures. Three-quarters of the challenges relate to regulations of destination countries, the other 25% relate to regulations in Ecuador itself.Even though exporters face difficulties linked to regulations, they do not question the validity of regulations but their implementation. Eighty-five per cent of NTM-related obstacles are due to procedures at national institutions, such as delays and numerous or excessive documentation.The report recommends for Ecuador to improve its trade facilitation and efficiency in export-related procedures.
Publication Date: 20 Feb. 2018