Buying cell phones on the Internet is even cheaper with taxes included
Buying a mobile on the Internet abroad and shipping it to the country is an option that can lower the prices paid by consumers. In addition to expanding the variety of options for the user.
A resolution of the Ministry of Foreign Trade announced on Tuesday reopened this possibility, because since 2012 it was forbidden to bring to the country this type of devices through courier services.
The new measure imposes a 27.5% tax. That is, ad-valorem (15%), VAT (12%) and Fodinfa (0,5%). In addition to the 5% tax on foreign exchange outflows (ISD).
An example of this is the purchase of a 16GB iPhone 6S. In the US the phone costs $ 649 and adding taxes and the shipping to Ecuador, it could cost $ 874.92. In contrast, a previous model sold with an operator plan has a final cost of about $ 1,000 with a 24 months financing.