The requirements for imports of the European Union have more flexibility after the Ministerial Agreement 14241, issued by the Ministry of Industry and Productivity (MIPRO for its Spanish acronym) on June 3.
Currently, the European products are only required a Conformity Certificate of first part (from the EU) or an affidavit of the compliance of Ecuadorian Technical Regulation by the importer.
Previously, certifications of authorized entities by the Ecuadorian Accreditation Service (SAE) were also required.
Agustin Ortiz, Director of the Ecuadorian Standardization Institute (INEN), said that the agreement “is a way to show our seriousness and commitment to the goal of the trade agreement (with the EU) …”.
He added that despite being in force and published in the Official Registry, the new regulations were not fully known, and because of that they met on Wednesday with representatives of the European Community to treat the subject.