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Import/shipping restrictions on nutritional supplements?

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GeoffreyLevens
9/22/2013 20:27 EST

Been searching Uncle Google and finding nothing. I was informed by PuntaMio shipping service that I could only order/import 1 pound of nutritional supps at a time. They seem to be not answering emails of late (could just be the weekend???). Anybody know if this is just because they have that tax free zone address dealio? Or is it an actual customs reg and over 1 lb won't make it through?

What is likelihood of bunch of vitamins and stuff actually getting to me and would they ding me some extra massive amount for my personal weirdness?

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rodreego
9/23/2013 14:33 EST

"...would they ding me some extra massive amount for my personal weirdness?"

That would probably cover the National debt ;-)

Get yourself a local P.O. Box, they're only $20- 30 a year. Order what you want from the mainland and have it shipped to a friend. Have the friend put the order into less than a 4 kilo package and have it mailed to you by regular U.S.P.S.. As long as the declared value (per parcel) is less than $400 and contents are listed appropriately, you'll have no argument with customs.

Depending on the Supplement company you're dealing with, they might ship direct to Ecuador but make sure they put the goods into parcels as described.

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GeoffreyLevens
9/23/2013 15:44 EST

Rodreego, thanks! That is very simple and encouraging!! Got PO Box this morning as coincidence would have it...

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Double00
6/7/2016 10:20 EST

In my case, I would like to ship 1 Lb collagen to my son in Guayaquil to his brand new personal PO Box via USPS. Are there any limitations I should know about sendiong supplements? I once sent some through a company in Hialeah, FL, and they said "supplements cost more to ship". BTW, my son and I are both Ecuadorians but I have lived in the US for 32 years and became a citizen. So whenever I go to Ecuador it's like going to a foreign country since I don't go often. Thanks for any advice.

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LADDIED
6/7/2016 10:46 EST

USPS is best. If your shipment is under 4 kilos, and $400 you should have no problem. Will take 2 to 4 weeks to arrive. If shipped to the post office in the nearest city will get there 1 to 2 weeks sooner. There seems to be a delay between the post office here and arriving at a private post office.

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andrewestes
6/7/2016 11:51 EST

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Double00
6/7/2016 11:56 EST

Thanks so much!
After posting my question that you so kindly answered, I found this link http://pe.usps.com/text/imm/ce_025.htm on "Country Conditions for Mailing — Ecuador" where it says "Regardless of mail class or contents, items containing goods require a commercial invoice." (!) I hope they are not too stringent in demanding that invoice because I don't have one but a packing slip that it specifically says "Not an Invoice". I'm annoyed also because it says "Any item containing vegetable components in any form whatsoever must be accompanied by a health certificate as prescribed by the internal legislation of Ecuador." What if I want to send a bottle of powdered chlorophyll? I would hate to ship these things to my son and have the post office there disallow them and lose money and time. Please give me your input on this. Thanks, ¡un millón de gracias!

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LADDIED
6/7/2016 14:46 EST

I get supplements from Europe in padded envelops. the label says documents and items for personal use. Comes with no problems. the main concern with the government here is people bringing in large supply's they intend to sell, and trying to avoid the customs duties.
Just another case of the sins of the few making it hard for the rest of us. Rarely any problems as long as you use international postage. Just take to your local post office..
Using any of the private commercial shipping services will cause you to have problems. The funny thing is that most will hand it to the EC post office when it gets here. They just fly it to the point of entry. You will have big problems if you try to use them.

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Double00
6/7/2016 16:51 EST

Thank you LADDIED! Your response brings me piece of mind :)

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Placestogo6
6/7/2016 18:15 EST

My experience was that packages from UK went through very easily.. but packages from US were delayed by at least a month , on one occasion 2 months..

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MrBill1955
6/17/2016 08:36 EST

It will also depend on who the customs person handling the package at the time it arrives. I have had friends have a package of supplements denied and returned because the person classed it as food.
Just be forewarned, it may make it, it may not.

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