A message from Ambassador Namm
Welcome to the Business section of the U.S. Embassy in Quito, Ecuador!
Ecuador, with a population of 15.8 million inhabitants, is a small-to-medium market for U.S. exports. In 2013, U.S. exports to Ecuador accounted for $7.5 billion, a 15.8% increase from 2012. The U.S. is Ecuador’s top trading partner. Ecuador’s real annual GDP growth was 4.5% in 2013, with nominal GDP totaling $93.58 billion in 2013. Despite its unpredictable economic and trade policies, Ecuador remains a market with significant potential for U.S. firms, as Ecuadorian consumers view American products as attractive and high-quality. Ecuador is a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and CAN (Andean Community of Nations).
All overseas markets have their unique challenges and opportunities, but both the Embassy in Quito and the Consulate General in Guayaquil stand ready to assist U.S. firms in developing successful commercial relationships with Ecuadorian partners. Whether you are exploring the Ecuadorian market for the first time or looking to expand current sales, I encourage you to make use of the resources on this website and to contact us if you have specific questions.
In particular, I recommend reading our Country Commercial Guide, a comprehensive reference on the commercial and investment landscape in Ecuador. I also encourage Ecuadorian firms seeking U.S. products and connections with U.S. businesses to review the information provided on upcoming U.S. trade shows and investment opportunities in the United States.
We hope the information you find here will be helpful in assessing potential opportunities. The U.S. Embassy in Quito and the Consulate General in Guayaquil look forward to supporting U.S. firms in strengthening our bilateral commercial partnership with Ecuador.
Adam E. Namm, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Ecuador
The U.S. Embassy Quito’s Economic and Commercial Section manages the bilateral economic agenda and promotes trade and investment between the United States and Ecuador. The Economic and Commercial Section promotes U.S. exports, and works to protect U.S. business interests by advocating for fair and transparent business practices. We provide U.S. companies with information on Ecuador’s economic and commercial policies; advocate for transparency and fairness in the government procurement process; assist companies seeking resolution of commercial disputes; and provide U.S. businesses with general market information. We also can provide contact information for providers of more customized commercial services, as well as of local business organizations.
To contact the U.S. Embassy’s Economic and Commercial Section, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Commercial Specialist: Sofía Zárate
Industries: Construction, Defense, Energy, Oil, Financial Services, Hotel & Restaurant Equipment, Safety & Security, Waste, and Water.
Commercial Assistant: Sandra Tinajero
Industries: Franchises, Health & Beauty, Vitamins, Medical/Dental Equipment, Education, Tourism, Consumer Goods, Plastics and Packaging & Processing Equipment.
Please send inquiries about imports of U.S. food and agricultural products to AgQuito@usda.gov
For inquiries about consular processes (visas) please write to ConsularQuito@state.gov
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