Expections grow in Tulcan, Ecuador due to customs reform

Businessmen of Tulcan, a small city in Ecuador that borders with Colombia, applauded the federal government’s decision to restrict national travelers who re-enter the country by land with printers and televisions (El Universo, 30 October 2016). This measure is a layer added to the “Commercial basket” law, which went into effect on October 2015, where businessmen from five Ecuadorean provinces can import selected appliances from Colombia duty-free and without safeguard measures. This law was implemented to incentive national tourists to purchase appliances at competitive prices within Tulcan. Thousands of Ecuadoreans travel each year to Colombia to purchase appliances, more commonly televisions, printers, and laptops (El Universo).