I'm considering moving to Ecuador. I have a 3 horse gooseneck trailer with a small living quarter (camper). I understand there is nothing like this available in Ecuador. I would like to ship it, especially...
I’ve flown from Tampa to Costa Rica (usually via Miami) 4 times since 2008. I’ve never paid less than $400 RT to go there either. So, I don’t see that as a discouraging price. Plus, I don’t know that I’d make the trip back to the US very often.
I can’t answer your question about property taxes. However, from what I’ve read, one can get a permanent visa just based on owning property in Ecuador or a business (including a farm). This link will take you to general information about immigration visas on the Embassy of Ecuador in the US site: http://www.ecuador.org/nuevosite/Req_Visas_Inmigrante_e.php
The only suggestion I can make regarding the management is that I’d like to spend at least a month in Ecuador, preferably in a situation of “working for my food and lodging” and possibly a bit of income. I have property management experience, both from working in homeowners association management and being on boards of association, plus owning rental properties and self managing. I speak some Spanish and found that I learn pretty quickly when immersed, during my time co-managing my friends’ horseback trekking business in Costa Rica from last Nov to late Jan, when she couldn’t be there. If you want to contact me directly to talk more about the possibilities, my email is: email@example.com
I’m planning to visit Ecuador, and possibly move there. Are you sure they are ‘no-see-ems” and not sand fleas? In my experience with tropical and some subtropical beaches, usually you have sand fleas, which attack the legs when standing or walking and the whole body if laying on the beach. They tend to come out in the morning and evening, not bothering you during the warmth of the day. “No-see-ems” are a flying insect, and though also tend to be more prevalent from evening to morning, they are sometimes out during the day, too. However, they will attack your whole body even while standing.
I’ve done research. And it is possible to import your horse and belongings to Ecuador, especially after you’ve attained a permanent visa. One has a time limit once they receive a permanent visa to import their household belongings into Ecuador, usually with no duty. If you horse(s) is(are) for personal use, there is probably little to no import duty. However, if you plan to (or it seems like you will) breed, then they will likely impose some duty. Here is a link that will help you understand what needs to be done from a veterinary stand point in order to import your horse: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/regulations/vs/iregs/animals/animal_ecuador.shtml
For shipping, contact Mersant or do a search for other companies using “International Horse Shippers.” Mersant was recommended by my vet when I asked. Most of these shippers are familiar with and take care of or assist with all the export/import requirements of the countries involved and often all the required processes are included in the shipping prices.