July 20, 2021
Ecuador issues oil and gas policy and reduces customs tariffs
The policy requires the Ministry of Energy and Nonrenewable Natural Resources to modify the model used for oil and gas contracts and renegotiate current contracts. In addition, the Government is reducing customs tariffs on 667 items beginning August 1, 2021.
The President of Ecuador issued an oil and gas policy aimed at promoting investments and exports. Additionally, the Government reduced customs tariffs on 667 items. According to these initiatives, the Government is incentivizing foreign investment in Ecuador to reactivate the economy.
Oil and gas policy
The policy is part of an immediate action plan for the oil and gas sector that will be implemented over 100 days beginning July 7, 2021. According to the policy, this sector must be efficient, competitive, sustainable, environmentally responsible and innovation based. It also must guarantee legal protection and increase investment.
The policy directs the Ministry of Energy and Nonrenewable Natural Resources to execute the following:
Customs tariff reduction
On August 1, 2021, the Government will reduce the customs tariffs on 667 items. Of the 667 items, 590 will have a 0% tariff, 30 will have a 5% tariff, 20 will have a 10% tariff and the rest will have a 15% to 30% tariff. The tariff reduction will benefit 81 productive sectors.