Strategic Geographic Location
Ecuador is located in the north east of South America on the Pacific coast. Its strategic position allows it to have direct access to all Latin-American countries, East Asia and to the west coast of the United States. Its proximity to the Panama Canal permits safe access to Europe, the east coast of the United States, the Middle East and the rest of Asia.
A larger bulk of trade takes advantage of ocean routes. Every year, there are over 2.500 vessels that leave from Ecuadorian ports. Nevertheless, an important fraction of foreign trade takes advantage of air connections, principally through the Quito International Airport.