Tax: up to 96%

Duties: up to 34%

Restricted items: Second-hand goods

Non-working days: Saturday, Sunday, and Public Holidays  

Lead times: 6-7 weeks

Best Carrier option: Freight Forwarder

Prominent Languages: Portuguese

The Complexities of Importing into Brazil

Although Brazil is the biggest economy in South America, and an important player in the foreign trade market, the country is known for being incredibly challenging for businesses trading in Brazilian territory. Importing into Brazil is notoriously difficult and expensive due to the excessively high taxes put in place by the government to disincentivize the purchase of foreign goods to stimulate the internal economy. Shipping directly into Brazil is also a real challenge and shipping via another hub is recommended. This is a highly complex process with numerous moving parts.

When shipping indirectly, you must use a freight forwarder. Brazil also has further restrictions on second-hand goods, and due to the potential for shipping through the USA, tariffs associated with the Chinese trade war should be considered. Despite the complexity faced when importing into Brazil, several large IT companies have regional headquarters and data centers located here.

One of the major challenges faced by importers and exporters is dealing with the excess of documents and bureaucratic processes involved in the release/clearance of the cargo being shipped to or from Brazil. Using an importer of record is crucial to ensure that all of the correct documentation has been filled out before your business begins importing into Brazil, or you could face heavy fines or delays.

Besides the evolution of Brazil, infrastructure is still poor in many parts of the country, including the surrounding roads of some of the most important ports and airports. This makes it more difficult for you to effectively integrate your import and export operations in Brazil and guarantee a safe and agile cargo pick up or delivery.

How TecEx Can Help You Import into Brazil

Shipping to Brazil need not be so complicated. As Brazil is one of our most popular destinations, you can rest assured that TecEx’s tried and tested process is the most reliable and efficient solution. TecEx will ensure that all necessary compliance is in place, conducting rigorous pre-compliance checks to ensure your goods sail through customs the first time. Although an expensive destination, TecEx’s 100% accurate, fully landed quotes mean you can budget accurately without worrying about unforeseen costs.

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