|Population:||198.7 million (2012)|
|Area:||3,287,612 square miles|
|Top 5 Largest Cities:||1. Sao Paulo 2. Rio de Janeiro 3. Salvador 4. Brazilia 5. Fortaleza|
|Climate:||Tropical, subtropical, highland tropical, equatorial and semiarid.|
|Motto:||“Orden e Progresso” / “Order and Progress”|
Moving overseas can be a tedious task if not approached correctly. Timing, special packing requirements and Customs are just a few things that can make your household move challenging. Here at Nationwide Van Lines, we assure ourselves by following all of Brazil’s strict guidelines to successfully move your household items into Brazil. We provide you Certified Packers & Loaders through AMSA, the best materials, competitive land and sea rates and Door-to-Door service to keep you satisfied throughout your entire furniture venture. Give us a call TODAY to be on your way! To better prepare you for your trip, we’ve accumulated some valuable information below.
There are many documents to submit. Prior to importing into Brazil, registration must be done with the Foreign Trade Secretariat (SECEX), a part of the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC).
To better familiarize yourself with the needed paperwork, the following will be a brief description of each document.
Import Declaration (DSI) – A document stating the household goods (HHGS) being shipped. The declaration is performed using the Sistema Integrado de Comercio Exterior (SISCOMEX).
Customs Value Declaration – A document used to calculate duties and taxes that states the value of the entire household shipment.
Electronic Export Information (EEI) – Necessary document for household goods shipments valuing over $2,000.
Packing List – Includes all information regarding the household goods being shipped.
Certificate of Origin – Gives verification of which country your household goods are manufactured in.
Prior to importing into Brazil, registration must be done with the Foreign Trade Secretariat (SECEX), a part of MDIC.
Once your household goods have arrived in Brazil along with your documents, both are subjected to examination by Customs. A CBP officer will examine your household goods to determine the value, correct markings, proper invoicing, existence of prohibited items, damages, deterioration and illegal narcotics. It’s important to assure all items are properly described and accounted for to avoid any delays or seizure of items. Once your items are approved for release, they are safeguarded by the proper officers.
There are numerous fees and taxes to pay during Customs clearing of your household goods. The three major taxes to prepare yourself for will be Import Duty, the Merchandise and Service Circulation tax and the Industrialized Product tax. There are also a number of minute taxes and fees to add on to the above mentioned.
Import Duty (II) – All import duties are mandated by the Brazilian Federation. The targeted aspects of taxed household goods are based on Cost, Insurance and Freight (CIF). Household goods import duty rates span from 10% to 35%. You can find a publication by The Ministry of Development (MDIC), Industry and Foreign Trade regarding a full list of the Mercosur Common Nomenclature (NCM) at http://www.desenvolvimento.gov.br/sitio/interna/interna.php?area=5&menu;=1848.
One can import specific goods and quantity into Brazil. Below you will find the items and its details of being duty-free:
Industrialized Product Tax (IPI) – The IPI is a federal tax focusing on imported and domestic manufactured products. At the original point of sale, this tax is implemented by the manufacturer or those who process the goods, thus generally not a tax for the importer. The IPI cost spans from 0% – 15%. For more details about NCM products and IPI tariffs by Brazilian Customs, please visit http://www.receita.fazenda.gov.br/guiacontribuinte/consclassfiscmerc.htm.
Merchandise and Service Circulation tax (ICMS) – Taxed towards imports and domestic products by the state government. The ICMS tax is based on the accumulation cost of CIF, Import Duty and IPI. ICMS is paid to clear your household goods through Customs. ICMS cost ranges from 7% – 18% based on interstate moves which vary in cost
Every country prohibits certain degrees of goods based on its economy and safety. Most restrictions have been removed by the Brazilian Government, but used capital goods are usually not permitted if there is a similar item locally. Below, you will find items not allowed to import into Brazil.
Some items are permitted, but still requires either special authorization and/or duties to be paid. Here is a list below of Restricted Items.
The liability for duties are paid once Customs has cleared your shipment for release. There are no options of prepaid duties or taxes prior to exportation from a foreign country. Once your shipment is filed with CBP, the party and only the party listed as the receiver can pick up the shipment. If household goods are warehoused, the party of liability can be changed to another party, most whom purchased the goods. The Customs broker cannot pay duties, but can accept a check written out to the Customs and Border Protection to forward. Once items are received, all articles are deemed owned by the receiver and no longer in ownership of the CBP.
Embassy of Brazil in the United States
3006 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
Tel (202) 238 – 2700
Fax (202) 238 – 2827
Receita Federal (Customs Agency)
Esplanada dos Ministérios, Bloco P
70048-900 Brasilia, DF
Tel: (55-61) 412-3000
Fax: (55-61) 412-1721
For more details about importing into Brazil, please visit http://export.gov/brazil/static/CCG%202011%20-%20Chapter%205%20-%20Trade%20Regulations%20and%20Standards_Latest_eg_br_034997.pdf.
All information featured above is for viewing purposes only. To obtain up-to-date information about overseas shipment, please notify your nearest Consulate.