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Moving to Brazil


Capital: Brasilia
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
Lanuage: Portuguese
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.

Customs Documents

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.

The following personal documents are required by Customs:

  • Residence or Temporary Work Visa
  • Original Bill of Lading
  • Brazil Identification Card
  • Proof of residing abroad for a year or more for returning citizens
  • Notarized Passport
  • 2 notarized copies of your airline tickets
  • Baggage declaration for returning citizens and non-Diplomats
  • 2 notarized copies of your Brazilian Tax Card (CPF Number)
  • Notarized Employment Contract, if a non-Diplomat
  • 3 copies of Supplemental Form for Diplomats
  • Certificate of Residence for returning citizens
  • 13 months of preceding bill receipts,/
  • 2 copies of the Registro Nacional de Estrangeiros (RNE) for a non-diplomat. You must go to your local Federal Police within 30 days of arrival in Brazil.
  • Authenticated copy of Ministério das Relaçoes Exteriores (MRE) identification for Diplomats
  • 3 notarized copies of Declaraçao Simplificada de Importaçao (DSI), Diplomatic Franchise for Diplomats
  • Guaranteed Bond for a non-Diplomat
  • ISPM-15 “Fumigation Certificate, if it applies
  • Declaration of Residence Abroad for returning citizens and non-Diplomats
  • Inventory list of items in Portuguese (1 for your new items and 1 for your old items)
  • Letter of authorizing Destination Agent for clearance
  • “Termo de Responsibilidade” at;=DLFE-401.pdf.

Additional detailed document requirements

  • If your new and used HHGS are for personal use, declared and the new items are notated on your Packing List, then they can be imported duty-free.
  • Electronics and electrical items has to have the brand name, model and serial number when declaring.
  • Returning citizens must live abroad for no less than a year continuously before moving to Brazil.
  • Returning citizens and Permanent Visa holders can import baggage that’s unaccompanied duty-free if identified accurately.
  • Returning citizens must prove their time abroad of no less than a year by a letter of employment or a letter by the Brazilian Consulate.
  • Your HHGS must arrive to Brazil within 180 after you have arrived to Brazil.
  • Customs cannot begin clearance until the shipper has arrived to Brazil. You will have up to 90 days to do so without any cases of seizure of your HHGS.
  • Your HHGS cannot be imported until your Visa is authorized by the Brazilian authorities, stamped in your passport by the Brazilian Federal Police, the completion of all documents and the receipt of all documents to the destination agent for non-Diplomats.
  • Diplomats must be present at the destination port of entry prior to their shipment arrival to obtain the required Brazilian documents to import duty-free.
  • Diplomats must have household appliances for 6 months or more to import.
  • If you are a foreigner with a Temporary Visa, you must sign a Guarantee that covers your duties based on 50% of the declared value.
  • Cadastro de Pessoas Fisicas (CPF) number is necessary for all shipments.
  • The address you register in the CPF must match the address of the destination for returning citizens.
  • Any items imported by the shipper must be exported once the shipper leaves Brazil if a non-Diplomat.
  • Wooden packing material are in need of fumigation and also a Fumigation Certificate. The certificate must be sent with your OBL.
  • Wooden crates and boxes shipped in containers or single shipments must be fumigated by the ISPM 15 rules and must be marked on no less than 2 opposing sides of each in permanent black ink.
  • Your Ocean Bill of Lading (OBL) must show the cost of freight and the Harmonized Code (6-digit codes for the description of your HHGS) for HHGS.
  • Your Visa must be valid for no less than 180 days.
  • You must obtain a Diplomatic Franchise (DSI) from the Ministério das Relaçoes Exteriores (MRE) for Diplomats.
  • Consider a 15 day waiting period to develop and receive your DSI for Diplomats.
  • Your Packing List must display the value of each HHGS in Brazilian Real currency format. Each items must show the brand, model and serial number and also signed and registered at the Brazilian Register Office.
  • One cannot clear HHGS if under a Tourist or Business Visa.

The Examination of Household Goods and Entry Documents

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.

Duty and Taxes

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;=1848.

Duty-Free Items

One can import specific goods and quantity into Brazil. Below you will find the items and its details of being duty-free:

  • You must be 18 years or older to apply.
  • 200 cigarettes, 25 cigars and 250 grams of tobacco
  • 20 items individually worth $10 USD or less. The total value cannot exceed $500 USD. One can also buy up to $500 of items at the duty-free shop without incurring duties. The limits are 10 items classified as toiletry including cosmetics, 200 cigarettes, 25 cigars and 250 grams of tobacco and only 3 watches, games, electronic items or toys.

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

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

  • Power of Attorney
  • Customs Bond and Work Contract if your Visa is temporary
  • Certificate of Residence if a returning citizen
  • Proof of revenue in abroad country
  • Airline ticket
  • Proof of residence in abroad country for over a year

Prohibited Items

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.

  • Explosives
  • Guns
  • Food
  • Ammunition
  • Knives
  • Cigarettes from Brazil
  • Electronic cigarettes
  • High valued coins
  • Alcohol from Brazil
  • Plants and its products
  • Used items
  • Fruits
  • Tins
  • Vegetables
  • Stamp collections
  • Dairy products
  • Fish and its products
  • Obscene articles, publications, videos and/or software’s
  • Controlled drugs and narcotics
  • Any species of bird
  • Counterfeit items
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Corrosive or flammable materials
  • Products of Iran

Restricted Items

Some items are permitted, but still requires either special authorization and/or duties to be paid. Here is a list below of Restricted Items.

  • Appliances
  • Alcohol Products are charged import duties of 50% of the declared value
  • Tobacco Products
  • Bicycles
  • Deadly Weapons must be approved by the Brazilian Army before the items is exported from the origin
  • Foodstuff are charged import duties of 50% of the declared value
  • Cosmetics are charged import duties of 50% of the declared value
  • Watches must have the proper license and label
  • No more than 2 liters of alcohol can be imported
  • Foreign Diplomats can import alcohol duty-free
  • Beverages are charged import duties of 50% of the declared value
  • Furs require Environmental Protection Agency of Brazil (IBAMA) approval and an Import License
  • Items that do not appear on your inventory list
  • Unaccompanied new articles (duty of 50% of the value)
  • 400 cigarettes, 25 cigars and 250 grams of pipe tobacco
  • Duplicate items (very high duty)
  • Photo Equipment
  • Wine is charged import duties of 50% of the declared value
  • Medication requires a prescription by the prescribing doctor
  • Audio/Video Equipment
  • Computers (must have the model, serial number and accessories listed)
  • Inheritance
  • Paintball guns are subject to the Army’s Outpost approval for import
  • New furniture
  • Tins of food

Receiving your Household Goods

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

All information featured above is for viewing purposes only. To obtain up-to-date information about overseas shipment, please notify your nearest Consulate.