Guide to Sending Parcels to Brazil

Brazil is a country of stunning beauty and vast proportions. It boasts:

  • The world's longest beach - more than seven kilometres
  • The most famous and elaborate carnival festival worldwide
  • Control of 58% of the world's largest tropical rainforest - the Amazon, whose main river discharges more water than any other worldwide

Brazil is also a heavy-hitter in Latin America. With 209 million people and the largest economy of its neighbours, it commands 42% of the business-to-consumer e-commerce in the region.

Its on-line retail growth was 16% in 2019 and has increased steadily since 2012. With numbers like that, Brazil is brimming with opportunity.

The sources on this page came from various Brazilian government websites, with commercial statistics from Statista and export.gov.

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Easy Tracking Information

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Full tracking information for parcels to Brazil is available with Secureship
Tracking #:780123123123
Tel: 1-800-463-3339
Signed By: Pikwalia @ Residence
Mar 31, 2020
8:49 am
Fortaleza, FO, BR
Delivered
Mar 30, 2020
7:18 am
BrasÍlia, BR, BR
In transit
Mar 29, 2020
9:03 pm
Salvador, SA, BR
International Clearance
Mar 29, 2020
8:14 am
Rio de Janeiro, RJ, BR
In transit
Mar 29, 2020
12:17 am
Toronto, ON, CA
In transit
Mar 28, 2020
4:30 pm
Ottawa, ON, CA
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Disclaimer!

While we have made every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, Customs laws and procedures change regularly so it is important to consult a licensed broker in Brazil before shipping any goods.

Types of Shipments

Not all types of shipments are created equal. Shipping a television will require different paperwork, duties, and taxes than shipping an accounting statement, for example.

NOTE:
From January 1, 2020, the Brazilian Internal Revenue Service will require that the recipient of international orders and shipments have ONE of the following identification numbers on the parcel:

  • Natural Persons Register (CPF)
  • National Registry of Legal Entities (CNPJ)
  • Passport number

If this information is not provided, the shipment may be banned from entering Brazil or returned to the sender.

Sources:
https://saladeimprensa.correios.com.br/releases/2019/12/09/receita-federal-exigira-identificacao-de-cpf-cnpj-nas-encomendas-e-remessas-internacionais/



Shipping Documents Only Image to Brazil

Documents Only

If you ship documents to Brazil through the postal system, they do not have to be declared providing they consist of:

  • Postcards, letters, and other printed matter
  • Periodicals, books, and newspapers
  • Printed matter without any monetary or fiscal significance

A courier shipment of documents from Canada to Brazil is allowed duty free if the parcel contains 5 or fewer documents. A shipment cannot contain commercial quantities of material.

Common document shipments and their restrictions are shown below.

  • Advertising literature, catalogues, and price lists
  • Airline tickets
  • Blueprints, bids, and proposals
  • Cash letters
  • CD Roms (if blank they require an invoice; if they contain data, the content determines whether they are documents or not)
  • Charts and graphs
  • Company annual reports, intercompany mail and newsletters
  • Computer printouts
  • Driver's licence
  • Manuscripts
  • Negatives and slides
  • Non-negotiable bonds and drafts
  • Passports
  • Sepia drawings and specification sheets
  • Stationery (if blank)
  • Transparencies
  • Traveler's cheques (restricted to Banks only)
  • Visa applications

Sources:
http://receita.economia.gov.br/orientacao/aduaneira/manuais/remessas-postal-e-expressa/topicos/declaracao#DISPENSA
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_US
http://receita.economia.gov.br/orientacao/aduaneira/manuais/remessas-postal-e-expressa/topicos/anexos/importacao-de-moedas-cheques-e-cheques-de-viagem/cheques-e-cheques-de-viagem-traveller-checks

Shipping Gifts to Brazil

Shipping Gifts

There are no gift exemptions when shipping gifts to Brazil from Canada. Duties and taxes will be incurred.

Often however, parcels with a total value of less than $50 USD (about $65 CDN) have entered Brazil without being taxed.

When taxes are charged they are calculated at the rate of 60% of the customs value (the sum of the value of goods plus freight charges plus insurance).

Gift Checklist

  • Complete a commercial invoice
  • The words "Gift Shipment" or "Unsolicited Gift" are included on the commercial invoice (see sample)
  • List the items in the parcel and write the value of each
  • Sending more than one gift in the parcel? Wrap and tag each one individually.

Shipments from Individual-to-Individual

As a rule of thumb, parcels sent from a private individual abroad to another private individual in Brazil with items that have a total value below $50 USD are exempt from paying taxes. There are several articles indicating that it isn't unusual for these shipments to be taxed regardless of value.

Shipments from Business-to-Business

If a gift is sent from a business in Canada to one in Brazil, taxes will be charged.

Shipments from Business-to-Individual

A gift sent to an individual care of a business address in Brazil will also incur taxes and charges regardless of the value of the gift.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Carmen Miranda
Avenida Rui Barbosa
S/N Parque em frente ao número 560 - Flamengo
Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22250-020
Brazil

Phone: 55 21 2334-4293
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal Shipment / Gift Shipment

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 Mar 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift Shipment: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $79.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $79.99
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge


Multiple Gifts in One Shipment

No information regarding multiple gifts in one shipment is available at this time.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Gifts

Ship To Invoice
Carmen Miranda
Avenida Rui Barbosa
S/N Parque em frente ao número 560 - Flamengo
Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22250-020
Brazil

Phone: 55 21 2334-4293
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Unsolicited Gift: Consolidated Gift Package

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 Mar 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Gift - Roger: LEGO Star Wars Rebel UWing Fighter, 659 piece set

CA $39.99
1 Each Gift - Erica: Handwoven French Canadian Catalogne Blanket

CA $49.99
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Gifts
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $89.98
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Sources:
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_US
https://thebrazilbusiness.com/article/sending-gifts-to-brazil-by-postal-service
https://mfa.gov.ua/mediafiles/sites/rei/files/ex/61421291_dod.pdf


Shipping personal effects/belongings to Brazil

Shipping Personal Effects

Personal effects shipped from Canada to Brazil will not be taxed providing several conditions are followed:

  • The unaccompanied baggage arrives no earlier than 3 months from your arrival in Brazil or up to 6 months after your arrival
  • The goods comprise of used clothing, shoes, personal belongings, books, periodicals, and leaflets
  • Returning goods are of national or nationalized nature

Document Checklist

  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate "Personal Effects" on the Commercial Invoice (see sample)
  • List of goods in shipment - include description, quantity, and estimated value of each item
  • For machinery, equipment, and instruments - include make, model, and year of manufacture as well as the estimated value of each

Moving Temporarily

No information regarding moving temporarily to Brazil is available at this time.

Moving Permanently

If you are moving permanently to Brazil or are a Brazilian national returning after being in Canada for more than 1 year, your goods will be exempt from duties and taxes. Here are some examples of new and used goods that can be shipped include:

  • Household goods and furniture
  • Machines and tools
  • Instruments, machinery, and apparatus required for a profession, craft, or art endeavour

Document Checklist

  • Commercial invoice must clearly indicate "Personal Effects" on the Commercial Invoice (see sample)
  • A detailed description of each item is provided
  • Atestado de Residência no Exterior (Certificate of Residence Abroad) - Click here for the form. The fee when submitting this form is $22.50 CDN and MUST be done with a money order or certified cheque paid to 'Embassy of Brazil - Ottawa'.
  • Notarized copy of the proof of residence in Brazil.
  • Notarized copy of passport.

Sources:
http://receita.economia.gov.br/orientacao/aduaneira/manuais/remessas-postal-e-expressa/topicos/nao-tributacao
http://ottawa.itamaraty.gov.br/pt-br/atestado_de_residencia_no_exterior.xml
https://www.santaferelo.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/M_Svcs_Customsregulation_Brazil.pdf

Sample Commercial Invoice for Personal Effects

Ship To Invoice
Carmen Miranda
Avenida Rui Barbosa
S/N Parque em frente ao número 560 - Flamengo
Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22250-020
Brazil

Phone: 55 21 2334-4293
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Personal effects being delivered to my new address.

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 Mar 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
5 Pairs Personal Effects: 5 pairs of various types of shoes

IN $40.00
1 Each Personal Effects: Arc'terix Winter Jacket

CA $478.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Personal Effects
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $678.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Food, Chocolate, Candies to Brazil

Food, Chocolate, Candies

Brazilian authorities control the entry of various food items into the country to prevent pests and diseases that may cause harm to its citizens and agricultural industries.

Do Not Ship

  • Any artisanal products containing animal ingredients, regardless of the quantity

You May Ship

Any of the following may enter Brazil without restrictions:

  • Salted and roasted almonds
  • Juices
  • Vegetable oils
  • Vinegar of various types
  • Jellies and preserves
  • Industrially prepared products that have been pasteurized, sterilized, fermented, cooked, parboiled, polished, ground, oven-dried, and toasted

Document Checklist

  • Ensure that your food products comply with the checklist above
  • Clearly indicate "Food" on the commercial invoice in the General Description or Remarks section (see sample)
  • Check with your carrier that they will accept food shipments

NOTE:

  • Commercial products with animal ingredients, including candies, must be labelled in one of English, Portuguese, French, or Spanish to be allowed entry into Brazil.
  • Also, products must be sealed and contained in their original packaging.

Sources:
http://www.agricultura.gov.br/assuntos/vigilancia-agropecuaria/passageiro-e-bagagem
https://brazilian.report/power/2019/05/17/rule-cheese-meat-brazil/
https://www.dropbox.com/s/qo8g2ndfqjd4tlz/New%20rules%20to%20restrict%20bringing%20cheese%20and%20meat%20into%20Brazil.pdf?dl=0
http://www.in.gov.br/web/dou/-/instru%C3%87%C3%83o-normativa-n%C2%BA-11-de-9-de-maio-de-2019-92400600

Sample Commercial Invoice for Food, Chocolate, Candies

Ship To Invoice
Carmen Miranda
Avenida Rui Barbosa
S/N Parque em frente ao número 560 - Flamengo
Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22250-020
Brazil

Phone: 55 21 2334-4293
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Food Shipment - Assorted chocolate bars in their original manufacturer's packaging

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 Mar 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Nestle Chocolate Bars in original packaging expiring May 2021 (shelf life of 6 months or longer)

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent / Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping Promotional Material to Brazil

Samples

Samples of goods for display at trade fairs and other exhibitions are allowed entry into Brazil without payment of duties and taxes providing the samples have no commercial value. Temporary admission of samples is done to promote products and encourage orders. It may also be done to showcase products at trade shows.


In order to qualify for duty free exemption, the following conditions must be met:

  • The items are declared as "Commercial Sample" on the commercial invoice (see sample)
  • The item shipped has tearing, perforation, slashing, defacing, or has permanent marking clearing indicating the item as "commercial sample"

Sources:
http://receita.economia.gov.br/orientacao/aduaneira/viagens-internacionais/guia-do-viajante/entrada-no-brasil/admissao-temporaria
http://receita.economia.gov.br/orientacao/aduaneira/manuais/despacho-de-importacao/topicos-1/imunidade-isencoes-e-reducoes/tratamento/concessoes-e-condicoes-especificas/amostras-e-remessas-postais-internacionais-sem-valor-comercial
https://santandertrade.com/en/portal/international-shipments/brazil/customs-procedures

Sample Commercial Invoice for Commercial Sample

Ship To Invoice
Carmen Miranda
Avenida Rui Barbosa
S/N Parque em frente ao número 560 - Flamengo
Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22250-020
Brazil

Phone: 55 21 2334-4293
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Commercial Sample - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 Mar 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Box Commercial Sample - Advanced reading copy of Dan Brown's novel.

CA $20.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Commercial Sample
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $20.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Sending Promotional material to Brazil

Advertising Material

No information regarding shipping advertising material to Brazil is available at this time.

Sample Commercial Invoice for Promotional Material

Ship To Invoice
Carmen Miranda
Avenida Rui Barbosa
S/N Parque em frente ao número 560 - Flamengo
Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22250-020
Brazil

Phone: 55 21 2334-4293
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Promotional Material - Not for Resale

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 Mar 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Promotional Material: Not for Resale. Product pamphlets to hand out at trade show.

CA $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Promotional Material
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Have your goods warranty repaired in Brazil

Repairs

Equipment sent to Brazil for repairs is considered to be a temporary import and therefore will not incur duties or taxes from Brazilian customs.

The good is allowed to stay in Brazil for up to 12 months, but an extension to 5 years may be allowed if approved by the authorities.

Items Under Warranty

No GST will be charged for equipment and items under warranty that are repaired in Brazil and returned to Canada.

Items No Longer Under Warranty

GST will be charged if an item is sent to Brazil for repairs and is no longer under warranty. GST will be applied to the value of the repair work plus any parts added for the repair, and on any duties charged.

Sending Product for Repair to Brazil

Equipment for repair can be sent to Brazil without paying duties and taxes to Brazilian customs under the country's special customs regime of temporary admission for inward processing.

The equipment is to be re-exported to Canada when the repairs are complete.

Returning Product After Repairs are Completed

If your product has been repaired in Canada and is being returned back to Brazil, ensure to do the following:

  • Indicate the value of the product INCLUDING the cost of the repair under the Detailed Description of Goods section
  • Include the original shipping documents or tracking number from when the item was first exported to Brazil

Be sure to write the necessary information on the commercial invoice according to the document checklist below.


Repair Checklist

  • Commercial Invoice must clearly state under the General Description or Remarks section the following: 'REPAIR & RETURN' and include the estimated time of return (see sample)
  • Include repair contract with shipment
  • Serial or product number and the cost of repairs should be indicated under the Detailed Description of Goods section
  • Any above listed items

Sources:
http://receita.economia.gov.br/orientacao/aduaneira/manuais/admissao-temporaria/topicos/aperfeicoamento-ativo/3-1-conceito/3-1-conceito
http://receita.economia.gov.br/orientacao/aduaneira/manuais/admissao-temporaria/topicos/aperfeicoamento-ativo/3-5-prazo/3-5-prazo
https://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/regulations/sor-91-31/page-1.html#h-934277

Sample Commercial Invoice for Warranty Repair

Ship To Invoice
Carmen Miranda
Avenida Rui Barbosa
S/N Parque em frente ao número 560 - Flamengo
Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22250-020
Brazil

Phone: 55 21 2334-4293
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Repair and Return - Watch being sent for repair

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 Mar 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 Each Fossil Watch being sent for repair - Model E5, serial # 789456FG7E2 - Repair Cost $76.00

US $163.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Warranty Repair
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $163.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Temporary Imports / Exports for shipments to Brazil

Temporary Imports

Goods can be temporarily imported into Brazil without payment of duties and taxes for a period of up to 6 months. This can be automatically extended 6 months for a total of 12 months. An application can be made to have the admission extended to 5 years.

For goods involved with exhibitions and fairs, equestrian sporting events, and circus shows, the time limit is 60 days after the end of the event.

Goods and materials that are allowed temporary admission include:

  • Educational, scientific, technical, industrial, commercial, sporting, or political
  • Animals for fairs, exhibitions, training, work, or herding
  • Samples for commercial promotion
  • Equipment needed for producing audiovisual works
  • Equipment required to assemble, repair, or maintain other equipment and goods
  • Goods to be tested, approved, and for the development of prototypes or other products

Qualifying for Duty & Tax Free Temporary Import

In order to import your goods duty and tax free into Brazil, you can pick from 1 of the 2 Temporary Import Methods listed below.

Each option has its pros and cons. Regardless, each of the following methods requires you to complete a Commercial Invoice (CI). More details below.


Option # Temporary Import Method Risk of paying Duties and taxes
1 Commercial Invoice Only High - if broker cannot clear goods temporarily
2 Commercial Invoice
+
ATA Carnet
Very Low


1. Complete a Commercial Invoice Only


This is the simplest and quickest option. See example.

You should be aware that shipping using this method doesn't guarantee that your items will be imported duty and tax free. Not all brokers will clear goods as temporary imports (i.e. UPS, Fedex, DHL) nor is it a guarantee that customs won't charge any duties and taxes.


2. CI + an ATA Carnet

This option is great for items that frequently travel in and out of the country. It's also great because once you have an ATA Carnet, it is accepted by 176 countries worldwide making the application process a one-time thing.

In addition to declaring your commercial invoice as a temporary import, you can get an ATA Carnet for the items that are of temporary nature.

ATA Carnets are beyond the scope of this article. You can however, contact your local chamber of commerce and they will be able to guide you along. You can also find more information here: http://www.chamber.ca/carnet/


In addition to choosing option 1 or 2, the following conditions must also be met in order to qualify for a duty and VAT free exemption:

  • The goods arrive and leave in the same condition, i.e. they undergo no repairs nor are they used in manufacturing
  • Stay no longer than 12 months in Brazil, though an application can be made to extend the stay up to 5 years
  • Commercial Invoice clearly stating 'Temporary Import' including the return date. This must be written in the General Description section. See example
  • Include your ATA Carnet with your shipment (if applicable)

NOTE:

  • If the above conditions are not followed, duties and taxes will be charged as though the goods have been imported permanently.
  • Your Customs broker can clear goods of a temporary nature (FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc. typically cannot clear goods of temporary nature)


Sources:
http://receita.economia.gov.br/orientacao/aduaneira/manuais/admissao-temporaria/topicos/suspensao-total-do-pagamento-de-tributos/hipoteses/procedimentos-gerais
http://receita.economia.gov.br/orientacao/aduaneira/manuais/admissao-temporaria/topicos/suspensao-total-do-pagamento-de-tributos/prazo
http://receita.economia.gov.br/orientacao/aduaneira/manuais/admissao-temporaria/topicos/suspensao-total-do-pagamento-de-tributos/conceito

 

Sample Commercial Invoice for Temporary Imports

Ship To Invoice
Carmen Miranda
Avenida Rui Barbosa
S/N Parque em frente ao número 560 - Flamengo
Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22250-020
Brazil

Phone: 55 21 2334-4293
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment returning Jan 2020

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 Mar 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
1 box Temporary Imports - Trade show booth and display equipment

CA $1032.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Temporary Imports
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1032.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge



Permanent Goods / Sold To an individual or business within Brazil

Permanent/Sold Goods

If you are shipping a consignment of sold goods to Brazil with a total value of $3,000 USD or less (about $3,900 CDN), it will be charged an import tax of 60%.

This is governed by Brazil's Regime de Tributação Simplificada (RTS) - Simplified Taxation Regime.

For shipments above $3,000 USD, we recommend using the services of a Brazilian customs broker.

Sources:
http://receita.economia.gov.br/orientacao/aduaneira/manuais/remessas-postal-e-expressa/topicos/tributacao

Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/Sold Goods

Ship To Invoice
Carmen Miranda
Avenida Rui Barbosa
S/N Parque em frente ao número 560 - Flamengo
Rio de Janeiro - RJ
22250-020
Brazil

Phone: 55 21 2334-4293
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
General Description:
Permanent/Sold: Parts and accessories for Canon B78n camera

Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926
Customs Broker: UPS
Date: 28 Mar 2020
QTY Description of Goods C/O SubTotal
15 Each Camera Lenses: Canon EF 50mm, Canon EF 85mm & wide-angle lenses.

CA $132.00
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export: Permanent/Sold
Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1980.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge

Required Documents


Shipping packages internationally requires a lot of documentation. This process alone can be confusing and time consuming. So we’ve narrowed down what documents you might need and ranked them based on likeliness of being needed.

Document Type When? Details
Shipping Label / Bill of Lading Always required This is a label provided by the carrier (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.). Always required because the carrier needs to know the parcel’s destination.
Commercial Invoice Required for all non-document shipments
For all non-document shipments, you will require 3 copies of the commercial invoice (to be included with your shipping labels - These are for customs purposes and need to be included inside a document pouch outside of the box.

When creating a shipment through the Secureship website, the system will help you create this document automatically.

B13a Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good
A B13a is required if your shipment exceeds $2000 CAD or is a controlled good

Learn more about the B13a form here.
Certificate of Origin (COO) Infrequently required

Allows a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Canada has a preferential trade agreement with Brazil. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.

When an item with a COO is imported into Brazil, it will incur a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Certificate of Insurance (COI) Infrequently required

Shows that the shipment has been insured.
Banks may request a certificate of insurance when providing letters of credit for the goods. Otherwise, it is generally your choice whether to purchase insurance for the shipment.
ATA Carnet Infrequently required

Used to avoid duties and taxes on shipments of temporary nature.
If you ship goods of temporary nature to and from a country, you can obtain an ATA Carnet to expedite the customs clearance process and ensure that anything of temporary nature is not charged duties and taxes.

See temporary import section
Packaging List Infrequently required Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good.
Packing list Infrequently required

No specific form is required, but generally includes information regarding:

  • The exporter, importer and transport company
  • Date of issue
  • Number of freight invoice
  • Type and number of packages
  • Contents of each package
  • Marks and numbers
  • Net weight, gross weight and measurements of each package
Certificate of Residence Abroad
(Atestado de Residência no Exterior)

When moving permanently to Brazil

The form is available at:

http://ottawa.itamaraty.gov.br/pt-br/atestado_de_residencia_no_exterior.xml

Prohibited & Restricted Imports


Goods that are prohibited are not allowed to enter Brazil whereas those that are restricted may enter, but with limitations to quantity or other requirements.

Prohibited Items

  • Beverages and cigarettes made in Brazil and only intended for sale abroad
  • Branded cigarettes not sold in Canada
  • Firearms, including toys, replicas, and guns using compressed air
  • Counterfeit and/or pirated goods
  • Products containing genetically modified organisms (GMO)
  • Pesticides and their components
  • Merchandise harmful to morals, health, and public order
  • Narcotic substances and illicit drugs, including marijuana and its products

Restricted Items

  • Medicines for human use
  • Hygiene products, cosmetics, and perfumes
  • Household cleaners
  • Cosmetic or dental correction products
  • Works of art, items of historical heritage, archaeological or prehistoric objects
  • Digital receivers (not allowed by individuals)
  • Animals and plants, and their parts and products, such as food and seeds
  • Polished diamonds (not mounted or set)
  • Used or refurbished goods (except those for personal use)
  • alcoholic beverages (up to 12 litres)
  • tobacco and tobacco products
  • Foreign Manufactured Cigarettes, 10 packs in total, each containing 20 units
  • Cigars or cigarillos, 25 units in total
  • 'Fumo' (Smoke), 250 grams in total
  • Goods not listed above, Less than $ 10.00: Up to 20 units, maximum 10 identical

Sources:
http://receita.economia.gov.br/orientacao/aduaneira/viagens-internacionais/guia-do-viajante/entrada-no-brasil/proibicoes-restricoes
https://www.ups.com/ga/CountryRegs?loc=en_US
http://receita.economia.gov.br/orientacao/aduaneira/viagens-internacionais/guia-do-viajante/entrada-no-brasil/cota-de-isencao-duty-free-e-bagagem-tributavel
http://www.aeroportoguarulhos.net/en/luggage
http://portal.anvisa.gov.br/english

Duty & Taxes

Import duties and taxes on shipments from Canada to Brazil are calculated based on the sum of the Customs Value, Insurance Amount, and Freight costs (shipping costs). This is known as CIF.

CIF Value = Customs Value + Insurance Amount + Freight Costs

Brazil imposes several different duties and taxes on imports. They are summarised in the table below .

The major restriction for an individual importing goods into Brazil is that the maximum value of goods is $3,000 USD (about $3,900 CDN).

If you are a Canadian company shipping goods, you can hire the services of the Brazilian post office to pay the taxes owing on your shipment, completing the documentation, and delivering the parcel to the receiver.


Thresholds

A shipment sent by international post has a de minimis value of $50 USD (about $65 CDN). This means a shipment of $50 USD or less will be exempt from import tax providing both the sender and recipient are individuals.

Medicines for humans imported for the use of an individual will be exempt from import tax up to the value of $10,000 USD (about $13,000 CDN). (A prescription may be required to prove the individual requires the medication.)

Currency Real (BRL)
Duty Exemption
(De minimis Value)
$50 USD (about $65 CDN)
Duty Calculation Method
Duty Rate
CIF
60%
ICMS TAX (VAT) 17 - 20% (varies for each Brazilian state)
Tax Exemption
(De minimis Value)
$50 USD
Tax Calculation Method CIF

Brazilian Duties & Taxes

Name Description Rate
Import Duty Applied to all goods 60%
ICMS Value Added Tax (VAT) A state tax applied to goods,
communication,
and transportation services
17 - 20%
(depends on which state the shipment is destined for)
Federal Excise Tax (IPI) Imposed on industrial goods 0 - 330% (average of 10%). See below

NOTE: Canada is expected to conclude a trade agreement with the Mercosur countries (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay) by the end of 2020.


Federal Excise Tax on Imports (IPI)


  • Candy20%
  • Chocolate20%
  • Spirits and Wines20%
  • Tobacco20%
  • Books0%
  • Documents0%
  • Video Games & Consoles20%
  • Computers & Laptops16%
  • Tablets16%
  • Mobiles16%
  • Cameras2 - 18%
  • Accessories for Electronics12%
  • Coats35%
  • Beauty Products & Cosmetics18%
  • Jewellery18%
  • Shirts & Pants35%
  • Home Appliances18 - 20%
  • Toys35%
  • Sports Equipment20%

Sources:
http://receita.economia.gov.br/orientacao/aduaneira/manuais/remessas-postal-e-expressa/topicos/declaracao#DIR
http://receita.economia.gov.br/orientacao/aduaneira/manuais/remessas-postal-e-expressa/topicos/nao-tributacao
http://receita.economia.gov.br/orientacao/aduaneira/manuais/remessas-postal-e-expressa/topicos/tributacao
https://valor.globo.com/brasil/noticia/2019/10/28/mercosul-deve-concluir-acordos-com-canada-coreia-e-cingapura-em-2020.ghtml
https://home.kpmg/xx/en/home/insights/2018/10/brazil-indirect-tax-guide.html
https://santandertrade.com/en/portal/international-shipments/brazil/customs-procedures
http://www.camex.gov.br/images/TEC/abril2019-tec-excel-completa_5.xlsx

Brazil Shipping Insurance


You can purchase insurance through Secureship and it is provided by the carrier that will be transporting your shipment.

Each carrier will charge a different amount per $100 of declared insurance. If you indicate that you need insurance for your shipment our system will automatically include the insurance costs for your shipment.

Insurance is great to have in case your package is accidentally lost or damaged by the carrier. But be careful, not everything you ship is insurable. Worse - even if your package contains items that are insurable, if it doesn’t meet the ISTA 3A packaging standard, the insurance purchased through the carrier would not be available to you.

Here are some items that cannot be insured by the carrier:

  • Personal belongings
  • Antiques
  • Artwork
  • Liquids (including alcohol)
  • Television
  • Jewelry in excess of $500
  • Perishable goods
  • Glass or Ceramic
  • And many more items

For more information, please see the carrier's terms and conditions.

Questions about Shipping to Brazil



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