Britain has a long-standing political and economic relationship with Brazil. UK exports to the country reached £2.5 billion in 2013 and promising sectors for British companies include aerospace, automotive, energy, healthcare and the creative industries.
Sources: The Economist, GOV.UK, World Bank
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Gateways into the Country: 5
Number of Service Centres: 28
DHL Delivery Zone: 10
Vehicle Fleet: 440
|Brazil: Country Profile|
|Capital:||Brasilia||EXPORTS FROM BRAZIL|
|Population:||202.6 million (2014 est.)||Exports from
|US$ 244.8 billion (2013 est.)|
|Area:||8,514,877 sq km||Export Commodities:||Transport equipment, iron ore, soybeans, footwear, coffee, autos|
|Currency:||1 Brazilian real = 100 centavos||Top Export Destinations:||USA, Germany, Italy, China, Argentina, Mexico|
|GDP:||US$ 2.416 trillion (2013 est.)||IMPORTS INTO BRAZIL|
|Time Zones:||3 Zones: GMT - 02:00, GMT - 03:00, GMT - 04:00||Imports into
|US$ 241.4 billion (2013 est.)|
|Languages:||Portuguese, Spanish, German, Italian, Japanese, other||Import Commodities:||Machinery, electrical and transport equipment, chemical products, oil, automotive parts, electronics|
|Ethnic Groups:||White 47.7%, Mulatto (mixed heritage) 43.1%, Black 7.6% Asian 1.1%, Indigenous 0.4%||Top Import Origins:||USA, Germany, Mexico, China, Italy, Hong Kong|
|The times provided for
are based on the time
expected for Customs
in Brazil to clear
the shipment. This is
contingent upon the
value of the shipment.
|Destination||Non-Dutiable Shipment||Dutiable Shipment|
|Rio De Janeiro||4 days||4 days|
|Belo Horizonte||4 days||4 days|
|Manaus||6 days||6 days|
|Sao Paulo (north)||4 days||4 days|
|Brasilia||4 days||4 days|
All shipments must be accompanied with the original Commercial (never Pro-forma) Invoice. Waybill must be typed in English and include importer’s account number, receiver’s complete details, TC and DTP info. The quantity/variety of the content cannot reveal its commercial purpose. Provide a detailed description of contents – e.g. not simply ‘samples/gifts/spare parts’ – or shipments will be returned to origin. E-commerce purchases must include the freight in in the Commercial Invoice, even if sent as a DTP (Duties Taxes Paid) shipment. A Brazil Tax ID is mandatory for all goods shipments. If the receiver is not a Brazilian citizen, their passport can be used instead.Personal letters, post cards and telegrams can only be sent through the Public Post Office – Correios.
Alcoholic beverages, jewellery, medical / dental supplies & equipment, personal effects, specific foodstuffs (cheese, crustaceans, eggs, fish, ham, honey, honeycomb, lacteal products, propolis, Royal Jelly and salami), tobacco / tobacco products
and x-ray machines
Can only be sent as Formal imports to legal entities, not to individuals. Provide import licence and state ‘FORMAL IMPORT’ on Waybill.
Almonds, balsamic vinegar, canned/pickled products (not perishable), hazelnuts, olive oil, pistachios, truffles
Will be subject to agriculture inspection.
Can only be sent to legal entities. Provide original Phytosanitary Certificate from origin/s and Agriculture Import Authorisation to Brazil’s Agriculture Ministry. Animal skins for clothing: only original Phytosanitary Certificate required. Items will be physically inspected at Brazil Customs.
Biological Substance Category B, UN3373
Can only be imported from one legal entity to another in UN Package 3373, with a professional declaration that contents are not infectious. Receiver to provide additional documentation.
Books: hardback or paperback for non-commercial use
Exempt from duties if declared as ‘Book’. E-book devices and Kit Educational Material are not exempt from duties.
Bunker oil sample (for analysis) and non-hazardous chemicals
Provide full product description with Material Data Safety Sheet (MSDS) and declare the goods as ‘not dangerous’, in accordance with International Air Transport Association’s (IATA’s) regulation.
Computer software and media
Products are dutiable.
Costume jewellery valued <US$ 3,000
Can be imported informally. All duties will be charged. In case of temporary import, state ‘FORMAL IMPORT’ on Waybill.
Can only be sent as documents if embossed/printed, consigned to the end user and not activated.
Must be sent from one diplomatic entity to another (e.g. consulate to embassy) as goods. State ‘DIPLOMATIC BAG’ on Waybill.
Non-registered health products: can only be shipped to legal entities, labs and/or universities in quantities suitable for analysis or tests. Must be accompanied with a purpose declaration.
Health registered products (including those for resale): must be sent through Formal Import. Provide import licence
and state ‘FORMAL IMPORT’ on Waybill.
For drugs that do not exist in Brazil: receiver to provide a purpose letter of use and original prescription for individuals from origin; this must be signed by a professional.
Grain samples & seeds
Provide original Phytosanitary Certificate. Unprocessed grains: also provide original import authorisation.
Must be sent from one legal entity to another. Provide Original Analysis Certificate from origin and Agriculture Import Authorisation issued by Brazil’s Agriculture Authority.
Perishables, including animal products and medicines
Animal feed, medicines, hygienic products imported by legal entities: provide original Analysis Certertificate from origin and original Agriculture Import Authorisation issued by Brazilian Agriculture Authority. Shipment must contain lot number, date of manufacture and expiration date. For individual imports: provide original Agriculture Import Authorisation and medical prescription.