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Export to Brazil

Thinking of starting to export to Brazil? The following is an essential country and customs guide to Brazil.

Export to Brazil

As the world’s fifth largest country and sixth largest economy with GDP per head that’s greater than its BRIC counterparts, India and China, Brazil is simply too big a market to ignore.

Its membership as a BRIC nation along with Brazil, Russia, India and China, and its inclusion in UKTI’s list of high-growth markets highlights its growing economic status and potential for further growth, which should be of interest to every British exporter and importer.

For more detailed information when trading with Brazil, download our Brazil Fact Sheet



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Brazil: Country Profile
Capital: Brasilia Dialling Code: +55
Population: 201.1 million (Source: CIA) Postcode Format: 99999
Official Language: Portuguese Export
Transport equipment, iron ore, soybeans, footwear, coffee, autos (Source: CIA)
Currency: Brazilian Real Import
Machinery, electrical and transport equipment, chemical products, oil, automotive parts, electronics (Source: CIA)
Time Zones: 3 Zones: GMT - 02:00, GMT - 03:00, GMT - 04:00 Daylight saving times operate third Sun Oct to third Sun in Feb for majority of GMT - 03:00 – time zone changes to GMT - 02:00
  • Essential customs info

    The Commercial Invoice must be declared in US Dollars, and both the air waybill and invoice must be typed in English.

    All shipments sent to Brazil for clearance under Formal Entry must have the original documentation (Invoice and Packing List) securely attached.Four original sets of blue-ink-signed Commercial Invoices and 2 copies of the Packing List are required by the Brazilian Customs Authority. A Pro-forma Invoice will not be accepted.

  • DHL Facts

    Gateways into the country: 3

    Number of Service Centres: 23

    DHL Zone: 10

    Delivery: Door-to Door Service from DHL. No Third Parties.

    Invoicing: Exports and Imports are billed in Sterling in the UK.

UK to Brazil Transit Times
The times provided for dutiable shipments are based on the time expected for customs in Brazil to clear the shipment - this is dependent on the value of the shipment.
Sao Paulo Non-Dutiable: 2 days Dutiable: 2 days
Rio de Janeiro Non-Dutiable: 2 days Dutiable: 2 days
Brasilia Non-Dutiable: 2 days Dutiable: 2 days
Vitoria Non-Dutiable: 2 days Dutiable: 2 days
Porto Alegre Non-Dutiable: 2 days Dutiable: 2 days
Recife Non-Dutiable: 5 days Dutiable: 6 days

Prohibited Items Specific to Brazil

DHL’s standard list of prohibited items also applies.

  • Animals, fish, birds, (live)
  • Antiques
  • Asbestos
  • Dangerous goods, hazardous or combustible materials
  • Firearms, and parts of
  • Gambling devices
  • Ivory
  • Pornography
  • Precious metals and stones
  • Milk and milk products made in China