Export to Brazil

Since 2010, Brazil’s GDP has grown 3.4 per cent on average and the country’s growth acceleration programmes (PAC and PAC 2) have expanded Brazil’s infrastructure and social development. Brazil is a key member of Mercosur, South America’s leading free trade bloc, with which the EU is looking to negotiate a Free Trade Agreement.

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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DHL Facts

Locations: 110

Gateways into the Country: 5

Number of Service Centres: 28

DHL Delivery Zone: 10

Vehicle Fleet: 440

Brazil: Country Profile
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
Transit Times
The times provided for
dutiable shipments
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
  • Further Information

    DHL can assist you with trading with Brazil. Contact the DHL team on 0844 248 0675

    DHL Customer Services is also available on 0844 248 0844

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  • Duty Free Allowance

    Values up to US$ 50

Essential Customs Information

For an estimate of landed costs (duties, taxes and other import fees) for shipments going to Brazil use the free and interactive DHL Express Trade Automation Services (TAS) tool, TAS also provides information on regulations compliance and trade documentation.

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.

Prohibited items specific to Brazil:

The list below is in addition to DHL’s standard list of prohibited items.

  • Antiques
  • Asbestos
  • Cigarettes including electronic cigarettes and related products
  • Currency
  • Dangerous goods, hazardous or combustible mats
  • Firearms, or parts of
  • Gambling devices
  • Ivory
  • Liquid nitrogen packages, e.g. for transporting non-hazardous liquids
  • Military equipment
  • Milk and milk products from China
  • Playing cards
  • Precious & semi precious stones
  • Precious metals
  • Used goods
  • Wild animals & plants

Restricted items specific to Brazil:

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.

Animal skins
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.

Credit cards
Can only be sent as documents if embossed/printed, consigned to the end user and not activated.

Diplomatic mail
Must be sent from one diplomatic entity to another (e.g. consulate to embassy) as goods. State ‘DIPLOMATIC BAG’ on Waybill.

Drugs: non-prescription
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.

Drugs: prescription
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.

Liquids, non-hazardous
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.