Brazil - Country Commercial Guide
Customs, Regulations and Standards

Includes customs regulations and contact information for this country's customs office.

Last published date: 2021-01-22

It is essential to have all customs documents filled out correctly and in complete order. You must also have a capable and proven customs broker for the Brazilian market. Products can and often do get delayed for various reasons, including minor errors or omissions in paperwork. Products held at Customs in Brazil can be assessed high fees and Brazilian Customs frequently seizes shipments that appear to have inaccurate documentation. Customs has the right to apply fines and penalties at its discretion. For specific information on customs regulations in Brazil, please contact the appropriate sector Specialist. The Customs website is here.

The GOB established a computerized information system to monitor imports and to facilitate customs clearance known as the Foreign Trade Integrated System (SISCOMEX), which has facilitated and reduced the amount of paperwork previously required for importing into Brazil. Brazilian importers must be registered in the SECEX Export and Import Registry and receive a password given by Customs to operate the SISCOMEX. The SISCOMEX online registry creates electronic import documents and transmits information to a central computer.

SISCOMEX has been improved by the new Foreign Trade Single Window (SW) Program, reengineering the process and the system for trade operation registration. A new tool for Brazilian imports was implemented in July 2018. The final goal of the program is to reduce the import time from 17 to 10 days. The GOB believes it will benefit more than 40,000 importers.