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Shipping To BrazilInternational Shipping To Brazil

In order to aid you in moving to Brazil we have gathered customs information. We advise you to carefully review the information relating to moving to Brazil. You may find more up to date information at your local consulate or embassy. Please note, customs regulations are subject to change at any time. GEM Relocations cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance.


General Information
  1. In an attempt to protect Brazilian crops/fauna/flora from what is known in the USA as the Chinese Bug (Anoplophora Glabripennis) the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture has imposed severe restrictions that are effective immediately on the entry of pallets/wooden airvans/liftvans/crates etc.
  2. Wooden units must have a fumigation certificate issued by the applicable official government agency in the origin country
  3. Wood must be certified it has been treated with heat, fumigation or other type of previously agreed upon chemical product
  4. Fumigation should be completed not more than 15 days prior to shipment
  5. If wooden crates/units/pieces arrive in Brazil without the certificate the goods will either be incinerated at the importers expense or be treated if possible in Brazil
  6. Recommendation is to completely refrain from using wood for packing purposes in all shipments to Brazil, advise to:
  7. Loosepack all items in metal containers for surface shipments
  8. Use tri-wall air containers for air shipments
  9. Use mirror cartons rather than crates for paintings, glass or mirrors
  10. In the event it becomes necessary to ship liftvans or crate fragile items the certificate must accompany the cargo
Documentation Required
  1. Passport (original), Visa stamped
  2. Residence Visa
  3. Brazil I.D. card
  4. Inventory in Portuguese (two originals)
  5. Inventory must be itemized in detail; brand names, make, model and serial numbers of all electrical items must be noted
  6. Also need to show the estimated value of the item in U.S. dollars
  7. Must be legalized by the Brazilian Consulate for temporary visa holders
  8. Pets must be listed on the inventory
  9. Two separate inventories first showing used items and the second "new" items (items less that six (6) months old)
  10. Certificate of Residence issued by the Brazilian Consulate at origin for returning citizens
  11. Proof of revenue abroad
  12. Proof of residence abroad for over one year
  13. Airline ticket
  14. Work Contract and Customs Bond are required for Customers holding a temporary visa
  15. Goods must be re-exported upon expiration of the contract for holders of a temporary visa
  16. "Termo de Responsibilidade" (guarantee)
  17. Power of Attorney forms provided by the Destination Agent
  18. Letter authorizing Destination Agent to clear shipment
Dutiable and Restricted Items
  1. New articles sent as unaccompanied baggage will be subject to payment of duties. The duties will be 50% of the value of the goods. Customer will have to present the invoice.
  2. Items not corresponding to inventory are subject to very high duties/fines
  3. Duplicate items (such as electrical appliances) assessed very high duty
  4. Wedding trousseaux, inheritance items, new furniture, tins of food and alcohol are all subject to high customs duties
  5. Presents, souvenirs, computers and carpets are all duty-free if part of the household goods shipment
  6. Computers need special entry permit from SEI (list model, serial number and accessories)
  7. Alcohol and tobacco products
  8. Appliances and bicycles
  9. Photo, audio and video equipment
Animals and Pets
  1. Cats and dogs require a Health and Vaccination Certificate from the point of origin and are subject to veterinarian examination at the port of entry
  2. Other animals are subject to consultation with the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture prior to departure from the country of origin and are also subject to inspection
Prohibited Items
  1. Arms, ammunition and dangerous objects (firearms and weapons require special license)
  2. Narcotics, medicines and drugs
  3. Plants
Motor Vehicles
  1. Not allowed except for members of foreign diplomatic corps
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