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In this page: Customs Procedures | Industrial and Manufacturing Profile | Identifying a Supplier | Controlling the Quality of the Products | Organizing Goods Transport To and From Brazil

 

Customs Procedures

Export Clearance
You must be registered with the Secretariat for Foreign Trade (SECEX), have a registration number in the national register of persons (CPF) or in the national tax register (CGC). The export declaration is the primary document for exports customs clearance. You must also have all the documentation for the products exported, licenses, certificates of origin, invoices and some proof of the order of the product from the country it is being exported to.
Necessary Declaration
There is a specific declaration for agricultural products, in particular for GMOs.
Restrictions
Import and export of some goods are strictly prohibited, including: weapons, wild animals, illegal drugs, pirated and counterfeit goods, goods that threaten the public order and toys that replicate firearms.
Export Taxes
The Export Duty is a federal tax charged on Brazilian exports that were produced in Brazil or that were nationalized and then exported after reprocessing. The Export Duty is calculated at the moment it is registered as an Export Declaration on Siscomex (Sistema Integrado de Comércio Exterior).

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Industrial and Manufacturing Profile

Industry is dynamic and constitutes 20% of GDP. The following sectors are especially crucial: agri-foods, textiles, aeronautics, pharmacy, iron and steel, automobile and chemical.

Sector-specific professional associations

80 professional associations listed for Brazil.

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Type of Manufacturers

Original Equipment Manufacturers
Manufacturers of spare parts for the automobile, aeronautics, IT and electronics industries, appreciated for their excellent technological skills for a relatively low cost.
Original Design Manufacturers
A great number of subcontractors have had to adapt to the requirements of their industrial customers and take a larger part in the industrial production process. They have gone from the simple task of making parts to that of assisting in decision making or marketing.
Subcontractors
This involves a certain number of fields, but many fewer than its South East Asian competitors because of the cost of labor and its overvalued currency. Nevertheless, the national industrial fabric relies for a large part on these effective and flexible intermediaries, in particular in high-tech industries, in order to respond to international competition. This expansion of subcontracting meets with some resistance on the Brazilian job market, traditionally protected because of the flexibility demanded and low wages.
Useful Resources
Brazil Outsourcing guide

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Identifying a Supplier

Brazilian multisector Business directories

2FindLocal Brazil - Brazilian business directory

All.biz - Brazil - Directory of companies in Brazil

Apontador - Brazilian business directory

BizExposed Brazil - Business directory for Brazil

Bloombiz Brazil - Business directory for Brazil

Brazil Yello - Brazilian business directory

BrazilBiz - Vendors and business opportunities in Brazil

Citiservi - Brazilian business directory

City By App Brazil - Business directory for Brazil

Cybo Brazil - Business directory for Brazil

 

To see 18 more, check out our Business Directories database.

Brazilian Marketplaces

Sample of marketplaces incorporated in Brazil (A to Z)

 

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Upcoming Trade shows in Brazil

April 17th, 2024
Databases - Computers, telecommunications - Equipment - Networks - Telecommunications - Internet, cybersecurity - Digital solutions, Mobile applications
April 23rd, 2024
Multimedia - Education, training - Primary and secondary education - Higher Education - Learning - Technical education, vocational education - Vocational training - Internet, cybersecurity - Digital solutions, Mobile applications - Social science - Social studies - Job training, unemployment
April 23rd, 2024
Viticulture - Food industry - Food industry: unspecified - Alcoholic drinks - Non-alcoholic drinks - Bakery, pastry, confectionery - Cereals, spices, tobacco - Fruits and vegetables - Dry groceries, packaged goods - Dairy products - Fish and seafood - Meat and poultry - Wines, spirits - Products and services for weddings - Hotels, accommodation - Restaurants, home deliveries - Cafes, bars, nightclubs
April 23rd, 2024
Products and services for children
April 23rd, 2024
Construction, real estate, architecture and urban planning - Architecture - Land planning, urban planning - Construction, public works - Masonry, carpentry, pipework - Waterproofing, roofing, plumbing, carpentry - Painting, door and window frames, wall and floor coverings - Electrical installations - Heating, air conditioning, ventilation - Sanitary equipment, kitchen, swimming pool - Real estate - Automobiles, lorries - Automobile manufacturing, lorries - Automobile subcontracting, lorries - Cycles, motorcycles - Raw materials, materials, metals - Raw materials, mines, quarries - Engineering
April 23rd, 2024
Food industry - Food industry: unspecified - Alcoholic drinks - Non-alcoholic drinks - Bakery, pastry, confectionery - Cereals, spices, tobacco - Fruits and vegetables - Dry groceries, packaged goods - Dairy products - Fish and seafood - Meat and poultry - Edition, graphic art, printing and reproduction - Edition, graphic art, printing and reproduction: unspecified - Graphic art, desktop publishing - Publishing - Printing, reproduction - Mail, stamps, cards - Iconography, various prints - Publication, arts: other - Packaging, packing, conditioning - Transportation, logistics, handling - Air transport, airports - Maritime transport, river transport, cruises - Road transport - Rail transport - Logistics, handling - Freight
April 29th, 2024
Agriculture, livestock, fisheries, forestry - Agriculture - Water treatment - Food industry - Food industry: unspecified - Alcoholic drinks - Non-alcoholic drinks - Bakery, pastry, confectionery - Cereals, spices, tobacco - Fruits and vegetables - Dry groceries, packaged goods - Dairy products - Fish and seafood - Meat and poultry - Chemistry, pharmacy - Chemicals - Plastics, rubber - Automobiles, lorries - Automobile manufacturing, lorries - Railway construction - Machine tools, agricultural machinery - Mail, stamps, cards - Packaging, packing, conditioning - Cleaning, surveillance, protection - Maritime transport, river transport, cruises - Road transport - Rail transport - Logistics, handling - Delivery, express courier - Corporate fleets - Freight
May 1st, 2024
Food industry - Food industry: unspecified - Alcoholic drinks - Non-alcoholic drinks - Bakery, pastry, confectionery - Cereals, spices, tobacco - Fruits and vegetables - Dry groceries, packaged goods - Dairy products - Fish and seafood - Meat and poultry
May 1st, 2024
Territorial administration - Dance - Music, opera - Theatre - Audio-visual, Multimedia - Audio-visual, sound, video - Cinema - Multimedia - Radio, television - Land planning, urban planning - Construction, public works - Masonry, carpentry, pipework - Waterproofing, roofing, plumbing, carpentry - Painting, door and window frames, wall and floor coverings - Electrical installations - Heating, air conditioning, ventilation - Sanitary equipment, kitchen, swimming pool - Press, journalism - Specialised information, business alerts - Equipment - Networks - Telecommunications - Digital solutions, Mobile applications - Sports and recreation - Outdoor sports - Amusement parks, fairgrounds - Gardens, parks - Monuments, tourist attractions - Camping, resorts
May 7th, 2024
Mechanical, precision - Machine tools, agricultural machinery - Robotics - Precision, measures, optics, watches - Hardware, tools, accessories - Professional hardware - Metallurgy, steel, foundry - Software - Engineering

To see 291 more, check out our Trade shows database

Other Useful Resources

Trade Agencies and Their Representations Abroad
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Rio de Janeiro
Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency
 
 

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Controlling the Quality of the Products

Quality Control Organizations
Brazilian association for technical standards

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Organizing Goods Transport To and From Brazil

Main Useful Means of Transport
Road transport is the most widely used method of transport in Brazil, particularly for goods traded with South American countries. A study conducted by the Brazilian National Transportation Confederation (Confederação Nacional do Transporte - CNT) shows that the road transportation represents 60% of the cargo handling in Brazil. Practically all the State capitals are linked by paved roads and major states (including São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro) have expressways. According to CNT, the latest survey in 2018 indicated 1.7 million kilometers of roads in the country, of which approximately 12% are paved. Of all the roads, the vast majority are state and municipal controlled, 95.1%, while 4.9% are federal.
Rail transit is the second most frequently used method of transportation, the railroad system totals approximately 30,000 kilometers. Only 7% of railway lines are electrified.
Despite the enormous potential for river traffic, only 13% of cargo is transported through waterways.
Transport by sea is widely used as costs are reduced. With a coastline stretching for 8.5 thousand kilometres navigable, in 2019 Brazilian ports moved around 1,104 billion tonnes of a wide variety of imported and exported goods. Brazil's large cities are well served by air, but this type of goods transport is not very developed, mainly because of the high cost. It represents less than 5% of the Brazilian foreign trade.

Overall, Brazilian transportation infrastructure faces many challenges, as roads and ports need to be upgraded. However, the transportation sector was among the sectors showing the highest economic growth.
 
 

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By Air

Airports
Brazilian airports website
Transport Professionals
Links to air transport companies
Task Logistics
Government Transport Organisations
National Civil Aviation Agency

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By Rail

Transport Professionals
Links to rail transport companies
List of contractors on the Ministry website
Government Transport Organisations
National Land Transport Agency

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