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The Reasons Why Goods Getting Stuck At Brazilian Custom

Jan 09, 2017

Regulations in force by Brazilian Customs may result in some goods getting stuck at custom when exporting to Brazil. Here, we will take a look at the 7 main reasons why goods get stuck at Brazilian customs.

The primary reason why goods happen to get stuck at Brazilian Customs tends to be a lack of communication between the exporter and the importer. When these two parties communicate well, it is most likely that the goods exported to Brazil will not get stuck and thus will be cleared without complications. As some imported goods may require special procedures and documentation, it is the responsibility of the importer to inform the exporter about them, consequently diminishing the chances of getting goods stuck at Customs.

1. Proper documentation

The main reason why goods get stuck at Brazilian Customs is the lack of proper documentation that needs to be presented whenever goods need to be cleared. For example, if any of the following information that was provided on the invoice regarding the imported goods is different to what the imported goods really are, these goods will get stuck at customs:

•Name of importer

•Invoice number

•Place and date of dispatch

•Quantity shipped

•Full description of all items including brand, serial and part number

•Unit price in USD

•Total price

•Harmonized System code for each invoiced item

•Gross & Net Weight

•Total FOB Value

•Total Freight Charge

•Total Value

But, beyond these minor problems, the importer needs to be authorized by the Brazilian government in order to perform international trade and handle all the necessary documentation to the customs authorities. In order to be authorized by the Brazilian government to perform international trade, the importer must have a Radar license. In addition to this, the importer must also prepare the following documentation:

•Import Declaration

•Import License

•Proof of Import

2. Anvisa

Anvisa, the Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency, is responsible for overseeing the import of medicines, food, health products, cosmetics and other such goods in Brazil. Anvisa directly affects these imports and exports, as each has to meet their requirements. Since products that may affect the health of their user are subject to Anvisa monitoring, they must be analysed by Anvisa even before they enter Brazilian territory. This analysis occurs in three steps:

•When it is required by the importer

•Before the embarking of the goods

•In the moment of the customs clearance

The import of raw material products, semi-elaborated, in bulk or finished forms are also subject to an Import License and to an Autorização Prévia Favorável de Embarque, which is Portuguese for Previous Embarking Authorization, before the goods reach Brazilian customs for clearance. The importing company must forward to Anvisa an application for shipment authorization, by completing a Request for Authorization of Lading Abroad to release the shipment.

In all of the stages of the import of the products mentioned above, Anvisa can deny the import of such products, unless the product is already registered at Anvisa. It is not uncommon to see health products and cosmetics get stuck at Brazilian customs because they failed to fulfill Anvisa’s requirements regarding these goods.

Note:The article repost from Realogistics