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The Reasons Why Goods Getting Stuck At Brazilian Custom(III)

Jan 16, 2017

6. Goods that are forbidden to be imported to Brazil

The following goods will get stuck at Brazilian customs because their import is forbidden:

•Cigarettes and drinks made in Brazil, but commercialized exclusively abroad

•Cigarettes that are not commercialized in their country of origin

•Toys and replicas of firearms, unless it is to integrate the collection of a person authorized by the Brazilian Army

•Wildlife species without a license and technical advice issued by the Ministry of the Environment

•Products marked with fake, altered or imitated marks, or a false indication of origin

•Goods which production has infringed copyright law

•Products containing genetically modified organisms

•Pesticides, their components and related products

•Offending merchandise to morals, good customs, health or public order

•Narcotics or illegal substances

•Refurbished goods

•Any kind of trash

7. Other authorizing agencies

The following agencies also have authority to get specific items stopped at Brazilian customs:

•National Commission of Nuclear Energy, CNEN, for radioactive materials and other emitting equipment

•National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, CNPQ, for goods destined for technological and scientific research

•Department of Foreign Trade Operations, DECEX, for goods subject to trade protection and to fiscalization of price, weight, measures, classification and type

•Department of Federal Police, DPF, for chemicals that may be intended for the preparation of illicit narcotics, psychotropic substances or cause physical or psychological dependence

•Brazilian Army, for firearms and war equipment

•Brazilian Institute of Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, IBAMA, for live animals and products thereof and certain types of wood

•Ministry of Science and Technology, MCT, goods that can be used in the manufacture of missiles and nuclear, chemical and biological weapons

•Superintendence of  the Manaus Free Trade Zone, SUFRAMA, for goods that were imported due to the tax benefits of the Manaus Free Trade Zone

8. Loss of Cargo

Goods stuck at Brazilian customs have a maximum deadline to be cleared, otherwise the goods can be either seized by the Federal Revenue and then auctioned or destroyed. There are different deadlines for what is called Pena de Perdimento, Portuguese for Loss of Cargo, to happen:

•90 days after landing, if the customs clearance process was not initiated

•60 days from the date of suspension of the customs clearance process, by act or omission of  the importer or their representative

•60 days from the date of notification of the owner of the goods from shipwrecks and other accidents

•45 days provided that the traveller does not start its customs clearance process of goods not regarded as luggage

Note:The article repost from Realogistics