The below information is a brief summary of customs regulations when you plan your international shipping to Brazil. Always double check with your local embassy or consulate to make sure you have all the information you need before you make your move. Contact the nearest Brazilian Embassy.

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 air-vans, lift-vans, crates, etc.

  • Wooden units must have a fumigation certificate issued by the applicable official government agency in the origin country.
  •  Wood must be certified it has been treated with heat, fumigation or other type of previously agreed upon chemical product.
  • Fumigation should be completed not more than 15 days prior to shipment.
    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.
  • Recommendation is to completely refrain from using wood for packing purposes in all shipments to Brazil, advise to:
    • Loose-pack all items in metal containers for surface shipments, Use tri-wall air containers for air shipments, Use mirror cartons rather than crates for paintings, glass or mirrors, In the event it becomes necessary to ship lift-vans or crate fragile items the certificate must accompany the cargo

When you plan your international shipping to Brazil, The following documents are required for customs clearance:

  • Passport (original), Visa stamped
  • Residence Visa
  • Brazil I.D. card
  • Inventory in Portuguese (two originals)
    • Inventory must be itemized in detail; brand names, make, model and serial numbers of all electrical items must be noted
    • Also need to show the estimated value of the item in U.S. dollars
    • Must be legalized by the Brazilian Consulate for temporary visa holders
    • Pets must be listed on the inventory
    • Two separate inventories first showing used items and the second “new” items (items less that six (6) months old)
  • Certificate of Residence issued by the Brazilian Consulate at origin for returning citizens
  • Proof of revenue abroad
  • Proof of residence abroad for over one year
  • Airline ticket
  • Work Contract and Customs Bond are required for Customers holding a temporary visa
  • Goods must be re-exported upon expiration of the contract for holders of a temporary visa
  • “Termo de Responsibilidade” (guarantee)
  • Power of Attorney forms provided by the Destination Agent
  • Letter authorizing Destination Agent to clear shipment

When shipping goods overseas to Brazil, The following items customs guidelines will need to be met:

  • Household goods and personal effects may be imported duty and tax free provided they have been OWNED and USED for at least six (6) months and are not for re-sale
  • ONLY two shipments permitted, one air and one sea
  • Shipments should arrive in Brazil no earlier than three months before or no later than six months after customer’s arrival
  • Shipments 100% inspected
  • Clearance cannot begin until all documents are received
  • Shipment must embark from the country of customer’s residence
  • Immigrants must register with the Brazilian Federal Police within 30 days of arrival

**It is strongly advised not to import any items that are new as they will be subject to high duties and fines

When shipping goods overseas to Brazil, The following items are dutiable and/or restricted:

  • 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.
  • Items not corresponding to inventory are subject to very high duties/fines
  • Duplicate items (such as electrical appliances) assessed very high duty
  • Wedding trousseaux, inheritance items, new furniture, tins of food and alcohol are all subject to high customs duties
  • Presents, souvenirs, computers and carpets are all duty-free if part of the household goods shipment
  • Computers need special entry permit from SEI (list model, serial number and accessories)
  • Alcohol and tobacco products
  • Appliances and bicycles
  • Photo, audio and video equipment

When shipping goods overseas to Brazil, The following items are prohibited from entry into the country:

•            Arms, ammunition and dangerous objects (firearms and weapons require special license)

•            Narcotics, medicines and drugs

•            Plants

When shipping Motor Vehicles overseas to Brazil, The following documents and regulations will apply:

  • Not allowed except for members of foreign diplomatic corps

Moving Pets to Brazil: The following documents must be presented for the importation of pets:

  • 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
  • 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


If you are moving your household, commercial goods or motor vehicles to Aracaju, Aracatuba, Belo Horizonte, Sao Paulo or to another other city, please give us a call to go over any questions you may have on import requirements.

 The regulations are subject to change without notice. Our company is not liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance.