Lengthy operations at brazilian customs facilities: causes and solutions

Updated: Apr 20, 2023

The Brazilian tax system is one of the most complex in the world. When we talk about international trade, several bureaucracies need to be fulfilled so that the process is more agile in the customs areas.


Bill of lading, packing list, commercial invoice, and many other documents are necessary to import products. In addition to having all these documents available, it is important that they are all up to date, as any mistake can delay the customs process.


The Brazilian Federal Revenue Service is responsible for controlling everything that enters and leaves the country. Customs clearance takes around, at least, 8 days to clear orders coming from outside the country.


When there are problems with documents or payment of taxes, it is common for the cargo to be stopped at customs until the due rectifications and payment of the fine are made. In purchases above U$ 500 (about R$ 2,470), the tax is charged at 60%. Above that, the percentage plus ICMS for each state is charged – in addition to other fees that can be added.

What is customs clearance?

Customs clearance is known as the release of goods through customs so that they can enter the country. Customs clearance registers the conclusion of the customs conference and it is through it that the delivery of the goods to the interested party is authorized, being the last act of the clearance procedure.


“Paragraph 571 of the Brazilian Customs Regulation establishes that customs clearance on import is the act by which the conclusion of the customs conference is registered”


In the import dispatch, the data declared by the exporter are verified. The documents are also checked and whether everything complies with the specific legislation for that product.

According to information from the Federal Revenue, customs clearance requires time, as inspection of all stages must be carried out to ensure that the import process is in accordance with current regulations.


A recent study by the Federal Revenue showed that the main reason for the delay in customs areas comes from the lack of knowledge of importers, who neglect or ignore certain bureaucracies.


Each country has its own rules for foreign trade, and as the tax system in Brazil is quite complex, it is common for merchants to have difficulty selling products and going through customs right away.


We know that operations in customs areas are crucial for international trade and it is important to seek solutions to reduce delays. By investing in personnel, equipment, technology and a good trading company, in addition to simplifying bureaucratic processes and standardizing procedures, it is possible to streamline these operations and ensure that trade continues to flow efficiently.


Savixx is a reference company when it comes to international trade, obtaining more than 98% of the green channel in the release of cargo with the Federal Revenue Service.


We invest in building a transparent relationship with all participants in the service chain, always acting in accordance with the rules governing Foreign Trade in Brazil and worldwide. To learn more about Savixx and how we can help your company grow even more, get in touch with someone from our team right now!


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