Moving to Brazil guide

Moving to Brazil

Brésil / Brasil / Brasilien

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A Guide to Relocating to Brazil

Want to move to Rio de Janeiro? Considering moving to Sao Paolo? Here’s the moving advice you’ll need for any international removal to Brazil…

Moving Household Goods And Personal Effects To Brazil

Below is a list of the documents you will need when planning an international removal to Brazil:

  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air Waybill (AWB) – We will take care of this if completing the entire international removal to Brazil for you.
  • Notarized copies of Passport (Of the individual moving/importing the goods) (including all the blank pages) (2 copies)
  • Temporary Work Visa / Permanent Visa
  • Notarized copies of Brazilian Tax Card / Cadastro de Pessoas Fisicas (CPF Number) (2 copies)
  • Detailed inventories in Portuguese (1 moving inventory for new and 1 for used items)
  • Notarized copies of airline ticket (2 copies)
  • Notarized Employment Contract (non-Diplomats)
  • Declaration of Residence Abroad (non-Diplomats, returning citizens)
  • Copies of Registro Nacional de Estrangeiros (RNE) (2 copies) (non-Diplomats)
  • Baggage Declaration (non-Diplomats, returning citizens)
  • Guarantee Bond (non-Diplomats)
  • Notarized copies of Declaração Simplificada de Importação (DSI) / Diplomatic Franchise (3 copies) (applicable only to diplomatic relocations / diplomats moving)
  • Authenticated copy of Ministério das Relações Exteriores (MRE) identification (applicable only to diplomatic relocations / diplomats moving)
  • Copies of supplemental form (3 copies) (applicable only to diplomatic relocations / diplomats moving)
  • Certificate of Residence (returning citizens) / Utility bill receipts for the preceding 13 months
  • Proof of residence abroad (minimum of 1 year required) (returning citizens)
  • ISPM-15 Fumigation Certificate, if applicable

We recommend providing these as soon as possible to reduce delays with your removal to Brazil. Late receipt of documentation can lead to missed shipments, additional charges and penalties at Brazilian Customs. For your own protection, we will almost never ship your goods without the above in place.

Additional Removal Advice

  • The shipment should only be sent when all documents are complete and received by the destination agent, inclusive of the CPF number. Confirm receipt of documents with the agent and wait for their “green light”.
  • The address registered in the CPF must be the same as the final destination of the shipment (returning citizens).
  • Diplomats must be in Brazil prior to shipment arrival to apply for the required Brazilian documents and may import duty free.
  • Diplomats may import household appliances if in the possession the shipper for 6 months and appropriate to the rest of the shipment.
  • A CPF number is mandatory for all shipments.
  • The Visa must be valid for more than 180 days.
  • Goods can only be imported after the Visa is authorized by the Brazilian authorities and the Residence Permit / Visa is stamped in the Passport by the Brazilian Federal Police; the Shipment will be Customs cleared under a bond, signed by the shipper (non-Diplomats).
  • The OBL must be rated showing the freight cost and Harmonized Code for household goods; it should be consigned to the shipper, not the agent or moving company.
  • The DSI / Diplomatic Franchise are provided by the Ministério das Relações Exteriores (MRE).
  • It takes approximately 15 days to obtain the Diplomatic Franchise (applicable only to diplomatic relocations / diplomats moving).
  • Foreigners with a Temporary Visa must sign a Guarantee covering the amount of duties based on 50% of the declared value.
  • New and used household goods and personal effects may be imported duty free if for personal use and declared and new items are identified on the Removal packing list.
  • Electrical / electronic items must be declared showing brand name, model, and serial number.
  • The removal packing list of items must indicate the values of each item in R$ showing quantity per unit with the total value and the brand, model, and serial number of each item must be included. It must be signed and registered at a Brazilian Register Office.
  • Customs clearance can only begin after the arrival of the shipper in Brazil and should begin within 90 days of the shipper’s arrival; otherwise Customs may seize the shipment.
  • Shipments must arrive in Brazil within 180 days after arrival of shipper.
  • Shipments under a Tourist / Business Visa cannot be cleared.
  • Wooden packing material must be fumigated and a fumigation certificate must be sent to the agent with the OBL prior to shipment.
  • Food, beverages or medicines should not be included in the shipment.
  • Items imported will have to be exported when the shipper leaves Brazil (non-Diplomats).
  • Returning citizens or those who possess a permanent Visa must have lived abroad for at least 365 continuous days prior to relocation to Brazil.
    • During this time, citizens or visa holders cannot have been in Brazil for the past 12 months, for more than a period of 45 days.
    • If the stay exceeds 45 days all items included in the move will be subject to the payment of import duties, excluding the following items that are exempt, regardless of the above rule:
      • Clothes
      • Shoes
      • Books
      • Magazines
      • Documents
    • All items that have been “officially” exported from Brazil in the move.
    • If a returning Brazilian citizen who has lived abroad (and proved residence abroad for over 1 year) breaks this rule – exceeding 45 days in total in Brazil the year before his/her actual return to the country with the move – he/she will lose their tax exemption.
  • Returning citizens must prove time spent abroad, such as:
    • A letter issued by the Brazilian Consulate at origin stating that the shipper lived abroad for more than 1 year.
    • A letter of employment on company letterhead stating that the shipper worked for the company for more than 1 year.
  • Returning Brazilians and Permanent Visa holders may import unaccompanied baggage duty-free if the items are properly identified.
    • All new items must be identified in the removal packing list.
    • If not declared and if they are located during the physical customs inspection of the cargo, shall be subject to the payment of import duties and a fine.
  • Lift vans, air vans, wooden crates, and boxes arriving in containers or single shipments must be fumigated per ISPM 15 rules and visibly marked on at least two opposite sides of the container in permanent black ink.
  • Certain wood packing materials are exempt from regulation; contact agent for specific information.

Popular Destinations in Brazil

Global Moving Services is vastly experience in international removals to cities all over the globe. Their long history and detailed knowledge of different countries makes them the perfect choice for your move. Here are some of the most popular destinations we are asked to move people to in Brazil:

São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Brasília, Fortaleza, Belo Horizonte, Manaus. Get a quote to one of these places

Need Help?

If you are unsure about what you need, one of our international move managers is always willing to help. Just call us on +44 121 392 1720, or fill out an international removal enquiry, and we’ll ease you through the process.

Moving Your Money

If you’re moving to Brazil, it’s very likely you’ll have to exchange a large amount of currency. Many people waste thousands doing this through their bank as they think there is no alternative; but we partner with Global Reach who specialise in doing just this. Global Reach will offer all Global Moving Services customers preferential rates when exchanging currency and guarantee to beat other rates you’re receiving. Ask one of our move managers about this, to find out more click here or give us a call: +44 121 392 1720.

Get Insurance

We always advise taking out an insurance policy with us on every move. Although we like to think we’re the best in the industry, the odd accident can occasionally happen. For added peace of mind, make sure to speak to one of our move managers about this.

If you have already contracted us for your international removal to Brazil, then you can download the insurance form and email the completed form back to your international relocation manager.

Moving Your Car Or Motorcycle

Below is a list of the documents you will need when planning to move your vehicle to Brazil:

  • Certificate of Title
  • Diplomatic Franchise
  • Pro-forma Invoice

Additional Import Advice

  • Only foreign Diplomats or members of international organizations such as UNO, UNESCO, IMF, etc. may import motor vehicles for personal use.
  • If a vehicle is shipped in the same container as household goods, 2 separate OBLs must be produced. If separate OBLs are not submitted, it will not be possible to clear the shipment and may result in charges of up to 3,000 USD.
  • The importation of motor vehicles is prohibited for citizens and foreigners holding Permanent and Temporary Visas.
  • Foreign diplomats or members of international organizations such as UNO, UNESCO, IMF, etc. may import motor vehicles.

Relocating Your Pets to Brazil

These documents will be required when planning to relocate your pet to Brazil:

  • Veterinary Health Certificate
  • Vaccination Record

Additional Import Advice

  • Only cats and/or dogs may be imported and will be examined by a veterinarian upon arrival.
  • Shippers importing animals other than cats and/or dogs must obtain special authorization by the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture prior to departure from the origin country.
  • Certificates must be stamped by the Brazilian consulate at origin.
Restricted & Dutiable/Taxable Items

Think very carefully before moving these items to Brazil. Items on this list will be taxed and/or require specific permission to import. In all cases they must be declared prior to you relocating to Brazil:

  • Foodstuffs (subject to import duties of approximately 50% of declared value)
  • Cosmetics (subject to import duties of approximately 50% of declared value)
  • Medications (require a doctor’s prescription)
  • Cigarettes (400), cigars (25), pipe tobacco (250 g)
  • Beverages, wine, and liquor (are subject of import duties of approximately 50% of declared value and require authorization from the Health and Agriculture Ministry)
  • Foreign Diplomats may import alcohol duty free.
  • Persons may enter with no more than a maximum of two liters of alcohol.
  • Arms, ammunitions, and dangerous items (are subject to approval by the Brazilian Army prior to departure from origin)
  • Only small caliber firearms and hunting rifles for personal use are permitted.
  • Dangerous objects and weapons (subject to approval by the Brazilian army)
Prohibited/Banned Items
Do not move any of these items to Brazil:
  • Live plants
  • Drugs and narcotics
  • Tins
  • Coins of high value
  • Food items
  • Flammable or corrosive materials
  • Stamp collections
  • The following additional items are prohibited in GMS Baggage/Courier Consignments:
    • Aerosols (all kinds, Hairspray, Deodorant etc)
    • Aftershaves / Perfumes / Fragrances
    • Airbags
    • Alcoholic Drinks or Bottles
    • Ammunition of any kind
    • Animals of any kind (Dead or Alive)
    • Any items containing Petrol (Liquid, Gas or Fumes)
    • Biological Samples
    • Car Batteries
    • Cash & Cards (Credit / Debit)
    • Chainsaws
    • Cheques (Bank)
    • Christmas Crackers
    • Counterfeit Currency
    • Dangerous Goods
    • Driving Licence
    • Drugs (Including Prescription)
    • Engines
    • Excrement / Filth
    • Fire Extinguishers
    • Fish (Dead or Live)
    • Foodstuffs (all kinds)
    • Hazardous Goods
    • Human Remains (including ashes)
    • Infectious Substances
    • Knives
    • Laptop Computers, Mobile/Smart Phones or Tablets
    • Lighters
    • Lottery Tickets
    • Nail Varnish / Nail Varnish Remover
    • Oils
    • Paints
    • Passports
    • Perishable Goods (All)
    • Plants / Seeds etc
    • Printer Toner
    • Seatbelt Tensioners and Steering Wheels
    • Stamps
    • Tobacco
    • Water
    • Weapons (all kinds, including replicas)
    • Windscreens

Disclaimer: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This information is provided as a guide only. While Global Moving Services has exercised reasonable care in publishing this information, Global Moving Services makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.