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International Container Shipping to Brazil

When shipping your goods to another country, you'll want to import them economically. Get here all required information about rates and shipping services to help you make your container shipping process as easy as possible. Look through the information on free trade zones, customs requirements and rates on shipping your containers to Brazil.

Import your container freight to main ports and cities in Brazil: Belo Horizonte, Brazilia, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador, Sao Paulo.

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Brazil has been a WTO (World Trade Organization) member since 1995. The country is one of its most active participants: Brazil has submitted diversified proposals to different WTO bodies and took part in the GATS negotiations on telecommunications and on financial services.

Free Trade Zones (Warehouses)

There are 4 free trade zones in Brazil: Manaus (in the State of Amazonas); Macapá/Santana (in the State of Amapá); Tabatinga (in the state of Amazonas in the border with Peru); and Guajaramirim (in the State of Rondônia, bordering Bolivia). 4 other free trade zones are authorized but not yet functioning: Bonfim and Paracaíma (in the state of Roraima), Brasiléia (in the State of Acre) and Epitaciolândia (in the State of Rondônia).

The Manaus Free Trade Zone is the most largely developed. Decree No. 288 of February 1967 established specific incentives for 30 years period with the purpose of creating an industrial, commercial and agricultural center in the middle of the Brazilian Amazon.

The Brazilian Constitution of 1988 ratified the fiscal benefits of the Manaus Free Trade Zone and extended their applicability to the 2013. Free Trade Zone status implies that imported goods may enter into the Manaus free port without payment of customs duties or other import taxes.

Additionally, the Industrial Products Tax (IPI) on a number of commodities and the ICMS sales tax on the majority of items are not applied.

Manaus Free Trade Zone importers are allowed to supply foreign products from their stock in Manaus to other regions in the country regardless of quantity. But these products are subject to all duties assessed under normal imports. There is, however, the advantage that the Merchandise Circulation Tax is diminished to only 4 %.

In addition to the free trade zones, 14 export processing zones have been authorized.

When thinking of using FCL shipping option (20’ and 40’ containers), you should keep in mind the following advantages:
1) The container volume is all at your disposal;
2) You don’t have to have to wait for your order being consolidated with other orders shipped to the same destination;
3) Mind that your goods will stay in the container from the time of loading in the origin port to the time of unloading at the destination.

Here are the estimated costs on importing your container from United States to the ports in Brazil:

 20’ Container 40’ Container Transit Time   
 East Coast - Itajai             $1,723.00 $1,788.00 19
 West Coast - Itajai  $2,749.00 $3,655.00 26
 East Coast - Paranagua       $1,560.00   $1,810.00 19
 West Coast - Paranagua    $2,845.00   $3,620.00   26
 East Coast - Pecem (Fortaleza)       $1,206.00  $1,451.00 29
 West Coast - Pecem (Fortaleza)  $2,899.00   $3,905.00   37
 East Coast - Salvador $1,206.00   $1,656.00 29
 West Coast - Salvador $2,749.00 $3,655.00 37
 East Coast - Santos $1,206.00 $1,656.00 19
 West Coast - Santos $2,750.00 $3,690.00 26
 East Coast - Sao Francisco Do Sul $1,206.00 $1,656.00 19
 West Coast - Sao Francisco Do Sul $2,749.00  $3,655.00 26
 East Coast - Suape $1,206.00 $1,656.00 29
 West Coast - Suape $2,845.00 $3,620.00 37
 East Coast - Vitoria $5,371.00  $6,626.00 30
 West East - Vitoria $2,835.00 $4,555.00 38
 East Coast - Rio De Janeiro $1,206.00 $1,656.00 33
 West Coast - Rio De Janeiro $2,749.00 $3,655.00 44
 East Coast - Rio Grande  $1,206.00 $1,656.00 27
 West Coast - Rio Grande $2,749.00 $3,655.00 35

To get the full cost of transportation you should add the following:

- Bunker Adjustment Factor (BAF Charges) - $90 - $180
- Wharfage - $3 per MT
- Bill of Lading - $50
- Drayage from Terminal to Your Door (depends on the distance) - $220 (minimum) for 20’ and $235 (minimum) for 40’ container
- Fuel Surcharge - starts at $40
- Shipper's Declaration (Over $2,500.00) - $50
- Allowance for Industrial Goods - $100 - $150
- Hazardous Material - $100 

Please note that these charges are subject to change. Request an online quote to get the fresh rates.