In a recent post of our blog, we talked about a tour in the city of Foz do Iguazú, which normally includes a shopping day in Paraguay. Bearing in mind ways to help you plan your next trip, we’ll be giving some tips and info on what are the baggage rules for your next trip to Brazil.
All info was extracted from the website of the Brazilian Federal Revenue Department.
Items you can bring in your suitcase and are exempt from taxes
- Books, leaflets and periodicals, no quantity restriction;
- Personal goods needed during the trip. Example: a used camera, a used wristwatch, a used cell phone (camcorders, computers or tablets are not exempt);
- New items and gifts that add up to $500;
- Shopping of up to $500 in free shops in Brazil.
Items you can bring in your suitcase, but are subject to taxation
- Clothing and clothing articles
- Hygiene and beauty products
- Electronic equipment
- Industrialized, packaged and sealed products of vegetable origin
- Chocolate, candies, and jelly
- Wine and beverages in general
- Olive oil and coffee (soluble, roasted and ground)
- Powder for ice cream and desserts
- Crafts and costume jewelry
- Gifts and souvenirs
Items you can bring in your suitcase, but to a maximum limit
- Processed food derived from meat: up to 10kg. Ex: salami, ham, bacon, etc.;
- Processed foods derived from milk and egg, baked foods and products for animal consumption: up to 5kg/liters. Ex: cheese, dulce de leche, butter and yogurt;
- Fish intended for human consumption: up to 5 kg. Ex: smoked cod.
Items you can bring in your suitcase, but with a limit as to the tax exemptions quota
- Liquors: 12 liters;
- Cigars and cigarillos: 25 units.
- Foreign cigarettes: 10 packs.
- Tobacco: 250 g;
- Goods worth up to $10, max. 20 units and a maximum of 10 identical items;
- Goods worth more than $ 10 up to 20 units and a maximum of 3 identical items.
Items that require authorization from government agencies
- Fresh vegetables, seeds, fruit and vegetables, flowers, meat in natura: Agricultural Surveillance (Vigiagro);
- Drugs, medical products, cleaning products, instruments and materials for esthetics or dental use: Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency (Anvisa);
- Weapons and ammunition: Brazilian Army;
- Wild animals: Brazilian Institute of the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama);
- Telecommunications equipment: National Telecommunication Agency Telecom Regulator in Brazil (Anatel);
- Rough diamonds: National Department of Mineral Production (DNMP).
Items you can bring in your suitcase, but will be taxed
- Goods above the exemption limit;
- Money in specie, in national or foreign currency, over BRL10,000;
- Motor vehicles, parts or components, including tires;
- Goods or equipment intended for resale or industrial use;
- Orders for third parties;
- Machines and apparatus which require some installation for their use. Ex: desktop computer, air conditioner, video projector.
- Cigarettes and beverages manufactured in Brazil, intended for sale exclusively abroad;
- Branded cigarettes not marketed in the country of origin;
- Replicas of firearm;
- Animal species of wildlife without technical opinion and license;
- Aquatic species without the permission of the competent agency;
- Counterfeit or pirated products;
- Products containing genetically modified organisms;
- Agrochemicals, their components and the like;
- Merchandise which can be “harmful to morals, health or public order”;
- Narcotics or drugs.
Goods to declare
In case you have goods to declare, you must complete the Electronic Declaration of Goods of Travelers (e-DBV). Therefore, upon arrival in Brazil, you will choose one of the channels: Nothing to Declare or Goods to Declare.
But which goods should I declare? Taxable goods exceeding the tax-exempt quota; possession of cash in specie over BRL10,000; lost goods; goods from the list that require authorization by some government agency.
If you choose the channel “Nothing to Declare” and carry goods that should be declared, you will be punished with a fine of 50% of the amount exceeding the exemption limit for the used transportation route.
I bought a watch on the trip and I started to use it right away. Is this watch a possession of clear personal character? According to the baggage rules, if you only have one, yes. However, if you left Brazil with your watch and bought another one during the trip, even if you have already used the new one, the purchased watch is not compatible with the circumstances of the trip (only if you can prove a defect in the clock taken with you).
Do children and teens have any kind of exceptions regarding the types of goods they can bring in their luggage? Yes! Children under 18 are entitled to the exemption quota, but the goods brought must be compatible with their age group.
For me to be entitled to the extra quota of the Free Shop, can I buy at any store when I arrive in Brazil? To be entitled to the new quota of $500, you must buy only in the first store of the first landing airport in Brazil.
When I return to Brazil, how can I prove that my goods were acquired in Brazil? The proof can be made with the presentation of the invoice issued by an establishment from Brazil, even if the item is used.
And how can I prove that my imported goods were purchased abroad, but during another trip? Even if the item is used, the verification can be done by showing the number of e-DBV, RTE or DBA; by any suitable means; through an administrative appeal, in which case the ITEM will be retained in the Customs.
Can I bring vitamins, medicines and dietary supplements? Yes, but they must comply with the rules of health surveillance. Otherwise, they may be seized and even treated as drugs.
Are clothes and footwear exempt from taxation? If the goods were used in the trip, they are exempt (goods for personal use). If they are labeled, not used or set up resale, they will be taxable (if they exceed the exemption quota).
Further questions? Write on the comment section for us to help you!
See you in the next traveler’s guide.