Includes import documentation and other requirements for both the U.S. exporter and foreign importer.
Last Published: 9/21/2018

U.S. exporters and Brazilian importers must register with the Foreign Trade Secretariat (SECEX), a branch of the Ministry of Industrial Development and Commerce (MDIC). Depending on the product, Brazilian authorities may require more documentation. For instance, the Ministry of Health controls all products that may affect the human body, including pharmaceuticals, vitamins, cosmetics and medical equipment/devices. Such products can only be imported and sold in Brazil if the foreign company establishes a local Brazilian manufacturing unit or local office, or the foreign company appoints a Brazilian distributor who is authorized by the Brazilian authorities to import and distribute medical products. Such products must be registered with ANVISA (Brazil’s Sanitary. The registration process is often complex and/or time consuming. More details about documentation can be found at the website (


The entry of several imported products to Brazil is subject to permission issued by the respective Brazilian authorities that regulate the entry and commercialization of these goods. Goods that require an import license require approval from one or more of 16 authorities, composed mainly of ministries or regulatory agencies. Usually, these licenses must be requested by a branch of the Ministry of Development, Industry and Trade (MDIC) before the shipment, but in certain cases they can be obtained after the shipment of goods, but prior to customs clearance.

See the Import Requirements & Documentation section under ICT in Chapter 4 for import information related to telecommunication products.

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