Shipping to Brazil

Get up-to-date local information about import procedures and restrictions, demurrage and detention, container pick-ups and more.

Customs House Brokerage

Core product

Import Customs Clearance Transit Documents
Standard full import customs clearance process
  • Standard import clearance procedure
  • Guidance on correct merchandise fiscal classification
  • Customs clearance consultancy service
A transit document allows free movement of cargo and containers trough Brazilian territories, suspending the payment of duty and VAT until the destination
  • Drawback
  • Bonded Warehouse
  • Temporary Admission
  • Other Ad-hoc atypical process: RE-IMPORT
  • DTA

Additional Custom House Brokerage services 

  • Duty Recovery and Savings
  • Certificate of Origin applying
  • Classification
  • Auditing and KPI reports
  • Cloud service for documentation storage

What is required to complete Customs House Brokerage?

  • Signed Power of Attorney (POA)
    Signed Power of Attorney by importer or exporter on company letter headed paper and notarized document; This will grant permission to complete CHB process.

  • Radar Register
    Screenshot evidence of accomplished registering; Include Damco as exporter/or importer representative on Customs System

  • Marinha Mercante Register (scanned copy of RG/CPF from POA)

Enable Damco as representative on Marinha Mercante website in order to be able to pay taxes on importer’s behalf;

  • Certified copy of Company’s Registration;
  • Copy of VAT Certificate/Tax ID = CNPJ;
  • Electronic POA uploaded to Damco in e-CAC (BR digital Customs portal for queries);


Mandatory Documents

  • Signed POA
  • Comercial Invoice (s)
  • Packing List (s)
  • Classification Number/ HTS (NCM)
  • Original Bill of Lading (for imports and Booking for exports)

Additional Documents (where applicable)*

  • Licenses
  • Health Certificates
  • Preferences Certificates


Q: What is the Pricing / Cost of these services?
A: Please refer to the pricing schedule presented to you

Q: What can hold up my Customs Clearance?
A: A variety of reasons can hold up a clearance, to name a few but not limited to, would be awaiting mandatory documents, awaiting payment, customs holds, Port Authority holds and vessel delays.

Q: What is Radar? 
A: Radar is a mandatory license on Brazilian Customs system for those who wish to export or import in Brazil. There are different levels of permission and pre-established amount of goods that a company can export or import and usually that will depend on the size of the company.

Q: What if I do not have Radar?
A: Customer can apply directly to Brazilian Customs or request consultancy services to Damco.(this is subject to a % transnational charge, and credit checks may be required).

Q: What stands for e-CAC?
A: e-Virtual Center for support on tax payer, this is the digital support from Brazilian Customs in order to initiate queries, amendment process and follow up on queries

Q: What does DTA mean?
A: DTA stands for “Declaração de Trânsito Aduaneiro” refers to permission request to Brazilian Customs and given based on DTA issuance document to be utilized on inland transportation were duty and VAT are suspended during the transfer process from primary zone to secondary zone. E.G.: from port to EADI.

Q: What is DUE?
A: DUE stands for “Declaração Única de Exportação” , this is the export customs clearance declaration on newly released version in Brazil that replaces RE “Registro de Exportação” and DDE “Declaração de Desembaraço de Exportação”.

Q: What does EADI mean?
A: EADI stands for “Estação Aduaneira de Interior” and it’s commom referred as secondary bonded zone as well.

Q: Who will invoice me for my Customs Clearance?
A: Damco will raise invoice for all Customs related costs

Abbreviations & Explanations

CHB = Customs House Brokerage
VAT = Value Added Tax
EORI = Economic Operators’ Registration and Identification
HTS = Harmonized Tariff Schedule
AEO = Authorized Economic Operator
POA = Power of Attorney
T1 = Transit Document which allows the movement of non-EU commodity between two customs offices (EU)
T2L = Document which proofs the EU status

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Demurrage and Detention


BR: Freetime & Per Diem 20 DRY 40 DRY 20 SPEC 40 SPEC BR: Freetime & Per Diem 20’ REEF 40’ REEF
FREETIME 5 5 5 5 Freetime 5 5
1st slab: Next 6 days after freetime 35 66 55 99 1st slab: Next 10 days after freetime 97 194
2nd slab: Next 11 days after slab 1 50 95 76 149 2nd slab: Next 10 days after slab 1 145 290
Thereafter 70 140 86 198 Thereafter 194 388

Note 1: NOR same as DRY / DRY = 8'6 & 9'6 / SPEC = Flat Rack and Open Top.

Note 2: Charges in USD per calendar day (including weekends and holidays) after freetime expires

Note 3: Terminal storage charges may apply, nevertheless, those are charged directly by Terminal Operator

Note 4: Import Combined Demurrage and Detention | from discharge full at terminal to empty return in our depot.

Note 5: From Manaus we apply 15 DAYS free time;

Note 6: Codfish: 25 running days on Import;

Note 7: Fruit: 15 running days on Import;

Note 8: Container demurrage tariffs and conditions applicable for the port of discharge located in Brazil, including the free time, are registered in the Documents Registry Notary Office in the city of Santos, under number 719.429

Note 9: Note that the demurrage and detention conditions shall not apply if the booking/shipment was placed under Maersk Spot (instant rate/booking system) conditions which are available at the carriers website at and which shall supersede any separately agreed terms. In case of doubts, please check with the Shipper or local agents the modality of booking/shipment that was hired.For more details, click here.

Note 10: Maersk uses a Progressive method to calculate demurrage and detention charges upon expiry of the free-time, which means that for customers with special deals, after the extended free time expires, any additional days will be subject to the demurrage and detention charges as per the relevant day count in our tariff tier structure. This means that the subsequent demurrage and detention charges beyond extended free time will not automatically be calculated basing on the tariffs of 1st tier. For more details, click here.


Siscarga Implementation

Siscarga is the new automated system for Brazilian Customs and its implementation has the objective of controlling the entrance and exit of vessels on bonded ports, foreign cargo for imports, exports or in transit and empty containers transported by sea, since its manifest up to its delivery to the importer or exit of bonded territory, as well as plan customs inspection prior to cargo arrival, through risk analysis over informed data.

Payment Process and Receipts: Details here


Sticking to Brazil’s legislation (ANTAQ RES 2239 15/09/2011) that requires below listed documents for IMO Cargo, as from February 01st , 2016 Maersk will require below dangerous cargo documents at origin for all bookings with destination Brazil.

  1. Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)
  2. Multimodal Dangerous Goods Form (MDGF)

The content you provide will remain the same as today, you just need to populate in the attached form.

Remarks (items B,C and D)
In case that customs’ deadline has expired, to amend Consignee,  customer will be exposed to fine of BRL 5,000.
Fill form attached + BRL 700,00 (amendment cost)

MSDS form, will be required for all IMO bookings.

This requirement is in force by law and Maersk along with other carriers want to follow all legal requirements. Valid for all bookings requested as from February 1st, 2016. Dangerous cargo bookings without necessary documentation at origin will not be loaded.

In case of doubts please contact your customer service agent.



BL Clause - Documentation: the manifests must state weight in kilos. 

Received for Shipment is not accepted by any Brazilian port by the local authorities. Please do not use it.

Inland: It is acceptable but 25% tax apply on all charges (including inland). Any doubt please contact our customer service department.

NCM (harmonized cargo code): mandatory information in all import BLs. NCM number must be inserted on cargo description field.

A) CNEE must be a Brazilian Company with full address, telephone number and e-mail address; We do not accept shipments with a person as Consignee.

B) If the cnee is "To the order", First Notify information must be updated with a Brazilian company, including all details (address, phone, zip code, telephone number and e-mail address and Complete company name) .

C) If the cnee is "To Order of a Bank " or "In name of a Bank ", CNPJ of the bank will be required as Mandatory and also the First Notify information must be updated with a Brazilian company, including all details (address,   phone, zip code,telephone number and e-mail address and Complete company name).

D) If  the Cnee is "To the order of a foreign Bank", the First Notify information must be updated with a Brazilian company, including all details (address, phone, zip code, telephone number and e-mail address and Complete company name).                                               

E) Foreign Consignee is not allowed.

Freight and Charges: mandatory information in all import bls to Brazil. 
As per Merchant Marine law nr 10.833 the AFRMM (Merchant Marine Tax) is applied in the total amount of freight and charges incurred in the transport including port expenses declared in the transport document (including Terminal handling charge destination - CAPATAZIA). Original Bl without these information are not accepted by local authorities and consignee as well as carrier will face problems with authorities.

Date of issuance of the original BL: the same date must appear in the printed copy at final destination.

Freigh as per agreement: it is not acceptable.

Cargo House / Pier (CFS): it is not accepted.

Cargo from Uruguay or Argentina with final destination Brazil: It is a must to use the Mercosul Countries flag's BL. Maersk is no longer doing such kind of transport. Mercosul Line is our Brazilian flag available for that.

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