It is not uncommon to see health products and cosmetics get stuck at Brazilian customs because they failed to fulfill Anvisa’s requirements regarding these goods.The Ministério da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento, which is Portuguese for Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Supply, MAPA, is the regulating agency responsible for overseeing the import of goods of animal and vegetable origin.
As some imported goods may require special procedures and documentation, it is the responsibility of the importer to inform the exporter about them, consequently diminishing the chances of getting goods stuck at Customs.
The main reason why goods get stuck at Brazilian Customs is the lack of proper documentation that needs to be presented whenever goods need to be cleared.
For example, if any of the following information that was provided on the invoice regarding the imported goods is different to what the imported goods really are, these goods will get stuck at customs: But, beyond these minor problems, the importer needs to be authorized by the Brazilian government in order to perform international trade and handle all the necessary documentation to the customs authorities.
In order to be authorized by the Brazilian government to perform international trade, the importer must have a Radar license.
The importing company must forward to Anvisa an application for shipment authorization, by completing a Request for Authorization of Lading Abroad to release the shipment.
In all of the stages of the import of the products mentioned above, Anvisa can deny the import of such products, unless the product is already registered at Anvisa.As is the case for health products or cosmetics imports, the import of such goods is subject to an Import Licensing that is required to clear the goods at Brazilian customs.The company importing goods of animal and vegetable origin must be registered with MAPA.For all cases present in Regulation Number 354 by Inmetro, a Declaração de Liberação para Importação de Produtos, Portuguese for Declaration of Release for Import of Products, is to be requested from Inmetro.The Receita Federal do Brasil, which is the Brazilian Federal Revenue, is responsible for enforcing customs regulations.Also subject to MAPA inspection is the packaging or pallets that came with the goods.