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Moving to Brazil from the United States

If you are moving to or from Brazil, International Sea & Air Shipping can expedite your relocation to Brazil with sea or air container moves that are smooth and seamless.

When Moving to Brazil

An International Moving Specialist will help you by outlining your moving options based on your moving criteria such as:
  • When do you need to be in Brazil?
  • Do you have an apartment or real estate availability dates? Are you selling property in the United States?
  • Are you moving alone or with family? For business or personal reasons? What is the time frame that your family should arrive in Brazil?

The Cost of Moving to Brazil

The cost to move to Brazil from the United States varies considerably based on the cubic footage of your belongings and your proposed destination arrival time.

Call for a home visit consultation. This includes a site inspection of your home and belongings for the most accurate cubic feet estimate. At that time we can discuss additional moving services to help expedite your relocation to Brazil.

About Brazil

The fifth largest country in the world, Brazil, is well known for its unique culture, festivity and no doubt for a distinctive name in the world of soccer. Half of the vast expanse of this country, however, is covered by the Amazon basin, well known for its wildlife and the rainforest. In fact, the rainforest here is the largest in the world.

Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world, after Russia, Canada, China and the United States and sharing land borders with Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia and Venezuela.

Brazil is also famous for its forty six days long “Carnival”. It is one mega event of the year when hundreds of tourists also pour down in Brazil from several countries to enjoy the colorful samba-school parades and general fun and frolic.

Brazil has the largest share of emigrants from Portugal, Italy, Spain, Germany, Japan and the Middle-East. The Brazilian economy is the world’s 8th largest economy by nominal GDP and the 7th largest by purchasing power parity.

Custom Regulations for Brazil:


In an attempt to protect Brazilian crops/fauna/flora from what is known in the USA as the Chinese Bug (Anoplophora Glabripennis) the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture has imposed severe restrictions that are effective immediately on the entry of pallets/wooden airvans/liftvans/crates etc.
  • Wooden units must have a fumigation certificate issued by the applicable official government agency in the origin country
  • Wood must be certified it has been treated with heat, fumigation or other type of previously agreed upon chemical product
  • Fumigation should be completed not more than 15 days prior to shipment
  • If wooden crates/units/pieces arrive in Brazil without the certificate the goods will either be incinerated at the importers expense or be treated if possible in Brazil
  • Recommendation is to completely refrain from using wood for packing purposes in all shipments to Brazil, advise to:
    • Loosepack all items in metal containers for surface shipments
    • Use tri-wall air containers for air shipments
    • Use mirror cartons rather than crates for paintings, glass or mirrors
  • In the event it becomes necessary to ship liftvans or crate fragile items the certificate must accompany the cargo
  • Passport (original), Visa stamped
  • Residence Visa
  • Brazil I.D. card
  • Inventory in Portuguese (two originals)
    • Inventory must be itemized in detail; brand names, make, model and serial numbers of all electrical items must be noted
    • Also need to show the estimated value of the item in U.S. dollars
    • Must be legalized by the Brazilian Consulate for temporary visa holders
    • Pets must be listed on the inventory
    • Two separate inventories first showing used items and the second "new" items (items less than six (6) months old)
  • Certificate of Residence issued by the Brazilian Consulate at origin for returning citizens
  • Proof of revenue abroad
  • Proof of residence abroad for over one year
  • Airline ticket
  • Work Contract and Customs Bond are required for Customers holding a temporary visa
  • Goods must be re-exported upon expiration of the contract for holders of a temporary visa
  • "Termo de Responsibilidade" (guarantee)
  • Power of Attorney forms provided by the Destination Agent
  • Letter authorizing Destination Agent to clear shipment
  • Household goods and personal effects may be imported duty and tax free provided they have been OWNED and USED for at least six (6) months and are not for re-sale
  • ONLY two shipments permitted, one air and one sea
  • Shipments should arrive in Brazil no earlier than three months before or no later than six months after customers arrival
  • Shipments 100% inspected
  • Clearance cannot begin until all documents are received
  • Shipment must embark from the country of customers residence
  • Immigrants must register with the Brazilian Federal Police within 30 days of arrival
**It is strongly advised not to import any items that are new as they will be subject to high duties and fines

  • New articles sent as unaccompanied baggage will be subject to payment of duties. The duties will be 50% of the value of the goods. Customer will have to present the invoice.
  • Items not corresponding to inventory are subject to very high duties/fines
  • Duplicate items (such as electrical appliances) assessed very high duty
  • Wedding trousseaux, inheritance items, new furniture, tins of food and alcohol are all subject to high customs duties
  • Presents, souvenirs, computers and carpets are all duty-free if part of the household goods shipment
  • Computers need special entry permit from SEI (list model, serial number and accessories)
  • Alcohol and tobacco products
  • Appliances and bicycles
  • Photo, audio and video equipment
  • Arms, ammunition and dangerous objects (firearms and weapons require special license)
  • Narcotics, medicines and drugs
  • Plants
  • Not allowed except for members of foreign diplomatic corps
  • Cats and dogs require a Health and Vaccination Certificate from the point of origin and are subject to veterinarian examination at the port of entry
  • Other animals are subject to consultation with the Brazilian Ministry of Agriculture prior to departure from the country of origin and are also subject to inspection
NOTE - Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to this destination and is being provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and customers. Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, International Sea & Air Shipping cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance. Always double check with your local embassy or consulate.

Call our International Moving Specialists @ 1-866-788-1090


Motto : Order and Progress
Capital : Brasilia
National Anthem : "Hino Nacional Brasileiro" ("Brazilian National Anthem")


Location : Eastern South America, bordering the Atlantic Ocean
Area : Total : 8,514,877 sq km

Land : 8,459,417 sq km
Water : 55,460 sq km

Climate : Mostly tropical, but temperate in south


Nationality : Brazilian(s)
Population : 203,429,773 (July 2011 est.)
Major Cities : Sao Paulo 19.96 million; Rio de Janeiro 11.836 million; Belo Horizonte 5.736 million; Porto Alegre 4.034 million; BRASILIA (capital) 3.789 million (2009)
Languages : Portuguese (official and most widely spoken language)


GDP : $2.194 trillion (2010 est.)
Exchange Rates : Reals (BRL) per US dollar - 1.77 (2010), 1.9976 (2009), 1.8644 (2008), 1.85 (2007), 2.1761 (2006)


Airports : 4,072 (2010)
Roadways : Total : 1,751,868 km
Waterways : 50,000 km
Ports & Terminals : Cargo ports (tonnage): Ilha Grande (Gebig), Paranagua, Rio Grande, Santos, Sao Sebastiao, Tubarao container ports (TEUs): Santos (2,677,839), Itajai (693,580)


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