Shipping to Brazil? Yet one more possible problem….By
We were recently alerted by Paul Dryden of GlobalDataConsortium of talk in the industry that the Customs in Brazil has started requiring that inbound parcels bear a “CPF” before they can be cleared, including parcels arriving through Correios.
The CPF is somewhat unique. CPF stands for the Cadastro de Pessoa Fisica ( Brazilian Taxpayer Registry). This is a database maintained by the Federal Revenue, ie tax, department. If you fall into one of three categories, you must register and obtain a CPF number. The categories are: Brazilians, foreigners resident in Brazil, and foreigners living abroad but owning assets in Brazil. When registering, you receive a permanent number which is unique to you, like a US Social Security number. This is used in nearly every commercial transaction one conducts in the country.
In short, the average customer in Brazil buying something in the US from Amazon (or anyone else for that matter) will not receive his or her parcel unless the CPF is on it and duties, often very substantial, are paid……Shipping to Brazil? Yet one more possible problem (401)