Interpersonal relationships matter as much in Brazilian business as the rest of life, time spent building them can bring rewards.
With over 200 million residents and the seventh largest economy in the world, Brazil holds notable opportunities. There are issues, from Covid-19 rates to corruption but a greater number of positive aspects.
Social business approaches work well, the world’s largest healthcare cooperative is in Brazil and much of their farming industry is run as cooperatives. State education has been moving forward to upskill the workforce.
Alongside traditional sectors of agriculture and mining, manufacturing has taken hold, from cars, to planes, computers to consumer durables. Production creates over 30% of Brazil’s GDP and this relies on the input of foreign expertise.
With the right product, or service, there is a market and Brazil’s recent ATA carnet membership can make the journey easier.
Brazil rushed into carnet use for the 2016 Olympics and there were teething problems but they have largely gone. Local and national government are making an effort to promote carnet use for their own companies.
Carnets are accepted for exhibitions and fairs, or professional equipment, along with items for educational, scientific, cultural, or sports use. They will normally be valid for twelve months from the date of issue.
Replacements for lost, or stolen carnets are allowed, as are extensions up to a further twelve months. In both cases, you will need to contact your carnet provider and liaise with Brazilian customs.
Most customs offices can process carnets, including for hand baggage at an airport. The level of understanding is normally good, although care is needed.
Admin Will Matter
Brazil may be perceived as a country with a laissez faire approach but this does not apply to customs documentation. Paperwork need to be complete and filled out correctly, or you risk delay, penalties, or confiscation.
Our team will naturally ensure your ATA carnet is correct and offer wider advice. The World Trade Organisation suggest carrying a copy of the carnet legislation with you, in case there are points to be discussed.
We honestly are not suggesting that Brazilian customs are especially awkward. They simply take pride in their role, to the point of being prepared to go on strike if they dislike government changes, they expect their customers to be purposeful.
A Welcoming Country
Paperwork apart, Brazil is a great place to visit, in reality more than one place. Regional diversity is significant, as are differences in ecosystems, from the rain forest to the Atlantic and the fine range of wildlife they host.
Influences on cuisine range from Portuguese, to Italian, to African, although you will never be far from a cup of coffee, or people to enjoy this with.
The Brazilian nation is welcoming to UK visitors and a useful place to do business. If our staff can help your goods have a safe journey with an ATA carnet, please get in touch at any time.