Brazil: Customs enhancements regarding physical controls and verification of goods

Ordinance RFB 143/22 will enable customs inspection actions to be carried out remotely.

Physical controls and verification of goods

The tax authority (Receita Federal do Brasil—RFB) published Ordinance RFB 143 (11 February 2022) which authorizes improvements in the physical controls and verification of goods in connection with Brazil’s customs procedures.

Ordinance RFB 143/22 will enable customs inspection actions to be carried out remotely regarding:

  • Parking or transit of vehicles
  • Movement, storage, and customs clearance of goods, including those under a special customs regime
  • Loading, unloading, and verification of goods
  • Transit of travelers
  • Handling and storage of international shipments

This will be possible with the use of interface technology known as “API Recintos” that will allow the integration between the importer’s control systems and the control systems of the RFB.

The use of this API Recintos technology will reduce the amount of data required to be captured and recorded at customs facilities and will also dispense with annual audits of customs facilities systems, pursuant to the rules under Normative Instruction SRF nº 682/06. When these measures are in full operation, the RFB will manage information on access and movement of vehicles and cargo (including videos and images), providing greater security for importers and better control by the customs teams for risk management, surveillance and repression, and control in certain zones.

Read a February 2022 report (Portuguese) prepared by the KPMG member firm in Brazil


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