Customs in Brazil
Basic Customs Protocol
On the airplane you will be given a customs form which you must fill out and present after you pass inmigration and pick up your luggage. You must choose one of two lines the RED line (Items to declare) or the GREEN line (Nothing to declare). Unless you are bringing commercial merchandise or lots of valuable items, always choose the green line. A customs official will select people for further inspection in a semi random fashion. If you only have one or two suitcases, you have a high probability of getting through without a secondary inspection. In case you are chosen for a secondary inspection here is a list of allowed items for visitors arriving in Brazil by air.
- Clothes and other objects for personal use.
- Books, magazines, or brochures.
- Other items with total value of US$500.00 or less
- An Additional US$500.00 in items from the Arrival Duty free shop in Brazil.
The limit of currency or financial instruments (Checks, travellers checks, stock certificates, etc.) you can bring into Brazil without declaring is R$10,000.00 (Approx. US$5,000.00). If you are bringing or taking back cash or financial instruments in excess of this limit, you must present an Electronic Declaration of Value Transport (DPV). You can fill out the form at www.receita.fazenda.gov.br/dpv . If you are filing a DPV you must go to the RED line for customs inspection.
There are other limitations for animal products, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, items that infringe copyright, weapons and replicas, insecticides and other items that are unlikely to apply to anyone reading this page.
Source : Secretaria da Fazenda/Receita Federal/Alfandega