Shipping to Brazil from the US
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Brazil is the largest country in South America in terms of both area and population. With over 200 million people and a growing ecommerce industry, Brazil has a great market to help expand your ecommerce business. With a fast-growing middle class that continues to spend more money on online purchases every year, you will see increasing opportunities if marketing your products to Brazilian customers.
But how do you prepare your ecommerce company for shipping to Brazil? With more rules and regulations in place than many other countries, shipping to Brazil from the US can be time-consuming, error-prone, and costly — especially if you run a small or mid-sized ecommerce business.
In this guide to shipping from the US to Brazil, you’ll learn about the delivery options, rules and regulations, estimated delivery dates, and various services that can help you expand your ecommerce business in Brazil and start selling internationally.
4 popular carriers who ship to Brazil
There are many carriers that can ship to Brazil from the US. We recommend working with USPS, UPS, FedEx and DHL because they’re reliable and can get your packages to Brazil within a matter of days. They have partnerships with many companies which can help reduce shipping costs. Below we break down the price and transit times for these four carriers when shipping a package to Brazil.
The rates below are calculated for a 2kg package in January 2020. Prices are subject to change.
Note: These are general options for consumers shipping orders. To know what ShipBob offers when shipping to other countries like Brazil, please request a quote here.
ShipBob’s exact rates for customers will vary as we charge an all-in ‘total fulfilment cost’ that includes picking, packing, and shipping, among other factors.
|USPS||Priority Mail Express International||~$47||3-5 business days|
|USPS||Priority Mail International||~$33||6-10 business days|
|USPS||First-Class International Service||~$15||11-20 business days|
|UPS||Worldwide Expedited||~$69||2-5 business days|
|UPS||Worldwide Saver||~$54||6-10 business days|
|FedEx||International Priority||~$71||3-5 business days|
|FedEx||International Economy||~$55||6-10 business days|
|DHL||International Express||~$63||3-6 business days|
USPS is a great option if your customers don’t expect quick delivery times and it saves you money when compared to the other major carriers. Unlike the other carriers, you will only have to pay a flat rate depending on the USPS mail type and package weight. Package dropoff is convenient because you can drop off packages at your mailbox or visit a local post office.
One major drawback to using USPS for Brazilian shipping is that the packages are transferred to Correios (the national Brazilian mailing service) once they arrive in Brazil. This means the tracking number provided by USPS will no longer work and you must wait for a new tracking number. This can also add on a few extra delivery days due to customs clearance.
- Priority Mail Express International
- Priority Mail International
- First-Class International Service
Read more: USPS Brazil Country Conditions
When you should ship with USPS
- You want the lowest cost
- Having the quickest delivery time isn’t a high priority
UPS is a good option for shipping to Brazil because they can get your packages delivered within 2 to 5 business days depending on the service. They have a large logistics network in Brazil, so they can pick up your packages from your warehouse in the US and deliver them to Brazilian customers within a few days. With their guaranteed delivery times, you can rest easy knowing your packages will arrive on time.
Unlike USPS, packages are tracked from pickup to delivery through the UPS tracking system. You don’t have to worry about any packages being transferred to Correios.
UPS can be one of the more expensive options if you’re sending packages that are over 10 pounds.
- Worldwide Expedited
- Worldwide Saver
When you should ship with UPS
- You want package tracking
- You want quicker delivery and are willing to pay a higher price than USPS
FedEx is another great option for Brazilian shipping. They can pick up packages in the US and deliver them to Brazil within a few days.
Because of their heavy competition with UPS, the shipping prices are pretty competitive, which means more money saved for your ecommerce business. They also provide electronic trade documents which can help streamline the documentation process for international shipping.
FedEx can get pricey if you’re shipping heavy items (over 10 pounds). If your customers don’t expect quick deliveries, USPS could be a more cost-effective option for you.
- International Priority
- International Economy
When you should ship with FedEx
- You want tracking
- You want quicker delivery
DHL is the leading carrier for international shipments and a good option for shipping to Brazil. Their rates are slightly cheaper than UPS or FedEx while offering the same delivery timeframes. If you want to ship to Brazil, consider DHL as one of your first options when checking shipping prices.
Depending on what you’re shipping, there might be some extra fees, so keep that in mind when considering DHL.
When you should ship with DHL
- You want tracking
- You want more affordable shipping
- You want quicker delivery
The biggest shipping hubs of Brazil
Brazil is geographically a large country. There are many shipping hubs with Rio De Janeiro and São Paulo being the two main shipping hubs. With lots of area to cover and jungles throughout the country, your shipments will most likely go through the following cities to make transit times easier for Brazil:
- Rio De Janeiro
- São Paulo
Common tariffs and import taxes
Compared to other countries in South America, tariffs and import duties can be a little higher than you may be accustomed to paying. While Brazil has reduced its taxes over the past few years, the cost of exporting could be unprofitable depending on what you’re shipping.
Import duty fees
These fees can be anywhere from 10% to 35%.
IPI (Industrialized Product Tax)
The IPI tax can range anywhere from 0% to 15%, though it is a rarity for ecommerce businesses. Unless you’re shipping heavy manufacturing items, you likely won’t deal with this tax.
Unusual prohibited items
Like many countries, there are restrictions on what you can send to Brazil. The following items are not permitted in Brazil (among others):
- Playing cards
- Gambling items
- Animal skins
- Computer software
Shipping to faraway cities in Brazil
While Brazil is a country with a growing delivery infrastructure, there are many jungles in the country. Depending on carrier service times and the location of customers, it may take multiple weeks to ship to small villages or towns that are outside the big cities in Brazil.
Ship to Brazil with confidence — partner with a 3PL
Does shipping to Brazil sound complicated because of customs, rules and regulations? Good news! There’s a way to make shipping to Brazil easier, and that’s by working with a 3PL. How does a 3PL make shipping to Brazil easy?
3PLs like ShipBob are used by growing ecommerce businesses to expand their shipping services into Brazil. With a 3PL, they store your ecommerce inventory, fulfil your orders, offer shipping discounts through carrier partnerships, provide easier support for customs forms and taxes, and connect you with other international partners.
Using a 3PL for fulfilment and shipping orders to Brazil, you won’t have to worry about picking and packing orders, warehouse management, labour, dealing with customs and more. Your 3PL handles all of that for you, so you can focus on other areas of your business.
Here’s why you should let ShipBob handle your shipping to Brazil:
Outsource shipping to Brazilian customers
Learning the customs rules for shipping to Brazil takes a lot of time and resources. It can be complicated and a few simple mistakes could lead to many orders having delivery issues, which will cost you money and decreased customer satisfaction.
ShipBob provides great and discounted shipping services for shipping to Brazil. We ship orders out from the US to locations in Brazil, all while providing order updates and tracking numbers. You can track every order from the ShipBob dashboard — without having to do any of the work yourself.
Save time and money
By partnering with ShipBob, you don’t need to manage warehouses, logistics operations, or hire and train labour. Working with ShipBob turns logistics and warehousing into a revenue driver because you can increase sales and offer the shipping options, transit times, and delivery speeds that customers want. Want to offer Amazon-like delivery times? ShipBob makes it happen.
Work with shipping and fulfilment experts
International ecommerce can be complicated for Brazil. Becoming a certified expert in every aspect of warehousing and logistics and hiring the right team can take a lot of time and resources.
That’s why companies partner with ShipBob. We’re staffed by logistics professionals who are knowledgeable and up-to-date with the latest industry trends and complexities — so you can leave it to us. By working with ShipBob as your logistics team, you get years of experience with a team that knows how to ship your packages to Brazil.
Shipping to Brazil from the US doesn’t have to be complicated. Working with a 3PL can make the process significantly easier. At ShipBob, we’ve helped many ecommerce businesses expand their business into Brazil to help grow their businesses.
If you want to learn more about how ShipBob can help with shipping your orders to Brazil, fill out the form below to learn more about how ecommerce merchants are partnering with ShipBob to expand their business into Brazil.
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