Fruit import: 4 reasons for you to enjoy Brazilian production!

Fruit import: 4 reasons for you to enjoy Brazilian production!

The import of fruit from Brazil may be a relevant point for several countries that wish to diversify their production with quality and flavors typical of the region.

Some nations even purchase food to be used in the base of their products, such as fruit puree and snacks. This is an interesting way to add variety to the sector, offering a more comprehensive range of options for consumers.

With the progressive dissemination of information via the internet, for example, the images and characteristics of typical fruits spread more easily, sharpening the taste of many.

It is a fact that it is still a challenge to find logistics suppliers that perform the import with agility and security, however, the benefits are many for those who can overcome some barriers.

In this content you will have access to 4 reasons to take advantage of Brazilian production, adding advantages to your business. Continue reading and find out!

Fruit import: here are some good reasons to join from Brazil

When choosing a country that will serve as a food supplier for your venture, it is essential to have some criteria in mind. Undoubtedly, in this sense, it is necessary to be attentive to the quality and ease of cultivation, factors that directly interfere with the success of any corporation.

Thus, it is worth looking at the production of Brazilian fruits, which has both crucial points, drawing the attention mainly of European traders.

In the cultivation field, aspects such as agricultural potential, due to the native lands and climate, attract those who crave opportunities to increase their profits.

Thus, the Brazilian market has generated good results, with ample capacity to grow if it is better exploited. This can be positive for international trade and that is exactly what we will talk about next.

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1 Quality and variety of production

Unlike many countries, Brazil has a great diversity of unique fruits, typical of some states, such as Pernambuco and Bahia, two fruitful references.

One of the reasons for this scenario is due to the existence of crops scattered all over the place. After planting, high numbers of bananas, oranges, grapes, pineapples, apples and watermelons are usually obtained.

Other highlights in the production come from São Paulo, Bahia, Rio Grande do Sul and Minas Gerais. It is also worth mentioning the São Francisco Valley, which has irrigation technology and stands out in mango production and national table grape production.

Furthermore, the country has an advantage in the supply of tropical fruits because it has a temperate climate throughout much of the year, which is possible due to its territorial extension, geographical position and privileged soil.

2 Compliance with sanitary standards

In order to export from one country to another, it is necessary to comply with the sanitary and phytosanitary requirements of the importing country. The main requirements relate to measures to protect the health and life of humans and animals, preserve the integrity of plants and protect the territory.

In addition, one of the phytosanitary requirements relates to pest control, so it is important to choose a supplier that has valid certification in the sector, acting in accordance with the laws.

Indeed, there are efficient ways for producers to ensure compliance with the quality and safety of their fruits, through tools for monitoring, making it feasible to analyze if there is contamination, which is useful for both exporter and importer.

The truth is that with strict international standards, Brazil has been increasingly preparing to compete in the market and, obviously, this requires the certainty that no disease will enter through food.

3 Use of technologies

The other reason for the import of fruits to be attractive refers to the use of technology. This has become a demand of many farmers, who have invested in the modernization of the sector.

Thus, the aims is to increase production and obtain excellent harvests, which may occur through genetic improvement. The aid of technology can also serve to control the crop geographically in time and space, minimizing impacts on agricultural performance.

4 Competitive advantages

Finally, another reason to join the Brazilian production is due to the competitive advantages, after all, by adding more fruit options to the mix of products of your business, customers are satisfied.

So?

As we have seen in this article, the Brazilian market has the potential to expand from the cultivation and marketing of fruits through imports and exports.

This ends up being advantageous for countries at different levels, with respect to the increase in competitiveness that occurs through diversified products.

If you want to know how we can contribute to your fruit import, click below and request a freight quotation with us!

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Brazilian foreign trade scenario registers growth in 2021

Those who are following the current scenario of Brazilian foreign trade know that there are many business opportunities, especially for imports.

And we affirm this through our extensive experience in international logistics. After all, our team of specialists operates in markets in many countries. So, we can see that Brazil has excelled year by year.

We have created this content with those of you who want to carry out foreign trade operations with Brazilian businesses in mind.

Here we list everything you need to know to update yourself on this promising moment to import from Brazil.

Check out the most relevant market data, products, inputs and raw materials, and seize the opportunities of Brazilian foreign trade in 2021!

20 Brazilian products that boosted foreign trade in 2020

Brazilian foreign trade was already showing good results at the end of 2020. Even during the challenging scenario we are in, impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, good results were recorded for imports and exports.

In our blog, we have the tradition of listing the most exported products from Brazil for the year. In 2020, the list was led by:

Brazilian foreign trade scenario registers growth in 2021

Mainly through the movement of these products, Brazil recorded the following results:

  • USD 31.21 billion recorded with the flow of foreign trade in February 2021, with an 8.2% increase in the daily average, compared to the same month last year;
  • Exports grew 3.9% and totaled USD 16.18 billion;
  • On the import side, there was an increase of 13.4%, totaling USD 15.03 billion;
  • The trade balance recorded a surplus of USD 1.15 billion;
  • In addition, exports were driven by an increase in sales of 3.5% in the Manufacturing Industry and 13.8% in the Mining Industry;
  • And Brazilian commodities such as oil, sugar, coffee and meat recorded export records in 2020, in addition to a 13% growth in soybean exports.

Who is importing from Brazil and why?

Today, according to an analysis shared by Banco Santander, Brazil is among the 25 largest exporters and importers in the world. It is also the largest economy in Latin America, in addition to the ninth in the world list. This proves the economic potential to conduct good negotiations.

“While Brazilian exports were able to remain relatively stable due to the pandemic, driven mainly by a higher demand for agricultural products from Asian countries and the real devalued, the unprecedented drop in the volume of imports – with the main reduction observed in fuels and lubricants – was a result of the reduction in domestic demand amid the economic crisis caused by the pandemic,” notes Santander’s assessment.

It is important to consider that currently the main partners of Brazilian foreign trade are the markets of China, the United States, the Netherlands, Germany, Argentina, Japan, Mercosur and the European Union.

And the country continues to make changes to gain more competitiveness and space in foreign trade. One of the strategies adopted was to reduce documentary compliance time for export and import, as is also observed by Santander.

Brazilian foreign trade scenario registers growth in 2021

Agribusiness is still the sector of greatest interest in foreign trade for those importing from Brazil.

Import trends from Brazil in 2021

As can be concluded from the list we presented at the beginning of the content, agribusiness is still the sector of greatest interest to those who import from Brazil.

One of the most relevant commodities in the segment is soybean. Brazil is the second largest product in the world, registering an average productivity of 3,362 kg per hectare.

The importance of agribusiness is such that this is the main pillar of foreign trade between Brazil and China.

Proof of this was the statement of Chinese ambassador Yang Wanming released by The Rio Times, in which he reinforced the broad interest of Chinese companies to invest in technologies and infrastructure in this sector in Brazil so that the country continues to meet the demands of Asian imports.

In addition, there is a strong trend towards strengthening foreign trade in the energy sector. The Chinese are also very active in negotiations on wind and solar energy, as observed by the portal Dialogo Chino.

To top it off, imports focusing on the Brazilian beauty and hygiene industry have also stood out in recent months. The segment registered its first surplus in 10 years.

The result was a reflection of the high commercialization of toiletries, perfumes and cosmetics, and was driven by the devaluation of the real against the dollar, as published by Premium Beauty News.

We can help you import from Brazil with great efficiency!

Even amid the challenges and economic impacts generated by the pandemic, Brazilian foreign trade continues in growth.

And you can take advantage of this promising landscape in your business. Therefore, it is important to rely on a logistics partner that guarantees the confidence necessary for its import.

This is what our team has to offer for your operations! Our experts are on hand to help you conduct the best negotiations with Brazilians, as  we do in 186 countries where we operate.

And our complete solutions meet your import with agility, security and high performance. It is worth remembering that we are active members of the network of independent agents WCA, PPL, PCN and SFN.

So, request a freight quote without commitment and learn more about how our work can contribute to your import.

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Electronic Correction Letter CC-e: find out what it is and in which cases it can be used!

Electronic Correction Letter CC-e: find out what it is and in which cases it can be used!

As in any document, the completion of electronic invoices is subject to possible errors. It is to remedy these misunderstandings and ensure the smooth progress of trade relations that the Electronic Correction Letter exists!

Even with similar resources, such as the adjustment or supplementary tax invoice, the CC-e serves to correct specific fields more practically, in cases that do not compromise essential operations of the (NF-e electronic tax invoice) such as prices, taxes and quantities.

Extremely advantageous in situations of nonconformity, its use requires special attention, as the document counts aspects and limitations that must be observed in order for its validity to be assured.

Find out more about the Electronic Correction Letter concept, its applications, situations in which it can and cannot be used, as well as its main points of relevance below. Continue reading!

What is the Electronic Correction Letter?

The act of issuing electronic invoices sometimes requires certain less-common procedures to be performed.

Once authorized by SEFAZ, the NF-e cannot undergo any type of modification, as changes to its content invalidate the digital signature.

Where an irregularity is found after issue, it is possible to cancel the invoice, provided that the goods stated therein have not circulated.

Another possibility is to issue an additional invoice or adjustment according to each situation. The most appropriate feature, however, is that the errors are corrected in the fields in which they occurred.

For this specific correction to be made in an appropriate and authorized manner, we have the Electronic Correction Letter, known as the CC-e!

As the blog Infovarejo points out, the CC-e does not change the file of the NF-e issued, but functions as a supplementary document, able to textually clarify the corrections related to the invoice in question.

Basically, the Electronic Correction Letter acts like the traditional paper correction letters, but with adaptation to the current computerized invoice issuance system.

Without a defined standard, the text entered in the CC-e is free and can be up to 1000 characters long. Its description must be clear, objective and accurately point out the corrections that need to be considered.

What is it for?

The paper correction letter has no longer been used since 2012 as determined by  the  SINIEF Adjustment

Therefore, the issuance of the Electronic Correction Letter is mandatory for the resolution of any misunderstanding or irregularity present in an electronic invoice.

Its sole and main objective, therefore, is the eventual correction of information present in the NF-e.

The CC-e was regulated by means of a decree that has been valid throughout the Brazilian territory since 2011.

When using it, however, it is necessary to bear in mind that not all fields of an electronic invoice can be rectified. Check out the situations that can be corrected by the Electronic Correction Letter in the following item!

In which situations can it be used?

As mentioned earlier, not all data from an NF-e can be changed using the CC-e!

The information that can be reviewed in the Electronic Correction Letter, as highlighted by the blog Compliance, is as follows:

  • Description of the goods
  • Tax Code of Operation, provided that there are changes to the nature of the taxes
  • Business Name of the Recipient
  • Information on volume, weight, and packaging, provided that they do not change the invoiced quantity of the item
  • Omission or misrepresentation related to the Legal Basis of possible tax benefits
  • Tax Status Code, provided that there are changes to the tax values
  • Carrier details, such as address
  • Entering or changing additional NF-e information such as vendor name, carrier for reshipping, customer order etc.
  • Date of Issue or Departure, provided that there are no changes to the ICMS calculation period.

Now that you know what is the information that can be changed by CC-e, check the following item for the data in which the rectifications are denied.

When should it not be used?

The information in the NF-e that cannot be corrected using the CC-e, as addressed by the blog Conta Azul, are as follows: 

  • Changes in registration data that result in changes of the recipient or sender
  • Itemization of Taxes or other information that may change the Operation or Tax Calculation
  • Tax amounts corresponding to the value of taxes, such as tax rate, calculation basis, quantity, price difference, operation value etc.
  • Description of the goods capable of changing the tax rates.

With the concept, application, and possibilities of using the Electronic Correction Letter in mind, find out below all the points that must be considered for the CC-e to be issued correctly!

What must be considered for it to be done correctly?

First of all, it is necessary to know that the focus of the Electronic Correction Letter is only the correction of minor errors that do not compromise the primary operations of the NF-e, such as prices, taxes and quantities.

Therefore, its use should be avoided by focusing on the correct completion of the invoice. The CC-e is a last resort only.

If the perceived mistake refers to the tax legislation, usually the best solution is to issue a supplementary tax invoice. When the NF-e is still with the issuer, it is also possible to cancel the document and prepare a new one.

The issuance of the Electronic Correction Letter can be made within 30 days, or 720 hours, from the authorization of the use of the NF-e to be corrected.

The transmission of the CC-e can only be made for an authorized electronic tax invoice , as it is impossible to correct a canceled NF-e.

A tax invoice can have up to 20 correction letters, but the data is cumulative. This means that each CC-e issued must contain the corrections already pointed out in the previous documents.

The digital file of the correction letter must be made available, not only to the recipient, but also to all those interested in the operation, in the same way as the issuance of the tax invoice.

Did you already know about the concept and applications of the Electronic Correction Letter? If you have any questions about the matter, please contact us!

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What to expect from post-pandemic international logistics?

What to expect from post-pandemic international logistics?

2020 was a year of many changes around the world, and international logistics was no different. This is because the effects of the coronavirus pandemic reflected in the adoption of new strategies in many sectors.

Now, as science and health advance in the search for solutions to combat Covid-19, experts share their views on what we can expect for the post-pandemic scenario.

In international logistics, for example, much is said about the new market perspectives. They are influenced by behavioral and economic changes recorded around the world. In addition, it is observed how each modal has been impacted and how they will function after the containment of the disease.

Thinking about this, we list here the main observations and shared trends on the post-pandemic scenario. In this way, we hope to help you anticipate and maintain foreign trade operations with high efficiency and assertiveness.

So, keep reading and get the information that will help your business keep international logistics strategies ahead of the scenarios!

What has changed in international logistics due to the pandemic?

In December 2019, the first case of Covid-19 was recorded in Wuhan, China. This information was remembered by “Isto É Dinheiro” in a publication about the year after the first case and the evolution of the disease. Since then, the world has faced a “race against time” to contain contagion, and many countries are already facing the second wave.

In this sense, there have been lockdowns, restrictions on social activities and social isolation, among other strategies. They directly impact businesses in various sectors, including international logistics activities.

What were the main changes?

As discussed in a webinar in the Arab Chamber, shared by the Brazil-Arab News Agency, early on in the arrival of the coronavirus in Brazil, transport and ports adapted in an agile manner.

Participants observed, for example, that the crisis contributed to the acceleration of the use of digital tools in logistics. Even Radar Siscomex (Foreign Trade Systems) adopted digitization in favor of simplifying foreign trade operations, as we published here on the blog.

In addition, other strategies were adopted to supply countries. Ports and rail, road and air transport adapted their systems, for example.

In the webinar, the transport development coordinator of CNT (National Transport Confederation), Fernanda Rezende, recalled the container crisis, for example. They were detained in several ports due to the strict control of the disease. There was also a ban on the exchange of ships’ crews in maritime mode.

It is also worth remembering that the pandemic also affected air transport, since border closure and other traffic restrictions directly impacted the functioning of airports, including passenger transport.

As a result, many airlines used passenger aircraft to move essential international cargo.

Border closure and other traffic restrictions directly impacted airport functioning and international logistics.

Check out 3 trends in post-pandemic international logistics

Much has changed in international logistics operations due to the pandemic, and many more must change in the course of fighting the disease. However, you need to prepare now for when it is overcome. Be prepared to deal with this new scenario after the crisis.

Therefore, we list here the main information shared by industry experts, which aim to guide their activities and maintain competitiveness when all this passes.

After all, as noted in an article by Abracomex (Brazilian Association of Foreign Trade Consulting and Assistance), strategic planning offers possibilities for new partnerships and markets.

Therefore, managers’ choices for international logistics will be fundamental in stabilizing the economy in the post-pandemic scenario.

Increase in foreign trade activities

Still as shared by Abracomex, companies are expected to export more with resumption and stabilization in the post-pandemic.

The association considers that the devaluation of the real will compensate buyers, as the products will be at reduced costs. In this sense, it is important not only to maintain customer loyalty during the pandemic scenario, even with the fall in negotiations.

This is because, ahead, for the recovery of the economy, there may be acceleration of activities and intensification in various sectors.

Diversification of the production site and inputs

Many businesses have learned from the pandemic that they must diversify the places where they seek their inputs, giving greater value to solutions from nearby regions, for example, because this adds more speed and security.

This trend in the distribution and supply of raw materials will directly impact international logistics strategies, as noted in the content of the publication LogWeb, on the five trends in logistics catalyzed by the pandemic.

It is also noteworthy that the diversification of production sites should also occur to reduce dependence on a single country or supplier.

As a result, supply chains will be divided into smaller structures. However, they are more agile to better adapt to complex scenarios such as the pandemic. Thus, they will anticipate unpredictability like this.

More technologies in operations

Above, we said that the use of technologies in international logistics operations has been accelerated. And this trend should continue in the post-pandemic. In an article in “Supply Chain Magazine” on post-pandemic logistics, it is observed that digital tools will contribute to increase the efficiency of operations.

Therefore, automations through logistics technologies will reflect on delivery operations, warehouse management, among other activities. With this, it will be possible to have greater control in tracking assets, assets and capacity in real time.

Thus, investing today in technological solutions and partners that value the use of innovations in processes is a way to anticipate the trend and maintain high competitiveness.

That’s why DC Logistics Brasil works with technological solutions that reflect the efficient and differentiated international logistics that you can trust for your company.

Want to learn more about how our team is ready to adapt to your needs in various scenarios? Contact us and ask for your quote with no obligation!

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Fruit exports: check out some of the necessary documents!

Fruit exports: check out some of the necessary documents!

Fruit exports re a very profitable market for the national economy. To get an idea, according to the website Dinheiro Rural, in 2018 Brazil exported 877.5 thousand tons of fruits, both “in natura” and processed.

Even though this represents a share of only 0.9% of exports of the entire national agribusiness, the sector has been showing strength and growth year after year, attracting new investors.

Anyone who wants to start exporting fruit, however, needs to be aware of the documents required for the practice. Check out more figures about the sector and what these documents are! Continue reading!

Check out more figures about the fruit export market

In the year 2018, importing countries purchased more than 95 million tons of fruits, according to data presented on the website Abracomex. The number is extremely attractive.

This generated a movement of USD 135 billion for the sector, 4.9% higher than the previous year.

The International Trade Center, which provided the basis for the data of the matter, points out that 5 years ago this market was 18.5% lower, which shows constant growth.

Brazil also presents a great volume harvested of fruits, guaranteeing a margin for greater growth in exports. The country is behind only India and China. As an exporter, however, the issue is different.

Although the volume harvested is high, Brazil sells only 2% of its domestic production, which puts it in the 32nd position of the global market. In South America we are behind Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru.

Fruit export crops need to be better cultivated on national territory.

We have every reason to lead this market, but we need to get started. One of the most viable routes is the European Union, which accounts for the largest share of Brazilian exports.

In 2018, 630 thousand tons of Brazilian fruits went to the countries of the European Union, representing 72% of sales, according to Abrafrutas.

With approximately 740 million inhabitants, Europe is a large market, although the scenario is also changing and presenting new potential trading partners. One of them is China.

What is China’s relevance in this market?

What is China's relevance in this market?

There are many trade negotiations between Brazil and China starting, which increases the expectation for all sectors, including fruit. This is true for both exports and imports.

The Brazilian Northeast has the advantage, as it is a region benefiting from melon farming, produced in states such as Rio Grande do Norte and Ceará, a delicacy that is highly sought after internationally.

Through the decision to increase trade with the Asian country, Brazil recently signed nine protocols with the Chinese government.

These include one document that involves importing pears into Brazil and exporting melon to the Chinese territory.

Chinese trade is highly disputed and has always been targeted by exporters. After all, it is the most populous country in the world and already consumes a lot of fruit from neighboring regions. This new agreement will strengthen and diversify the sector.

See what key documents are needed to export fruit

We already know that the international market is opening up to us and that Brazil can export even more. Given this, it is very important to understand what documentation is required when exporting fruit out of the country.

It is worth noting that the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply (MAP) does not act on the classification and certification of plant products intended for export. The only exception to this is when the requirement of the importing country arises.

In the latter case, the General Coordination of Plant Quality (CGQV) of the Department of Products of Plant Origin (DIPOV) monitors and promotes activities aimed at hygienic-sanitary and technological inspection and inspection.

This is true for any in natura, processed, industrialized plant product and its derivatives, including olive oils, fruits, cereals, and others. These measures are important to ensure the quality and safety of products leaving Brazil.

Regarding the documents, we will list those most important for fruit exports. Check it out:

See what key documents are needed to export fruit

Registration with Decex (Department of Foreign Trade, MIDC)

Without Decex registration, nothing can be done. The purpose of the company must be included in the articles of association, only then to register with the agency through Banco do Brasil.

From there, it is also necessary to register with SISCOMEX ( Foreign Trade System ).

Commercial invoice

Another essential document is  the  Commercial Invoice, which serves as the basis for  customs clearance  abroad. It is very important that the document does not contain errors, erasures or amendments and can therefore be invalidated.

In the absence of an official model, the form must be completed mainly following the requirements declared by the importing country.

As we have seen before, depending on the country, there are specific inspection requirements, so it is important to remain attentive!

Packing List

In this document, it is necessary to describe all goods shipped or, depending on the product, all components of that same goods in their quantity of fractional parts.

This serves to identify and locate the item within a batch more easily. It also allows an easier conference at the time of inspection, upon loading and also during unloading.

In the case of fruit, it is good to specify the type of packaging, whether boxes, pallets, etc. Also included here are net weight, gross weight, unit dimensions and total volume.

Certificate of origin

This request is very common among importers from MERCOSUR, the Latin American Integration Association (LAIA) and other countries that bring this requirement into their legislation.

If everything is within the requirements, the Certificate of Origin will receive a visa from federations, associations and chambers of commerce or government departments.

Certificate of weight, quality, and conformity

Some countries require that imported goods be inspected by specialized organizations even before shipment. This mainly applies to products of plant origin but is not restricted to them alone.

Certificates issued after inspection are basic documents for the release of these materials in the countries of destination.

Phytosanitary Certificate

The Phytosanitary Certificate can be considered one of the most relevant among all documents. It is requested in cases of export of plants, fruits, and foods in general. Therefore, it is good to always have you at the top of your documentation list.

Export registration

Without export registration, you will not be allowed to export the product.

The document is obtained electronically through SISCOMEX, and the importer must be connected to the Federal Revenue Service via Serpro, or even hire the services of a customs broker.

So?

We have talked about some data from this market, what has happened in relation to China, and also presented the main documents that you need to have on hand to export fruits without major complications.

We know that acquiring and gathering all these documents can take some time that you may not have, so the best thing is that you rely on the help of a  logistics operator to provide even more agility and effectiveness in relation to the documentation.

If you have any questions about the matter or are interested in knowing how we can help you export fruit with quality and efficiency from the origin to the destination of the cargo, click and request a quotation with no commitment!

Maritime import: understanding damage and dirt in the container!

Maritime import: understanding damage and dirt in the container!

In the field of maritime imports, care for cargo and the transport process is fundamental. Often, for certain reasons, damage can occur, which compromises the integrity of the cargo and service.

According to maritime law, damage is defined by any harm caused to the cargo or the ship during the journey, that is, between loading and unloading.

According to Law No. 6,288, in case of signs of damage or any violation, the Lack of Damage Statement (TFA) and the Notice of Receipt of Cargo are the documents containing the main information on the status of the container and cargo.

However, these documents do not have a category standard when it comes to damage. For these and other reasons, it is important that you know exactly what is characterized as damage and also how to avoid this type of problem. Continue reading and learn more!

What is damage in maritime import and what are its categories?

Damage present in maritime imports can be divided into two main categories.

Gross or common damage

When cargo suffers accidents or goes through situations that endanger the ship and crew, it may end up suffering profound damage. In such cases, the cargo will also suffer damage.

For example, if cargo becomes wet with seawater in an attempt to extinguish a fire or explosive charges need to be thrown overboard, the expenses will be borne by all involved and benefited.

Therefore, the carrier must bear the losses, as the damage was voluntary and caused by the need for survival or physical maintenance of the crew and the vessel itself.

When a case of gross damage is declared, each owner of the cargo is charged, usually from 2% to 7% of the sum of the cost of the goods and freight.

These extraordinary expenses are covered by international transportation insurance, in accordance  with the York-Antwerp Rules, created in order to standardize transport contracts and the resolutions of problems generated by the gross damage.

It is essential, therefore, that the importer never carries out an import without contracting an international transport insurance policy.

Simple or specific damage

In this case, the malfunction is caused by situations where human action was not the cause of the damage. Storms, high winds, and damage caused by the crew (without theft) are some of the most common scenarios of this event.

So-called simple damage refers exclusively to damage to the cargo, not to the crew or ship. In the case of a simple breakdown, compensation for the damage shall be borne by the owner of the cargo or the insurer responsible.

What is the letter of protest and what is its importance?

In the event of damage during the maritime import process, there are certain duties to be performed by the insured party to make sure that their rights will be intact.

After the issuance of the TFA, depending on the situation, inspections and sending a letter of protest may be required by the insurers.

When the damage is located, it is essential that the sender writes a letter of protest. This document will have the role of informing the carrier that the cargo has not arrived as agreed and that legal measures should be taken.

The letter of protest must be sent within 10 days of receipt of the order.

Another detail of this document is that there is no protocol for its submission. Therefore, it can be sent by email, mail and even on the border of the order receipt document itself.

The data to be included in the letter are consignee/importer data,  commercial invoice data and other general shipping information.

In accordance with article 754 of the Civil Code, the letter of protest is a vital document to establish the process after damage.

In addition to sending the letter, it is necessary to inform the insurers of the damage immediately, so that they contact commissioners and analysts to verify the problem.

How to avoid damage and dirt in the cargo?

It is interesting to know how to avoid a scenario of damage or dirt that will compromise the integrity of the container and its cargo. Therefore, we are presenting some basic information to help with cleaning and protection when transporting cargo in containers.

Container cleaning

Container cleaning

Generally focused on NOR Containers, cleaning, deodorization and decontamination is required for use in food shipments, chemicals etc.

One suggestion is to sweep the container inside with a brush suitable for removing waste, dust, earth, sand etc. It is important not to leave any liquid on the surface of the container, so that it does not cause oxidation or rust.

Precautions with the flooring

It is important to avoid oil stains or nails on the floor, which are typically used to secure the cargo to the container.

These objects are potentially hazardous, can cause damage to future loads that will be allocated in space and need to be removed prior to return.

Rubber seals

The seals end up wearing out over time, so it is important to be careful to observe them when making any movement of the container and request the necessary replacements whenever necessary.

In addition, it is essential to pay extra attention when there is stuffing to avoid contact and damage to the rubber.

Rust

Containers end up wearing out over time and with contact with liquids.

Rust is a natural process in this environment, which must be avoided through basic care and properly reported by importers when present in the equipment.

Therefore, it is very important to make reservations in the documents when collecting the container. This is to avoid problems in the return.

Crushing, cuts, holes, scratches etc.

Generally caused by the use of forklifts, these are necessary points to be included in the previous inspection when using the container. You should be extra careful when it comes to the NOR Container.

It is essential to note that if the container is returned with any damage not found in the document or contract, a repair and/or cleaning fee will be charged for the equipment.

So?

We have talked about what kind of damage exists, what the letter of protest is, and we also indicate some tips to avoid damage and dirt in the container.

Remember that containers are collected at the port of origin in good condition for use and must be returned under the same conditions at the port of destination. The document attesting the conditions that containers are made available and delivered is called EIR (Equipment Interchange Receipt).

It is the responsibility (and right) of the exporter to inspect the container and make reservations in the EIR upon collection, and may even refuse them, avoiding problems in the return of the container at the port of destination by the importer. These responsibilities are provided for in the clauses on the back of the bills of lading (BL).

By relying on a qualified logistics operator, it will not only analyze the best container option to carry out its import, but will also act effectively in the event of damage.

If you have any questions about the matter, please contact us! If you want to carry out a maritime import with attention to all the most relevant points, click and request a freight quotation now!

Understanding the CE Mercante and how it works!

Understanding the CE Mercante and how it works!

The CE Mercante (Merchant CE) is nothing more than a method of tax control for maritime operations, which consists of a bill of lading informed electronically to customs authorities.

Made through digital certification of the issuer, this is a process that aims to lessen bureaucracy, cheapen, facilitate, and accelerate the collection control, which previously depended on confused and unclear forms.

Find out more about the CE Mercante concept, those responsible for its data, its main purposes, deadlines for its registrations, fines provided for in cases of noncompliance and means of consultation below! Continue reading!

What is CE Mercante?

Created through Ordinance No. 328/2001 of the Ministry of Transport, the CE Mercante is a number generated through the Electronic System of Collection Control of the Additional Freight for Renewal of the Merchant Navy (AFRMM).

Its main purpose is to determine the criteria and establish standards for the procedures for making waterway transport data available.

CE stands for Electronic Bill of Lading and serves to replace the old method, which was previously done through physical forms and with unclear controls.

According to Decree 5.543/05, art. 2, the CE Mercante characterizes as an “electronic system of collection control of the Additional Freight for Renewal of the Merchant Navy – AFRMM”. ”

In the next item, check out who is responsible for including the data in this important system.

Who is responsible for the inclusion of the data?

Representatives of shipping companies and agencies are the holders of the information included in the Master bills of lading and responsible for including the ship’s manifest and stopovers.

Therefore, they need to transmit electronically through the CE Mercante, all data present in each process, generating the Master CE number.

Electronic deconsolidation of the Master bills must be done by the  freight forwarder, who must also inform the houses bill of lading in the CE Mercante.

As highlighted by the Fazcomex , the Mercante System has been integrated with the waterway cargo control module of the Integrated Foreign Trade System (Siscomex), called Siscomex Carga, since 2008. 

What is the purpose of using the system?

The CE Mercante aims to make the processing of information from maritime cargo transport operations systematized and less bureaucratic.

It also serves to integrate the different institutional information management systems of foreign trade of the Federal Government, especially SISCOMEX systems, with emphasis on Siscomex CARGA.

Another important purpose of CE Mercante is to automate the AFRMM collection process and improve the performance of the Regional Units through automatic control methods.

In addition to improving control and government actions, de-bureaucratization benefits agents, reducing operating costs related to cargo release procedures and methods in ports.

Lastly, CE Mercante also provides a complete management of the procedures for granting the most diverse tax benefits that are provided for by current legislation.

What are the deadlines for its use?

The company responsible for navigation must transmit the data of its Master bill of lading within 48 hours prior to the arrival of the vessel at the first national port of call.

The freight forwarder needs to deconsolidate the Master bill of lading up to 48 hours before its process arrives at the final port of unloading.

There are exceptional routes, especially in foreign ports near to Brazilian territory, such as Uruguay, Argentina, and Panama, for example.

In these situations, the deadline may vary according to the vessel and its origin, with an average of 12 hours to 24 hours before arrival. The record, which can be consulted by the transporters, is done on Siscomex Carga by Coana.

If any information is not provided within the deadlines foreseen, a fine is generated automatically, according to the formalization of the infraction in the tax process.

Cases of “bill corrections” are not configured as infractions, so the fine is not applied. They are provided for in art. 44 of Decree No. 4543 of 2002 of the Customs Regulations, which states:

“For tax purposes, any correction to the bill of lading shall be made by means of a letter of correction addressed by the issuer of the bill of lading to the customs authority of the place of unloading which, if accepted, shall result in correction of the manifest.”

What fine is imposed in case of noncompliance with the deadline?

If the deadlines mentioned in the previous item are not respected, a fine of BRL 5,000.00 is applied for each process not entered in time.

The penalty may be applied within 5 years of release or with correction outside the information period.

How can a CE Mercante be consulted?

In order to perform a cargo item consultation in the CE Mercante, it is first necessary to access the website of the Collection Control System of the Additional Freight for Renewal of the Merchant Navy – AFRMM.

With the Mercante System open, proceed to the “Bill Tab”, then “Bill/BL/BL-House”, then “Consult” and finally “Cargo Item”.

Once this is done, simply enter the input parameters, such as the cargo item or the CE Mercante number.

To consult all items of the electronic bill of lading, simply follow all the steps described, but after the “Consult” tab, the “All Items” option must be selected.

The input parameter in this case is simply the CE Mercante number.

On the website of  the Federal Revenue Service , there is a complete description of the operations that can be carried out in the system. Simply follow the steps indicated to perform any consultation!

Did you already know about the concept and peculiarities of CE Mercante? If you have any questions about the matter, please contact us and learn how we can assist you in this matter!

7 tips to avoid delays in the clearance of goods!

7 tips to avoid delays in the clearance of goods!

In foreign trade operations, it is essential to have full logistical knowledge about the procedures, in addition to the laws and standards that govern the sector to avoid problems in the clearance of goods.

Without proper efficiency in management processes, all planning can be compromised, imports can suffer from delays and worse, unnecessary costs can be generated!

So that your company is not hit with this type of problem, check out the 7 main ways to avoid errors in the clearance of goods. Continue reading!

What are the best ways to avoid delays in the clearance of goods?

Ensuring the proper management of the import processes is essential to ensure the expected income, both financial and operational.

From a legal point of view, it is necessary to make sure that all laws and regulations in force are respected, to avoid fines and penalties with the Federal Revenue Service and consenting bodies.

Regarding the operational segment, it is necessary to have agility and organization in relation to the control of documents and stages of negotiation!

With these precautions in mind, check out the 7 main ways to avoid problems in the clearance of goods:

1 Classify items accurately

It is through the  Mercosur Common Nomenclature  (NCM) that taxes and possible contingencies on certain goods are calculated and applied, respecting administrative rules and international agreements.

Because of this, it is essential that all goods are properly classified with the corresponding NCM, since this can directly affect the good progress of the entire  import process.

It is the NCM that facilitates access to information related to items by all tax agents involved, as the code classifies each product based on its characteristics and its market nature.

Any imported product must receive the code and, if its classification is wrong, all cargo will be stopped at customs and will receive fines capable of compromising all final logistics costs.

2 Fill out the Import Declaration correctly

If the Import Declaration is not completed correctly, the import will also suffer from rectifications capable of generating significant delays in the release of the goods and, consequently, for the entire logistics process.

Among the main details that need to be included in the DI, pay special attention to the correct Incoterm , number of the presence of cargo, Commercial Invoice with the exporter’s signature, in addition to the corresponding gross weight in the DI and bill of lading.

In addition, expenditure not included in the bill of lading should be entered. The description of the goods in the Import Declaration must be compatible with the LI and the Commercial Invoice.

If the imported product is machinery, the model and serial number of the item must be included. In addition, if there is the collection of any fine, it must be included in the additional data of the DI.

3 Ensure effective compliance

In the area of​ ​foreign trade, compliance is a term that refers to due verification and attention related to standards and legislation valid for all import and export processes intended.

Maintaining effective compliance means checking at each stage whether the goods are authorized by the competent agencies, if the required documentation is up to date, if the necessary seals have been applied, if the sanitary requirements are met etc.

Each type of product, as well as each country of origin, has different authorization standards, so it is necessary that the control of the steps is thorough, so that no documentation is missing or misrepresented.

When practicing compliance efficiently, the cargo will never return to its origin or be stopped due to documentary problems, which may result in serious losses.

4 Monitor Siscomex

Always keep the Siscomex system installed in your company, even if you are not responsible for directly carrying out the import process.

Using this resource, it is possible to monitor the performance of its logistics representative and compliance with the deadlines, avoiding delays with the possibility of intervening if any nonconformity is detected.

5 Maintain a good management system

By managing import processes through computerized systems specific to this purpose, it is possible to ensure more effective communication between those involved, more productivity and better compliance!

The possibility of monitoring all processes involving importation makes the steps safer and managers have a more accurate and global view of the international negotiations carried out.

Without a good management system, communication failures can occur, less control of import deadlines, as well as problems in the planning and execution of logistics services.

Even when the import is outsourced, it is important that this type of monitoring is done by the business managers. Therefore, it is important to require that the contracted company has software for this purpose.

6 Perform physical verification of the imported items

Even if a good management system is able to align all import demands, it is still imperative that managers perform the physical verification of loads to ensure that there is no problem.

Monitoring the conference of items in the customs area is fundamental to ensure that the negotiation has been carried out within the desired parameters, to remedy occasionally any discrepancies and prevent the cargo from returning to destination.

7 Hire a good freight forwarder

Companies wishing to operate with imports in Brazil need to bear in mind that all bureaucracy, regulations, and standards that involve this type of process are extremely complex and have details that can go unnoticed.

More than facilitating logistics, companies that hire a good  freight  forwarder add more security, as the expertise of this type of professional ensures that no legal or operational issues are overlooked.

It is this type of professional that regularizes the clearance of the goods, fits them in their due regimes and classifications and communicates the information required by the competent agencies.

A good logistics operator knows the peculiarities of each item and its market of origin, speeding up the procedures necessary for import, predicting possible problems and anticipating their respective solutions.

Through the freight forwarder, the whole process becomes more agile, calm, and safe, making the items reach their destination without extra costs and in the shortest time possible!

Do you take these precautions in your logistics to carry out the clearance of the goods?

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Air transport of batteries: check out some of the rules and important issues!

Air transport of batteries: check out some of the rules and important issues!

The transport of lithium batteries underwent changes in its legislation in 2016, as this material presents several risks due to its composition.

Considered a dangerous article by ANAC, lithium batteries can cause situations such as explosion, emission of toxic smoke and flammable gases, among others.

Thinking about the importance of understanding the specifications of this product, we have brought in this content the main characteristics of these batteries and what are the risks during transport, in addition to presenting the different types of lithium batteries and their respective rules for air transport.

Therefore, if you deal with the logistics of products that use lithium batteries, continue reading and understand more about the legislation of this material!

Why is the transport of lithium batteries considered dangerous?

According to the publication  of the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC), a dangerous article is an object or substance that, when transported by air, presents a risk to health, safety, property and the environment and that is included in the List of Dangerous Articles of the Technical Instructions, or that is classified according to the Technical Instructions. 

As the air mode presents more sensitive conditions, the Technical Instructions define the ideal conditions to maintain safety in the transport of dangerous goods.

It is important to note that the Technical Instructions include the Dangerous Goods List, where more than three thousand articles are specified. These include objects or substances most likely to explode, produce flames, toxic and corrosive vapors, among other factors.

Thus, lithium batteries are configured as dangerous articles, presenting several risks during transport.

Even though lithium is the lightest material among those used in batteries, it has a high electrochemical potential, in addition to the highest energy density by weight. During air transport of lithium batteries, the thermal disruption process may occur, which occurs in a single battery, but begins propagation, affecting other batteries in the same cargo compartment environment.

According to ANAC, “a damaged, short-circuited, heated or defective lithium-ion battery may spontaneously initiate an internal reaction that increases the temperature, that is, an exothermic reaction occurs. This reaction generates flammable gases that can generate an explosive environment. In this way, the battery goes into combustion, as it produces its own fuel and oxidizer”.

According to an article published by Conexão Sipaer, the risks associated with air transport of lithium batteries include:

  • Smoke in the cabin: this occurs when the aircraft ventilation system is not sufficient to dissipate smoke from uncontrolled fire in the cargo
  • Explosion: if the batteries overheat, it is possible that a sufficient amount of gases is released to cause an explosion
  • Electrolyte emission: these are elements with high calorific value, which may cause sparks and flames in nearby materials
  • Superheated vapors: when overheated, batteries also form vapors, running the risk of reaching vital systems of the aircraft, in addition to contributing to the spread of fire
  • Flammable gases: the emission of these elements also contributes to the spread of fire
  • Toxic smoke: toxic smoke comes from overheating the batteries, which is flammable and dangerous to health.

Learn about the types of lithium batteries

Learn about the types of lithium batteries

In the List of Dangerous Goods cited by ANAC differentiates the types of lithium batteries that exist. Below are the characteristics of each one:

UN 3090 – Lithium metal batteries 

UN 3090 represents lithium metal batteries that are transported individually without the equipment. Lithium metal is present in non-rechargeable batteries and cells, which should be discarded after use.

These batteries are prohibited from being carried on passenger aircraft. Their transport should take place only on cargo aircraft.

UN 3091 – Lithium metal batteries transported inside the equipment or packed with the equipment

This code represents two ways of transporting the lithium metal battery: installed in the equipment and packaged with the equipment, that is, when it is not installed.

In this classification, batteries can be carried on passenger aircraft and exclusive of cargo, as long as they are in accordance with the packaging instructions.

UN 3480 – Lithium ion batteries

Lithium-ion batteries are transported individually without being installed in the equipment. Lithium ion makes up batteries or cells that are rechargeable.

This type of battery is prohibited from being carried on passenger aircraft and allowed only on cargo aircraft.

UN 3481 – Lithium ion batteries transported inside the equipment or packed with the equipment

Like UN 3091, this code also covers two ways of transporting the battery. UN 3481 batteries can be carried on both passenger and cargo aircraft.

Rules for air transport of batteries

Since 2016, the transport of lithium-ion batteries on passenger aircraft throughout the national territory has been prohibited, as determined by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). In addition, restrictions have also been created for the transport of these batteries on cargo aircraft.

The objective of the resolution was to reduce the safety risks presented by the type of material used in batteries. To do so, several tests and studies were carried out confirming the risks described.

According to news published by the ANAC portal , the restrictions for the isolated transport of lithium batteries on cargo aircraft are:

  • Determination of a maximum charging state limit of 30% for lithium-ion batteries
  • Limit of only one volume per shipment, prepared as per Section II of Packaging Instructions 965 and 968 for lithium-ion and lithium-metal batteries, respectively
  • Lithium ion and metal lithium batteries prepared in accordance with Section II of Packaging Instructions 965 and 968, respectively, shall be offered for separate transportation of other charges and may not be charged in a unitized charging device (ULD) prior to being offered to the air operator for transportation
  • Limit of only one volume containing lithium-ion and lithium-metal batteries, prepared as per Section II of Packaging Instructions 965 and 968, respectively, within the same overpack.

So?

You have seen in this content that lithium batteries are considered dangerous articles during air transport and can cause several problems such as explosions and emissions of fumes and toxic gases, putting passengers at risk.

Therefore, in 2016, the transport of lithium batteries on passenger aircraft was prohibited. Since then, this material can be transported only on aircraft exclusive for cargo.

We also present the different classifications of lithium batteries, as well as the rules and restrictions for their transport in air transport.

We hope that in this way the main issues relating to the subject have been clarified! In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

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