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Brazil Simplifies Import Procedures for Goods Subject to Sanitary Oversight

As part of a strategy to increasingly focus its enforcement efforts on higher-risk products, the Brazilian National Health Agency (ANVISA) has simplified in various ways the procedures to import goods subject to sanitary oversight. Among other changes, the import licencing process has been simplified and importers will no longer be required to submit certain documentation that was only available after their shipments had arrived in Brazil, thereby lowering storage costs. Some of the requirements that have been eliminated include the linkage of tariff lines to specific procedures, a provision that required signature authentication and recognition, a provision that required import declarations to include certain data and registration information, the batch declaration requirement, and certain certification and analysis requirements for food imports.

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