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Brazil to Launch New Import Process in October

The Brazilian government has announced that implementation of the new import process within the single window for trade operations will begin in October. Based on the single import declaration (Duimp), the new process will involve a systemic, regulatory and procedural reformulation of the import process. Average import clearance times are expected to drop from 17 to 10 days after the new system is fully implemented, without negatively impacting security safeguards. The new process will be rolled out in stages, with the first phase limited to fully-dutiable maritime trade not requiring an import licence that is carried out by authorised economic operators.

The private sector played an important role in the development of the new import process through its participation in a public consultation effort held in September-November 2017. As part of that process, the government received and took into consideration more than 2,000 submissions from a broad range of stakeholders. Meanwhile, the export process within the single window for trade operations will become mandatory on 2 July, as previously scheduled.

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