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Brazilian Decree Implementing Convention Abolishing Legalisation of Foreign Public Documents Enters into Force

The Brazilian government has announced that Decree 8660/2016 implementing the provisions of the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement of Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents, commonly known as the Apostille Convention, entered into force on 14 August. The Convention simplifies the process for recognition of public documents in other countries, thus eliminating the need for diplomatic or consular legalisation.

As of 14 August, the need for consular legalisation, which often imposed significant administrative burdens on trade operators, has been replaced with the issuance of a “Hague Apostille” that must be attached to the public document by the competent authorities of the country in which it was issued. Brazil’s adherence to the Apostille Convention is expected to simplify the issuance and recognition of documents and, as a result, positively impact international trade in goods and services.

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