Customs clearance – admission of filming equipment in Brazil.


When coming to Brazil to film we recommend that you bring all your gear as accompanied baggage with you in the same flight and declare them to the Customs (Receita Federal) as temporary admission of equipment for temporary activity of a professional with no permanent resident status or you can also use the ATA Carnet. In both cases you need to go to the “Goods to declare” line and partner with a Brazilian production company to get the ANCINE Permit.

Customs clearance is done at the port of entrance, requiring a declaration (Termo de Responsabilidade) signed by the traveler (complete identification must be provided: full name, passport number, address, profession and travel itinerary in Brazil), by which he/she will take responsibility for removing the goods from Brazil, once he/she leaves the country.

An itemized list of the goods (complete description, including as applicable, motor number, make, year, model, serial number and manufacturer; quantity; value for customs purposes in US$ dollars) is required when applying for the temporary admission regime.

Brazilian Customs (Receita Federal) informs that when applying for the Temporary Admission Regime it is recommended that the foreign company contact the Brazilian hosting company or institution in order to send all the necessary information as stated above including the date of arrival, carrier name and flight number. The Brazilian hosting company should then contact the Brazilian Custom Sector at the Port or Airport of arrival in order to expedite in advance the Customs Procedures before the arrival of the merchandise or equipment. The same procedure should also be taken by participants of fairs, exhibitions and expeditions.

Receita Federal also asks that when the goods imported as Temporary Admission items arrive in Brazil as part of the traveler’s baggage, it is recommended that the traveler have on his/her possession a letter stating his/her position in the company, the purpose of the visit and a pro-forma invoice of the merchandise or equipment.

It is very important that when leaving the Brazilian territory, the goods entered as a Temporary Admission items should, before checking-in, be presented to the Brazilian customs office located at the port of departure in order to register this fact in the RFB’S control system

* these regulations do not apply to Unaccompanied luggage so make sure you do not ship them if you want this type of clearance.

In any case when you come to Brazil to film you must hire a Brazilian production company registered that ANCINE to be the host company during the shootings. When you hire our company we will be responsible for ensuring compliance to the legislation and for providing assistance for customs clearance of equipment as well as other forms of assistance.

Find out more about Filming in Brazil, Permits and Visas in our site. is part of 10e20 Filmes, an established production company in Brazil with office in São Paulo.

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Learn more about:
Fixer in Brazil. São Paulo;
Permits for Filming in Brazil;
Business Visa when filming in Brazil.