Lately many have been curious about shipping to Brazil, and my husband and I moved to Brazil lately. We shipped our stuff last march from Montreal (Canada) to Santos (closest port to Sao Paulo). I will let you know what I learned from that experience.
- First of all, if you don't REALLY need to ship your stuff, DONT (except if your job accepts to pay your move from door to door). In Brazil, furniture is not as nice (quality/price), especially electrodomestic stuff, but still, not worth the trouble to move in my opinion.
- If you really need to move and have a low volume, consider sending it by plane or bringing as much as you can as luggage (usually around 200$ for an extra luggage, and with many airlines two luggages are free).
- Find a good company, read about them on internet as the quality may vary a lot. Look at their reputation on sites like BBB, or make a google search on reviews. You can try with different company and bargain (we did), but in the end, it is worth to spend here. We used Brytor and had a flawless move.
As for options, you can take "door to door" or "port to port" etc. but unless you have someone really expert to advise you, I strongly recommend "door to door" (from one house to the other). In our case, we took "door to port" as we had a reliable broker in Brazil who helped us navigate through the paperwork correctly.
- No matter how good the reputation your moving company is, laws of Brazil are too complicated for most of them to try to understand (that's what most company told us when we were asking quotes). That means, whatever the company tells you about paperwork at the port, verify, especially if you take "door to port" like us, as they wont be responsible once they drop it there.
- Make a detailed list of everything in your boxes for the men who will verify the container in the port. Note the model and serial number of all your electronics, make sure you don't bring anything with a motor (forget about a car!! prohibited), don't bring anything edible. Wrap well all your stuff. check on the website of Receita federal for more details.
http://www.receita.fazenda.gov.br/princ … es/faq.htm
- If you hesitate for a container or half container, go for the container. Smaller ones are put together and if there is a problem with the other client's stuff, yours will be stock in the port too (delays, $).
- Once it arrives in Brazil, especially in Santos, your container can be blocked there for MONTHS before being looked at by customs and liberated (yes, we heard more than one story from first hand) and you have to pay for everyday it stays there. Some people find a way to bargain at this point. Prices will vary a lot depending on, I dont know, possibly the tide??? I let you make your own mind on that.
Our stuff arrived in around one month and was quickly liberated (we got pretty lucky or had a pretty good broker, because it was in perfect condition). We did have to pay some fees still.
Good luck to all of you! Hope that helped a bit