Importing from Brazil to the UK: A Guide for Businesses

The UK has a strong trade relationship with Brazil and deepened its bilateral cooperation in 2015. At the UK-Brazil Joint Economic Trade Committee, or JETCO, where it was agreed that both countries would make a commitment to support mutual growth and cooperation in the coming years.

Fact File

  • Capital City: Brasilia
  • Largest City: São Paulo
  • National Language: Portuguese
  • Currency: Brazilian Real
  • GDP Total: $11,208.08
  • Population: 200.4 million
  • Area: 8.516 million km²


Brazil's Top Exports

The EU is Brazil’s main partner in trading, and the UK is the 4th largest importer of Brazilian goods in the world. There are lots of export opportunities from Brazil, and the main trade exports are:


  • Metallic Ores (12.62%)
  • Oil Seeds (10.44%)
  • Oil and Mineral Fuels (9.17%)
  • Meat (6.85%)
  • Industrial Machinery (5.65%)
  • Motor Vehicles and Parts (4.36%)


The Brazilian Aerospace Industry is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, and in 2014, 3.8% of UK trade with the country went on planes helicopters and/or spacecraft.


Brazil is the seventh largest producer of vehicles in the world, and the biggest exporter in the world for agricultural exports to the EU.


Brazil is known for its export of soybeans and related products.


Importing From Brazil

Importing goods from Brazil to countries in the EU is relatively highly protected, and you’ll need to ensure they’re not on the banned or restricted list for non-EU goods entering the UK.


As a non-EU country, the standard regulations apply on imports from Brazil, UK Duty and VAT must be paid on all imported goods, for which you can check the commodity code of the items you’re looking to import.


Checking these codes allows you to find out the levels of duty and VAT you need to pay for your imported goods, and calculate the total.

Declare Your Import to HMRC

You’ll need to declare your import to HMRC using a Single Administrative Document (SAD), which is essential for importing goods from non-EU countries like Brazil.


You must say what the goods are, the commodity codes, movement of the goods (destination), and declare the CDC (Customs Procedure Code).


This should be submitted via the CHIEF system (Customs Handling of Import and Export Freight).

Trade Tariff Duty

When importing anything to the UK from non-EU countries, duty must be paid. The sum of the fee you’ll have to pay depends on the goods’ classification under the UK Trade Tariff. You will also need to disclose how the goods will be used in the UK.


You need to check the Trade Tariff and the appropriate government legislation to ascertain whether you require an import licence for your goods. Items like firearms will require a licence.

Paying VAT On Brazilian Goods

Your goods from Brazil will only be released from UK customs when you’ve paid VAT to HMRC, which at the moment stands at 20%. Some items will be eligible for reduced rate, or will be VAT free.


If you run a UK-registered business, you may be able to claim the VAT back after completing a VAT return.

At TNT, we’ll make this process much easier with our Express Import System, which takes care of it all for you. We offer options that will suit different budgets and timescales, so take a look and see what we can do for you.