With the Single Foreign Trade Portal Program, Brazil ushers in a new, business-friendly import and export process for cross-border shipments.
Intent on creating a more business-friendly environment for companies that want to ship goods across its borders, Brazil is implementing a new single portal that will benefit exporters and importers alike. Known as the Single Foreign Trade Portal Program (PCE), the new platform was built by the federal government, in discussion with the private sector. This new portal will benefit more than 65,000 organizations and will incorporate the DUE and DUIMP, respectively, Single Export Declaration and Single Import Declaration.
The initiative aims to reduce deadlines and costs and increase the competitiveness of Brazilian products abroad, according to InvestinBrazil. The project’s main objectives include the reduction of the average term of the export and import processes by around 40% in Brazil; the reduction of considerable logistical costs through greater agility; and the elimination of redundancies and bureaucratic steps.
Industry Minister Marcos Pereira said the new process, coordinated by the Foreign Trade Secretariat and the Federal Revenue Service, with the support of 20 other government bodies, raises Brazil’s level in international trade. “We now have an important role in foreign trade in resumption of economic growth,” Pereira said. “We need to promote competitiveness gains for the productive sector and improve our internal business environment.”
Reducing Documents, Deadlines, and Costs
Brazil’s new import and export portal is expected to reduce the cross-border trade processes while facilitating registration, clearance, and even follow-up by the exporter or importer. Other key benefits include reduced time and cost of freight, more efficient logistics, ease of access to information, and simplification of customs procedures.
The new system will incorporate Single Export Declaration (DUE), which is already in force and being used by private operators, and Single Import Declaration (DUIMP), which is currently under discussion. To modernize its import and export processes, Brazil is reducing documentation and stages, as well as deadlines and costs.
By enabling the digitization of all documentation, the new portal will generate an integrated view and real-time monitoring for all operators. The project’s main objectives include reducing the average term of the export and import processes while lessening logistical costs through greater agility and eliminating both redundancies and bureaucratic steps. According to the Brazilian government, the goal is to reduce export time from 13 to 8 days, and import time from 17 to 10 days, consequently reducing private sector costs.
Benefits for Importers and Exporters Alike
According to , the new process will help exporters by facilitating:
- Document deletion – the current Export Register, Export Declaration, and Simplified Export Declaration will be replaced by a single document, the Single Export Declaration (DUE)
- Procedural steps deletion- ending of duplicate authorizations in distinct documents, with the possibility of comprehensive authorizations for more than one operation
- Integration with the electronic invoice
- A 60% reduction in data completion
- Information assessment automation
- A single window between exporters and the government
- Parallel procedural flows – customs clearance, cargo handling, and licensing and certification are no longer sequential and will reduce time
- Expectations of reduction 40% of the average term for exporting
And importers will benefit from:
- Centralization in a single location for import license requests and acquisitions, without the need of accessing other systems or filling out paper forms by the operator
- Automatic validation between the authorized operation (in the import licensing module) and the declared data in the DUIMP
- Time and bureaucracy reduction in imports with consent
- Flexibility in granting import licenses in relation to the number of operations covered
- Retention time reduction of the goods in Primary Zone, consequently import costs reduction
- Harmonization of procedures adopted by the various organs of the Public Administration responsible for import control
Rolling Out the New Program
As an agent for the pilot project that led to the implementation of the new air and ocean export system, DB Schenker actively supports the Brazilian foreign trade modernization.
The complete implementation of the DUE is planned for the end of the year and should reach about 5 million annual export operations in the country, for more than 25,000 companies. The modernization of processes will make Brazilian exports simpler, reduce documentation and stages, shorten deadlines, and reduce costs. The deployment is already in operation at some airports in the country and will be passed on to all airports and other modalities (ocean, fluvial, road and rail) by the end of 2017, according to information from the Federal Government.
The new import process will replace the current DI – Import Declaration and DSI – Simplified Import Declaration. Its reformulation must be implemented by the end of 2018 and will reach more than 40,000 importers, according to the federal government. The DUIMP will allow goods that enter into the country—and that are properly cleared—to be delivered directly to the importer, without the need for storage.