Update on the Customs Strike in Brazil

RCL’s agent in Brazil has advised that Customs continues to work but is slowing down some of the clearances.  When a shipment arrives and is declared to customs, there are three “channels” they can associate to the shipment.

Green light – cargo is cleared almost automatically. These are the majority of  entries.

If a shipment gets the yellow light then there is some type of inspection to the cargo or documents but generally are cleared within a couple days.

Red light means mandatory exam of documents and/or cargo and can take up to 5 days to clear.

With the customs slowdown, the yellow and red channels clearance times have tripled.  Green light has not been affected.  RCL and our agent will continue to provide you with timely updates.  For any questions on shipments to Brazil or other destinations, please call or email us!