US exporters often reach out to the USDA with questions about market access and Brazil’s import regulations, finding legislation confusing and not transparent. To bring a bit more clarity, ATO Sao Paulo prepared a series of Market Access Briefs by product category. These briefs are intended to serve as a guide for each step of the export process from formula study and label development to shipping and final customs clearance. ATO Sao Paulo also assigned a complexity level for each product category. The information contained in each brief was developed in concert with private consultants, importers and customs agents.
Under the Brazilian legislation, regulators must maintain “positive” lists of ingredients approved for consumption. In addition, all food or beverage ingredients must meet government specifications and tolerance levels.
The “Technical Regulation” provides the “Identity and Quality Standard” (PIQ) for any given product. This means that only specifically authorized products (including additives, colorings, preservatives, etc.) are allowed to enter the market. All imported organic products must comply with Brazilian legislation. It is recommended to perform a compliance study to determine if the organic product is in accordance to Technical Regulations (RT), limits of additives and food safety criteria.