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Brazil16
9/30/2020 15:49 EST

I just got a translator from Hong Kong shipped to Brazil. The translator cost 238 dollars included shipping by Fed Ex. Just got a call it cleared customs will be delivered in a couple days. The real shock told I owed 276 dollars for the taxes on the translator it is electronic. I said to Fed Ex that more than the cost of the translator. Is this common. I just found out if they said it was under 50 dollars would have been no taxes.

pensadenos
9/30/2020 19:43 EST

Yes sir.......it is common. Brazil will charge anywhere from 60% to 100% tax on all electronic items imported into Brazil. They are the sole authority on setting the value of the item used or new and they will always take the higher valuation. On top of that they will also charge you an additional R$15.00 to continue the mail delivery process of your package even though the cost of mailing the package was paid for at the sender's end! This topic has been the subject of many, many conversations on Gringos.com and Foreigners in Brazil. Unfortunately, it is how Brazil makes most of their tax money.

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