North’s correspondent in Brazil, Proinde P&I have issued a circular regarding recent changes to Brazilian customs requirements.
All cargoes discharged in Brazil initially go into the custody of customs based bonded spaces. Therefore consignees will be required as of the 14 November 2017, to submit the original bill of lading alongside their customs documentation to take delivery of their goods.
The change is viewed as a positive move within the shipping community. Prior to this requirement the process meant that consignees could take delivery of goods without the original bill of lading, potentially leaving carriers exposed to claims from wrongful or unauthorised delivery, or non-payment of freight charges and fees.
The circular from Proinde P&I can be read here.