All foreign wine producers and exporters need to register the products with the Brazilian Agriculture Ministry.
The wine shall be certified with a Certificate of Origin and Analysis (COCA). The origin certification shall be signed and stamped by an official body from the country where the wine was produced. The analysis shall be signed by a previously certified laboratory for analysis, listed in the database of the Brazilian Agriculture Ministry.
Upon arrival in Brazil, a counter proof shall be submitted for comparison to the data provided with the COCA, in order to confirm same conditions as by the time of shipping from its origin. If divergences are detected, the wine may need a relabeling stating the results of the comparison between the original analysis and the counter proof. As a result, the Agriculture Ministry shall issue the Inspection Certificate (CI), allowing the importer to sell the wines within the Brazilian territory.
Certificate of Aging Time, certificate of typicity or geographic area shall be obtained to corroborate these elements.
Import of bottles with volumes of more than 5 liters is not allowed. Single importation of small volume (up to 12 liters) is exempt from the Agriculture Minister authorizations. Importations of larger volumes (above 12 liters) for exhibitions, commercial promotion, tasting events and competitions and for own consumption need authorization but can be made without the certificate of analysis and origin.
In order to undertake a smooth process, it is advisable to have all requirements verified in conjunction with the importer in order to avoid further delays.
Note that any inconsistency will likely result in the cargo to be retained at customs. Even if these costs are to be supported by the importer, the wines may suffer from exposure to risks (excessive sunlight, heat) if not properly stored, jeopardizing the quality of the product.
All detailed requirements and registrations with the Ministry of Agriculture for the production and import of wines is stablished under a specific Internal Normative Ruling nº1/2019(“NORMA INTERNA DIPOV/SDA Nº 01, DE 24 DE JANEIRO DE 2019”).