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SISCARGA will be officially deployed by Brazil on March 31, 2008

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

SISCARGA (the new automated system from the Brazilian Federal Revenue Department and Merchant Marine Department to control vessel arrival and departure from ports subject to customs oversight and foreign cargos during import, export or transit) will be officially deployed on March 31, 2008 and our procedures have been redesigned in order to comply with the new rules, which will have a substantial impact on timetables for presenting documents to authorities and their contents, directly affecting our document deadlines for export and import services.

TCTI do Brasil, as an international NVOCC operator, has been accompanying deployment of the new system alongside industry associations, keeping in close contact with the aforementioned authorities.

Main SISCARGA Export Restrictions
As we depend on receipt of information sent in the Notice of Embarkation issued by exporters and customs clearance agents, we have established a deadline of 48 hours (excluding weekends) prior to the cargo deadline for the receipt of Notices of Embarkation (draft bills of lading) so that we can process them on our systems in sufficient time and submit them to the authorities, thereby enabling embarkation of your commodities.

This new deadline has already been in place for some time in order to provide our customers with an opportunity to adjust their internal processes prior to official Siscarga deployment, when your container will not be allowed to embark if the notice of embarkation has not been received before the aforementioned deadline.

From March 17, failure to receive the notice within the established period (48 hours prior to the cargo deadline, excluding weekends) will render it impossible for us to process the information and send it to the authorities via SISCARGA and consequently the cargo will not be loaded.

The following information must be included on notices of embarkation, according to the requirements issued by the authorities involved:

1. Ports of origin and destination
2. Name and tax registration number of the Shipper/Exporter
3. Declaration of commodity NCM
4. Complete description of goods by container
5. Method of payment (prepaid/collect)
6. Type of container and seal
7. Container identification (number)
8. Gross weight in kilos per container (without tare)
9. Volume of each container in cubic meters

Main SISCARGA Import Restrictions
The deadlines for presenting import documents will also be affected, as  they have changed from 24 hours from the vessel's arrival in the port to 72 hours from the vessel's arrival at the first port in Brazil, where the authorities will require the complete ship manifest (including transit cargo, to be unloaded outside the country). No bill of lading (or container) may be added after delivery of these documents and the quality of information declared will be afforded a more rigorous inspection, which may result in penalties if any discrepancies are found.

The following is a summary of the critical points (it is extremely important that exporters be properly informed of the following conditions so that their documentation complies with the specifications, thereby avoiding their cargo being held back on board or by the authorities, because there will be for a little room for maneuver):

1. Embarkation notices (draft) must be sent to TCTI Brasil  from the origin prior to the embarkation date.
2. Small changes (such as weight, volumes, goods description details, etc) may be carried out in advance, subject to confirmation from the destination/ Client’s request
3. Changes to the type of commodity are not permitted.
4. “Freight as per agreement” is not permitted and the freight values and fees must be included separately on the bills of lading, for both prepaid and collect scenarios.
5. Seaway bills of lading and Releases by Telex or Express will not be permitted.
6. Container and seal numbering cannot contain any discrepancies.
7. Commodity weight must be correct and use the metric system (kilograms).
8. Description of commodities must correspond to the exact content of the container (number of volumes and parts)
9. NCM (Common Mercosul Nomenclature) is mandatory for all import bills of lading (at least the first four digits)
10. Generalized descriptions of commodities (FAK, GDSM, etc.) is not permitted.
11. The company tax registration number is mandatory for all bills of lading or the taxpayer’s individual registration number (for unaccompanied baggage).
12. Freight values declared on the commodity description are not excepted.
13. Bills of lading with the consignee “to order” are not accepted and the cargo will be withheld/blocked by the Federal Revenue Department until the true consignee is named.

Final Considerations
TCTI Brasil hopes that this will help everybody to prepare for SISCARGA deployment. Exporter, importer and service provider alignment will be vital to successfully negotiate these procedures.
We remain your disposal for any additional explanations.

TCTI do Brasil - São Paulo
Melissa Cury
General Manager
Phone: ( 55 11 ) 3124 4646
Fax: ( 55 11 ) 3124 4649
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