Standard envelopes when sending letters in Brazil are rectangular. Different shapes may cost more to send. A standard envelope should not exceed 5mm in thickness and should be sealed without the use of staples or clips.
It is recommended to address letters and parcels in blue or black ink and in capital letters with the following information:
If the address is for an apartment or an office, the second line will look like this:
The 3° indicates that the apartment or office is on the third floor of number 850 Rua Afonso Camargo, and that it is on the right (Dir, or D, is short for direita). If the apartment or office is on the left, write Esq, or E (short for esquerda).
The sender's address should be included on the back of the envelope or parcel in the centre. The recipient's address must be written on the front in the centre of the envelope. The stamp is placed in the front top right hand corner.
Regular and priority mail letters can be sent using postage-paid envelopes, stamps or franking machines located within Post Offices.
Domestic postage-paid envelopes are available for:
Regular mail: Domestic delivery estimated at between one and three days.
SEDEX 10: This is an Express service for documents and parcels with guaranteed registered delivery up to 10:00 the morning following the day of posting (from Monday to Saturday).
SEDEX HOJE: Same-day recorded mail delivery service to some main Brazilian cities.
SEDEX MUNDI is the international registered mail service. Delivery time to Europe is from four to six days.
Regular mail and SEDEX 10:
The maximum weight limit for SEDEX HOJE is 10 Kg and dimensions must not exceed:
The maximum weight limit for SEDEX MUNDI is 5 Kg and must not exceed:
Post boxes can be bought from the Post Office for three, six or twelve months.
Exporta Fácil is a mail service for businesses and individuals who wish to export products without doing all the related paperwork. The post office registers the exportation of the product with the Brazilian Federal agencies (Sistema de Comércio Exterior - SISCOMEX).
It is not necessary to register as an importer or exporter if the value of the goods is below US$1,000. If the value of the export is over US$1,000, fill in a Simplified Declaration of Exportation form (Declaração Simplificada de Exportação - DSE). Exports with a value of up to US$50,000 and with a maximum weight of 30 Kg can be sent using this service.
Delivery deadlines vary depending on the service used and the final destination of the product:
Importa Fácil is a service provided by the Brazilian Post Office for businesses, individuals or scientists who wish to import products to Brazil.
SEDEX a Cobrar is a guaranteed delivery service where the sender must declare the value of the goods. In the case of non-delivery, the Post Service reimburses the sender. The cost of the insurance is one percent of the value of the merchandise. There is a 30 Kg weight limit with this service.
Individuals can apply for an Individual Taxpayer's Number (Cadastro de Pessoa Física - CPF) at the Post Office. It is also possible to apply for a replacement CPF card in the event of loss or theft.
National and international telegrams can be sent electronically via the Internet, by telephone or in a Post Office.
The Post Office offers a direct marketing service which provides demographic and geographic information to businesses looking to target particular markets.
Some Post Offices provide financial and banking services (Banco Postal).
|Post office box||Caixa postal|
|Express postal service||SEDEX|
|Ordinary postal service||Correio normal|
|On the right||Dir (direita)|
|On the left||Esq (esquerda)|
|Postal codes||Códigos de Endereçamento Postal|
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