At a recent meeting with Brazilian Customs on their future Cargo and Transit Control (CCT) Air module for the Customs Single Portal, the air cargo community was informed that a testing period for message transmission will start in the coming weeks (date to be confirmed) before the transmission becomes mandatory, possibly as early as Q1 2020.
The first set of information regarding the CCT Air Import module is available here.
In summary, airlines will have to electronically transmit information to IATA/Cargo-XML from the flight manifest (XFFM) and air waybills (XFWB). This information must be transmitted at least 4 hours prior to landing in Brazil or at wheels-up for short-haul flights (i.e. those less than 4 hours).
Under the same timelines, cargo agents will have to electronically transmit to IATA Cargo-XML all relevant information from house airway bills (XFZB) and consolidation manifests (XFHL).
In order to avoid inefficiencies and possible penalties at the destination, IATA recommends reminding the master AWB's shipper that every consolidated shipment should be pre-alerted by the shipper's agent to the master AWB's designated consignee - this consignee will be responsible for filing the house AWB information prior to landing.
Local laws require that carriers use a legal representative based in Brazil for the electronic signature. Authorities are working on a way to make the local e-signature possible without manual intervention.
BDP International is taking all necessary steps and actions to adhere to these new restrictions accordingly.
We will keep our customers apprised once the date of the testing period has been announced.
Sources: Transportation Brazil and BDP International