What is the best way to ship products to Brazil?

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30 Jul 10 08:52:49 pm
What is preferred when shipping to Brazil?
Drop-shipping, wholesalers, liquidators or manufacturers?
Which avenue would have the best success rate, of goods
arriving safe and sound? Thank you.

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30 Jul 10 10:50:22 pm
watch the taxes.

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1 Aug 10 10:29:42 am
What is preferred when shipping to Brazil?
Drop-shipping, wholesalers, liquidators or manufacturers?
Which avenue would have the best success rate, of goods
arriving safe and sound? Thank you.


Hi saobento

Each is completely different, so it really comes down to the amount you want to invest and the infrastructure you have setup in regards to storage and such.

Both liquidations and wholesale purchases are in bulk, the more volume you purchase, the cheaper the per unit cost of each item in the load. Using these purchasing models will get you the best possible prices, but then you have shipping fees, customs duties, and as AGS highlighted, possible taxes to consdier.

On top of that, you need storage.

In regards to Drop Shipping, you are talking about one item at a time, and you hold no stock at all. You list the product and the Drop Shipper forwards the product direct to the end buyer.

A lot less hassle and upfront expense, however then you have the issue of not having the best value for money to make margin with, so you really have to take your financial situation, along with you location and your preferred sales channel into consideration when choosing the best possible option for you.


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Hi saobento,

You can learn more about shipping, drop shipping, other sourcing methods and more in our education area. If you haven't already done so, check out -

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Hi saobento,

Here are links to relevant information about importing to Brazil -

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Cheers! :)


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2 Aug 10 05:29:54 pm
Thank you for the valuable information. Yesterday, my wife and I were in a large shopping mall in a large Brazilian city. We walked into a Tommy Hilfilger store, totally Tommy merchandise. Simple question! We discover very few American name stores. Could this be a company store, or a franchise store? In other words, do you know how this came about? Thanks.

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3 Aug 10 07:25:17 am
Hi saobento,

What you have seen is Tommy Hilfiger’s licensed retailer / distributor/ subsidiary in Brazil. :) As with most of the designer brands, Tommy Hilfiger has a tightly controlled distribution channel, and it has its own set of authorized dealers.

My wild guess on the very few American name stores in Brazil is its recent trade sanction against American products (something about the cotton dispute?). And for a Tommy Hilfiger to be in Sao Paolo despite the sanction, the items are probably not being shipped in, they are being manufactured in Brazil. (I have a pair of Tommy slippers made in Brazil) :)

Have a nice day!


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Does anyone have information or experience in 'drop shipping' a commercial espresso machine, using FedEx or other carriers? According to the FedEx web site, they can ship products up to 150 pounds international. A commercial espresso may weight several hundred pounds. Much appreciation.

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No experience at all, but I have imported and exported enough smaller items to know that shipping that sort of weight will cost you the economic budget of a small Pacific Island.

When you're talking about products in that weight range I think you would be far better off looking at a wholesale model, as that would allow you to lower your per unit cost by volume.

If you are Drop Shipping anything internationally, shipping can be a serious issue, and that's just the small stuff.


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Does anyone have information or experience in 'drop shipping' a commercial espresso machine, using FedEx or other carriers? According to the FedEx web site, they can ship products up to 150 pounds international. A commercial espresso may weight several hundred pounds. Much appreciation.


Hi saobento,

Shipping large or heavy items over 150lbs internationally can be expensive. eBay has an excellent Freight Resource Centre for sellers which helps you to get quotes from multiple shipping companies, dispatch pickup for shipment and track the shipped item.

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Like fudjj said, dropshipping internationally can cause shipping difficulties and can pose some tricky shipping problems. For example, common complaints are: (These are things you might want to watch out for)

* Unexpected Customs duties
* Shipping higher than expected
* Buyer felt misled – thought they were buying from a US company when parcel actually arrived from Hong Kong or similar
* Item out of stock – buyers wonder why you listed an item that you didn’t have. Many believe this to be fraud.

All the best!


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16 Sep 10 10:25:50 pm
Thank you, all, for your valuable suggestions. I have been in contact with a company in California which sells coffee, teas and drink mixes. They are willing to ship, their products, to me in south Brasil. However, they want me to do all the legwork, researching customs, fees, freight charges and such. FOB from Los Angeles. Obviously, all the issues seems to translate to dollars 'out of my pocket' to get products here, for resale. It may be best to include their merchandise in an overseas container, once I contract with a company to bring my household goods with merchandise. Thank you again for your help.

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