DUIMP: All about the Single Import Declaration

The last few years have been marked by significant changes in the modus operandi of Brazilian Foreign Trade.

Led by the sector’s highest body, the Brazilian Foreign Trade reinvented itself following all the technological and administrative developments in the world.

Among the most diverse changes, the implementation of DUIMP has increasingly become a priority issue among Brazilian imports.

In today’s text we are going take a x-ray about DUIMP and let you know all the information on the subject.


Knowing the NPI

The first step in understanding the DUIMP is, above all, to understand the context in which it is inserted from a macro view. There is no way to understand what DUIMP is without knowing the NPI modules in which it is integrated.

The NPI, short for Novo Processo de Importação, meaning New Import Process, is a profound revolution in the way of importing in Brazil.

NPI seeks to simplify and optimize import procedures through standardization, systems integration, and reduction of bureaucracy in processes that had so far been inflexible.

The NPI is composed of some modules that work as steps for carrying out an import in Brazil.

Among the new modules that make up the NPI are the Catalog of Products, the DUIMP (as a Single Import Declaration), the PCCE (short for Pagamento Centralizado do Coméercio Exterior , meaning Centralized Payment for Foreign Trade), the LPCO (Licenses, Permissions, Certificates and Other Documents) and the CCT (Controle de Carga e Trânsito, meaning Cargo and Transit Control).


What is DUIMP?

The Single Import Declaration is the document that will replace the current Import Declaration used in Brazil.

Among its main features, DUIMP presents itself as a solution to speed up customs clearance procedures, since it allows the import to be declared even before the arrival of the goods in Brazil.

In addition, the DUIMP makes it possible to provide other Licenses related to importation in parallel with the act of clearance. Until now one procedure must wait for the conclusion of the other to occur.


What major changes?

The DUIMP already has a positive impact on a number of importers today, and in the very near future it will bring significant results for all Brazilian foreign trade players, especially with regard to the time for customs clearance and the possibility of centralizing information in a single place.

Let’s understand, in parts, some of the main changes generated by DUIMP.


Siscomex Web

One of the keywords when talking about DUIMP implementation is integration.

DUIMP makes it possible for the Single Foreign Trade Portal, Siscomex – where all import operations carried out in Brazil must be declared – to be integrated with other Foreign Trade management systems chosen by the importer.

This integration between systems is possible due to the dismemberment of the procedures required in the Import Declaration, breaking the cast, and making possible the tuning between different systems through the Application Programming Interface of Siscomex Web, suitable for promoting the “conversation” between different software.


Tax Collection

Another relevant change is the way in which taxes can be paid upon importation.

In general, importing companies will be able to collect taxes between customs clearance and the register of certification.

Companies that are certified as Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) Level 2 will also be able to collect their taxes with the PCCE module, once a month, upon a single payment, without the need for this type of control in each process carried out.


Customs clearance

With the possibility of Advance Clearance and Clearance over Water, mainly for Authorized Economic Operator (AEO) C Level 2, customs clearance can be done before the arrival of the cargo, and the necessary adjustments may be made after the goods are in transit.

This results in reduced release time and lower storage costs.


Primary Zones

Currently, the Primary and Secondary Zone bonded warehouses are used for the due nationalization procedures.

The movement of cargo to these areas is only allowed with the use of a Custom Transit Declaration.

The DUIMP makes it possible to distinguish the concepts of merchandise and cargo, being considered “merchandise” the part of the cargo already nationalized and that can be moved without the need for a Custom Transit Declaration for transit, for example.


What are the main improvements with DUIMP?

Among the main improvements promoted by DUIMP, the following stand out:

Ø  Agility – by the automation and untying of procedures, the time for nationalization of loads will drop drastically.

Ø  Less costs – with the automatic and anticipated releases of loads, the costs arising from storage in Primary Zones will be considerably reduced.

Ø  Compliance – with the centralization of information in intelligent databases, there is greater compliance of the information declared and executed in the operations performed.

Ø  Centralization – even with the possibility of using several other systems, the integration makes it possible for all the data managed in the foreign trade processes of a particular company to be centralized in a single database, facilitating the conference, and tracking of information.



The Authorized Economic Operator is a company that has a trust status from the Brazilian Federal Government.

Because of this credibility that the AEO Certification provides, some exclusive benefits are available to certified companies.

Some of the main benefits of DUIMP for AEO importers are:

Ø  Advance dispatch by sea, air, and road.

Ø  Payment of Taxes in a single monthly payment form.

Ø  Reduced incidence of yellow, gray, and red conference channels.

Ø  Automatic customs clearance.

Ø  Integration with systems of consenting bodies for LPCO procedures.


What is the Catalog of Products?

The Catalog of Products is a module that integrates the Brazilian NPI (the new import process).

In short, it is the database where all items imported by the company are duly registered following strict standardization criteria for description and tax classification.

It is important to emphasize that all information that will appear in the DUIMP will be extracted from the Catalog of Products of each Importer.

The Catalog of Products module can be accessed on the Web Siscomex for more information on the specific procedures for describing imported items.

Only products that are already included in the Catalog of Products of each company can be imported via DUIMP.

How to prepare for the DUIMP implementation in my company?

The first step is to pay attention to the need to update the Database of items imported by your company to create your own Catalog of Products on the Web Siscomex.

Another important aspect is to invest in technological updating, searching the market for specialized systems in Foreign Trade management that are adapted to the new reality of the DUIMP and the NPI.

Lastly and most importantly, it is important to seek advice of those that are familiar with the DUIMP and that demonstrates being able to help companies prepare for the arrival of the DUIMP.

Opt for advisors that have know-how with AEO, Foreign Trade Systems and Customs Compliance.


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