Guedes, Bernardo, Imamura & Associados is one of the nation’s largest consultants devoted exclusively to international trade and customs matters. The firm represents a wide variety of clients, ranging from privately held corporations to companies engaged in the manufacture and distribution of textiles, consumer electronics, computer and telecommunication equipment, pharmaceutical, chemicals, automotive products, steel, clothing and other consumer and industrial products. Our clients include domestic and foreign manufacturers, importers, trading companies, and trade associations.

The firm, located in Rio de Janeiro, has substantial experience along with Brazilian government agencies responsible for the administration and enforcement of our international trade and customs laws. Our staff is formed by professionals who had gained experience as former employees of foreign trade governmental agencies, of the Brazilian Foreign Trade Association, of the National Industry Confederation, and of large trading companies.


Customs duties are a significant element of an importer’s business expense. Proper planning can reduce import duties, provide certainty regarding ultimate duty assessments and ensure compliance with relevant laws, thereby maximizing profits and minimizing tariff liabilities.

The rules and regulations that govern customs and international trade matters are in a constant state of change. We believe that professionals dedicated exclusively to this subject best serve the interests of any company engaged in international trade. With many years of experience and a large portfolio of clients, we are in a unique position to anticipate problems before they arise and resolve issues once they are identified.

We encourage companies to review their transactions to minimize duties and to prevent problems with customs and other administrative agencies.