Shipping delays to Brazil could derail Olympics

Brazil FlagAs the world heads to Rio for the Olympic opening ceremonies on Friday, international delivery expert Fastlane International is warning Brazil’s overstretched logistics network may be unable to cope with the increased demand.

Despite the introduction of a special ‘Olympics law’ which fast-tracks official team equipment into Brazil, striking customs officials can intervene to check any athlete’s kit. This could potentially delay Olympic Events, while bringing the world’s attention to the strikers’ grievances.

Fastlane says Britain’s SME exporters planning to ship to Brazil are also facing some Olympic size hurdles. Over the last four years, UK exports to Brazil have grown by 20%, reaching £2.5 billion. However, businesses shipping to Brazil not only face delays, but too many shipments are simply ‘disappearing’. Fastlane also reveals Brazil is still a significantly protectionist economy that favours its own businesses over overseas companies.

According to a Fastlane report, eBay users are reporting deliveries through the Correios network have been taking two or three months on average. Fastlane’s advice is that ‘disappearing’ shipments, increased security and extra Olympic traffic, mean anyone shipping items to Brazil should bypass Brazil’s post network and ship directly using tracked international courier services such as UPS, TNT and DHL.

Our advice is that if you’re selling on eBay then make delivery eBay’s problem and use the eBay Global Shipping Program to sell to Brazil until the Olympics, customs strikes and potential zika virus delays all subside.