Measure should affect Brazilians who import products such as smartphones and drones. Seized product that does not have an approval stamp will be seized
Anatel said on Tuesday (27) that began to inspect, with the IRS, international postal and express shipments that arrive at the parcel receiving and handling units of the Post Office in Brazil. According to the agency, the measure seeks to ensure that telecommunications products that enter the country meet minimum safety and quality standards, “in addition to avoiding possible interference in frequency bands of services in the sector.” The move may sound like a cold-water bath for Brazilians who buy mobile phones and drones imported from countries like China, for example.
In a statement published on Anatel’s website, the agency recalls that those who import equipment legally must ensure the collection of taxes and meet other requirements. One of them is its approval. “The IRS has an agreement with the Post Office and analyzes, at the center of the screening, all appliances that come abroad,” said the statement. This means that if the seized product does not have the approval stamp, it will be seized and the competent agencies will require the owner to apply for approval with Anatel. The Agency’s role in this oversight process is to provide advice by listing which products need to be approved.
Anatel also points out that the importation of telecommunications products by consumers through the post office is prohibited in Brazil and explains: “the consumer can bring a piece of equipment on his return from international travel, but cannot order such products from abroad by mail. Regular imports of telecommunications equipment follow specific legislation. ”
To cover the administrative costs during the homologation process for own use, a fee of R $ 200 is charged. This fee applies, for example, when a consumer buys a product in person abroad, returns to Brazil and finds that he had not passed through. an approval process compatible with Brazilian regulations. For homologation for commercial purposes, the fee is R $ 500. These amounts are intended for the Telecommunications Inspection Fund (Fistel).
Which products fall into the rule?
Telecommunications equipment is divided into three categories. The first includes terminal equipment intended for public use, such as mobile phones, mobile batteries and cables for residential use. The second covers equipment such as antennas, equipment with wifi interfaces, bluetooth and drones. The last category refers to equipment that requires the guarantee of interoperability and reliability of networks, electromagnetic compatibility and electrical safety.
In the case of equipment classified in category II (wifi, bluetooth and drones), they may be approved by means of a Declaration of Conformity. In order to facilitate the procedure, the Agency accepts this document, whereby the applicant submits a foreign certification in place of the national tests. This declaration must still be requested in the country of origin of the product. Or the consumer (individual) may declare that the product intended for their own use complies with Anatel rules. Consumers interested in completing the document should access the Declaration of Conformity Manual.
Equipment in the other two categories cannot be subjected to this procedure. They necessarily need to be certified and approved by Anatel. More information about the procedures can be accessed at the portal.