Transport Brazil with Seacon Logistics

Seacon Logistics is your logistics service provider and central point of contact for transport to and from Brazil. From strategic locations and together with our worldwide network of agents and partners, we quickly, smoothly and cost-effectively take care of your transport. From full loads (FTL), part loads (LTL), pallets, intermodal to special transport

As one of the largest and most important countries in South America, Brazil is a particularly interesting transport country. With over 200 million inhabitants, it is the most densely populated country in South America. Despite fluctuations in recent years, Brazil has generally developed positively. The gross domestic product (GDP) exceeds US$1.61 trillion (2021) and is mainly driven by the agriculture, industry and service sectors. 

Brazil's exports mainly consist of agricultural products such as coffee, sugar and soybeans, as well as industrial goods, including aircraft and automotive parts. The country's main trading partners are China, the US and Argentina. Brazil's imports mainly consist of industrial products, such as machinery, electronics and vehicles. 

As a logistics service provider, we see great potential for transport in Brazil. And thanks to our specialist knowledge of the logistics sector, we are well-positioned to make a valuable contribution to trade between Brazil and other countries. Our goal is to further expand our services in the Brazilian market and thus contribute to strengthening economic relations. 

For Brazil transport, it is only logical for you as a company – together with Seacon as your professional partner – to take your logistics to a higher level. On this page, you can read more about our transport solutions for Brazil.

Important transport routes Brazil and your benefits 

Brazil's road network is more than a million kilometres long. It is therefore no surprise that road transport is the main modality for transporting goods within the country. Although there are still some problems with the improvement and maintenance of some roads, a lot of investments have been made in recent years to expand and modernise the road network. 

A second important transport route within Brazil is rail transport. With a length of 30,000 kilometres, it offers a good alternative for the transport of goods. Large quantities of raw materials and agricultural products are mainly transported by rail. 

Air freight has also increased significantly in recent years and plays an important role in Brazilian transport. São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport is the largest airport in Brazil and is an important place for the transhipment of goods. Furthermore, Rio de Janeiro-Galeão Airport and Recife-Guararapes Airport are important hubs for cargo transport. Air freight is the ideal mode of transport to quickly and safely get goods to their destination. Given the proximity of the road and rail networks, there is a possibility to further transport your goods intermodally by truck or rail. 

Finally, sea freight plays an important role in transport to and from Brazil. Due to its location on the Atlantic Ocean, sea transport serves an important purpose in Brazil's goods transport. The seaports in Santos, Rio de Janeiro and Paranaguá play a key role in this. 

Aerial photo the container terminal at the port of Santos, Brazil | Transport Brazil | Seacon Logistics
Aerial view of the Brazilian metropolis of São Paulo in the foreground shows the Ponte Estaiada bridge | Transport Brazil | Seacon Logistics

Important cities for cargo transport in Brazil 

The largest country in South America has an excellent infrastructure and also offers ideal investment conditions for your business. The key cities for cargo transport in Brazil are São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte. 

São Paulo is the economic capital of Brazil and is one of the most important logistics centres in the country. The city has the largest airport in the country (São Paulo-Guarulhos International Airport) and excellent road, rail and water connections.

Rio de Janeiro is the second most important city for goods transport in Brazil. The port of Rio is important for the connection between Brazil and the more economically developed southeast and plays an important role in exports. Furthermore, the city has an important international airport (Rio de Janeiro-Galeão Airport). The city thus offers the possibility to import or export products through sea or air freight.

Belo Horizonte is another important city for Brazil's goods transport. The city is the main industrial and commercial centre in the southeastern region of the country and has excellent intermodal transport connections. Belo Horizonte is also the main hub for goods transport to the south and southeast of Brazil. 

Transport solutions from Seacon Logistics

We offer different types of transport to and from Brazil. Whether it concerns general cargo, less-than-truckload or full-truckload shipping, air freight, sea freight or freight transport – we will ensure that your goods arrive at their destination safely and on time. Below you will find our transport solutions to and from Brazil:

  • Groupage transport to Brazil
  • Pallet shipment
  • Partial loads (LTL / LCL)
  • Full loads (FCL / FTL)
  • Rail transport
  • Deliveries in the city centre
  • Delivery with tailboard
  • Express delivery to Brazil
Aerial view of the most iconic monument atop the high mountain Corcovado in Rio de Janeiro: Christ the Redeemer | Transport Brazil | Seacon Logistics

Groupage Brazil - LCL and LTL

The term LTL (Less Than Truck Load) is used in freight transport to indicate that only part of the available cargo space of the truck is filled. In the logistics industry, it is therefore common to combine several partial loads at one loading point or to add a partial load. In short, groupage or LTL is therefore the merging of several smaller loads into one larger load. This optimises the use of the freight container during road freight.

The abbreviation LCL stands for Less than Container Load and in sea freight refers to shipments that do not fill an entire container and are combined with other general cargo in a consolidated container. LCL transport mainly offers price advantages and some benefits in practical handling and stowage. For general cargo, only proportionate transport costs are incurred for the use of the container volume.

Full loads Brazil - FCL or FTL

The abbreviation FCL (Full Container Load) is used in sea freight for full container loads. Unlike LCL: a load that only partially fills a container. With FCL loads, the container is loaded by a shipper and unloaded at the destination by a consignee.

With an FTL delivery (Full Truck Load), the shipment fills the entire available cargo space. The truck transports this shipment to its destination without reloading. This is for one recipient. This completely utilises the truck’s transport capacity. 

Fast delivery is the main advantage of FTL. This is because there is no need for transhipment or extra route planning to different recipients. The truck drives directly to one destination. It is the most effective method of transporting goods by road to a final destination. 


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Loading special transport onto a truck. | Seacon Logistics

Special transport Brazil 

In our wide range of transport services, we also offer special transport to and from Brazil. This is the worldwide transport of long, high and heavy goods that do not fit in a container or truck. We believe it is important to comply with all international regulations and guidelines in this type of transport. Especially when transporting dangerous goods, regardless of whether they are transported to or from Brazil to abroad. Below you will find an overview of all goods that Seacon Logistics transports: 

  • Long goods
  • Dangerous goods (ADR)
  • Boxes (KTN)
  • Boxes (BOX)
  • Bundles
  • Heavy load
  • Pallets (PLT)
  • Gitter boxes (GIBO)
  • Barrels (FSS)
  • Other loose goods

Transport options Brazil: to and from Asia, America, Europe and Africa

At Seacon Logistics we understand that, in addition to the quality of your products, fast shipping and associated satisfied customers are of great importance. That is why we facilitate the worldwide transport of your goods in all aspects. Goods transport within Europe is usually handled via road freight, but for shipments to and from Asia, North and South-America and Africa, we of course also have sea freight and air freight at your disposal.

From our locations at strategically located terminals, we supply all major consumer markets. By outsourcing your transport to and from Brazil to Seacon Logistics, you benefit from the advantage that you do not have to worry about complicated coordination across different continents and time zones. With us, you are guaranteed – partly thanks to the excellent cooperation with our partner network – a fast, efficient and well-organised shipment. 

Container terminal from above, showing a container ship loading sea freight and moving trucks (road transport). | Seacon Logistics

Transit and delivery times for transport to Brazil

To satisfy you and meet all your requirements, reliability and speed are paramount at Seacon Logistics. That is why we work closely with a worldwide partner network and can plan, execute and organise your transport efficiently. 

It is also possible to send express shipments, we arrange this in collaboration with our network. Fast transport services and our in-house customs clearance ensure that your transport from Brazil arrives at your customer faster than usual. 

For daily updated information and reliable transport planning, please contact us directly. Our specialists are always ready to help you. 

Customs: the correct import and export documents

Our focus is always on the entire logistics chain. To serve you even better, our in-house customs department takes care of the necessary import and export documents and transport certificates. Our Compliance Desk checks whether your goods comply with all guidelines and sanction regulations at the place of destination. This way you will not be faced with unpleasant surprises and you can concentrate on your core business. Thanks to our status as Authorised Economic Operator (previously AEO-certified) and 'preferred supplier', we can minimise delays. An important advantage for you as a customer.

Want to know more about how we unburden you in terms of customs and customs declarations? 

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Incoterms®: Protect your international trade with Brazil

As a global logistics chain director, Seacon Logistics deals a lot with Incoterms®. Although we are not involved in the commercial agreements between buyer and seller, we are often consulted about the dangers and consequences of the various Incoterms® before a transaction is concluded. In practice, many companies still underestimate the risks.

To ensure that contractual formulas in the trade of goods are interpreted equally by buyer and seller, we have created a white paper and an infographic. 

View our Incoterms® page

Important additional information: Public holidays, driving bans and local details

Brazil is the eighth largest country in the world and has an extensive road and rail network that facilitates the transportation of goods. However, there are some additional information and local specifics that are relevant to transportation in Brazil: 

  • Customs regulations: When importing and exporting goods in Brazil, you must take the local customs regulations into account. It is therefore important to inform yourself in advance about customs regulations and costs in order to avoid unnecessary delays and additional costs. Our team is happy to provide you with information about customs-free zones and regulations thanks to our in-house customs department.
  • Driving bans: There are no general driving bans on public holidays or Sundays for freight traffic. However, some regions or parts of the country can set their own local driving restrictions. Therefore, it is important to inquire about possible regulations on your planned transport route in advance.
  • Tolls: Toll must be paid on highways and some other roads in Brazil, which finances the maintenance and further development of the road network. These toll charges are calculated based on the distance travelled and vehicle class.
  • Environmental regulations: Most of the Amazon rainforest is located in Brazil. Therefore, important regulations have been put in place to protect rainforest conservation. We are happy to help you find out which regulations are relevant to you.

If you have more detailed questions about the specifics or rules in Brazil, please feel free to contact our team. In a joint logistic analysis, we examine which aspects are relevant for your goods transport. 

The strength of Seacon: logistics at its heart since 1985

Since the establishment of Seacon Logistics, we have been building our organisation as a leading logistics chain director. Today, Seacon Logistics has over 700 employees at various strategic locations throughout Europe. Yet the origins of the family business can still be felt in our organisation. And that is precisely where our strength lies. Logistic services from the heart, that's what we are all about!

With a strong we-feeling, we take on logistical challenges and work together to serve you as our customer in the best possible way. With innovative and efficient solutions, we take your logistics to a new level. Transparent communication, personal approach and entrepreneurship are the basis of our customers' trust. 

Are you interested in a transport solution to a country other than Brazil? Then take a look at one of our many other partner countries:

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