Sustainable Industry

Pau-Brasil Platform to fast-track exports of biodiversity products

An initiative by the CNI eliminates paper-based documentation related to import and export procedures by integrating IBAMA’s product registration systems with the Unified Foreign Trade Portal

The National Confederation of Industry (CNI) is happy with the recent launch of the Unified Clearance Platform in Brazil (Pau-Brasil) by the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources (Ibama). This initiative is the culmination of three years of negotiations, and covers the registration of Brazilian biodiversity-related products for import and export purposes, notably native wood.

It integrates the CITES (International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna) and Ibama’s Sinaflor (National System for the Control of the Origin of Forest Products) license systems with the Ministry of Economy’s Unified Foreign Trade Portal (Siscomex). In 2019, CNI submitted the publication “Risk Management in Brazilian Foreign Trade Clearance Bodies: an Industry Assessment” to Ibama, which revealed the need to improve this process.

According to Davi Bomtempo, CNI’s Chief Environment and Sustainability Officer, digitization of this procedure is expected to speed up the process and reduce costs by eliminating paper use.

“The platform provides improvements in the trade facilitation agenda by ensuring that users benefit from enhanced administrative efficiency, that the government is able to manage information better and to audit goods more effectively, and that the society can rely on better product compliance and more transparency in accessing information,” says David Bomtempo.

Constanza Negri, CNI’s Foreign Trade Manager, believes that the platform afforded a key improvement in terms of exports, but it is necessary to integrate Ibama’s systems with the import and centralized fee payment modules to the Unified Foreign Trade Portal.

Improving the trade facilitation agenda is a priority for the industry and for enhancing the country’s competitiveness,” she says.

As risk management for export products improves, Ibama is in a better position to integrate into the Federal Revenue’s Authorized Economic Operator Program (AEO), which is also being sought by the CNI. This integration will enable reliable foreign trade operators to benefit from faster shipping.

Around 35,000 native wood products from across Brazil are exported every year. Most of these depart from the four primary ports located in the states of Pará, Paraná, Santa Catarina, and Amazonas, which handle more than 90% of biodiversity products for export.