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UWL South America

Shipping to Brazil? You’ve found the best logistics partner!

When it comes to shipping freight to and from Brazil, you need a company you can trust. A company that understands the intricacies of shipping industry regulations, the unique Brazilian culture, and Brazil’s complex customs clearance process.

With our owned office locations and experienced team members on the ground in Brazil, UWL is the perfect logistics partner for growing U.S. businesses looking to break into the South American market.

Our vast network here in the states also makes UWL a great partner for Latin American companies looking for reliable shipping solutions in the South America/USA trade.

UWL has a proven track record of reliability and safety, transporting shipments to and from Brazil quickly, efficiently, and securely every day.

Keep reading to find out what makes UWL one of the top freight forwarders in Brazil and why you should choose us to transport your cargo to and from South America.


Local Service, Global Reach: Our Team in South America

UWL Brazil is an extension of UWL USA, with local offices in Itajaí and São Paulo.

We have real logistics experts on the ground in the country, who are up-to-date on the most recent regulatory changes, and who have strong relationships with local officials.

Our Brazilian team uses the same systems and operational processes as our team in the United States, so you can rest assured knowing that your cargo is in good hands.

Advantages of working with UWL for your South American logistics needs:
  • Strategic & comprehensive Brazilian operations network
  • Seamless service between North & South America
  • End-to-end ocean & air freight services
  • Full visibility from door to door
  • Local experts in a very complicated, bureaucratic country
  • Certainty that your business is being handled by professional, qualified partners

Our Brazilian offices are strategically located in central areas for sea and air transportation, allowing for quick and nimble service. We also have many modes and options available, so we can custom tailor logistics and supply chain solutions to meet your unique needs.

UWL Brazil - Our Team

Shipping Freight to Brazil: Frequently Asked Questions
Thinking about expanding your business into Brazil but not sure where to begin?

Our Sales & Ops Manager, Barbara Echelmeier, answers your burning questions about our Brazilian office, challenges of shipping to Brazil, and the benefits of choosing UWL as your Brazilian 3PL partner.


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Our South American Logistics Services

Import into or Export from Brazil

UWL offers import and export customs consulting solutions for the most rigorous customs in the world.

Our customs services include the following benefits:
  • Accurate customs classification of goods
  • Flawless documentation & auditing process
  • Long-standing relationships with local customs officials
  • Adherence to PCPA rules & regulations

We also provide advice for any special documentation requirements necessary for South America.  We have contacts at the ports that will work directly with you to handle all documentation, ensuring smooth transport of your cargo into and out of Brazil.

Need help importing or exporting freight between the USA and South America?  Contact us today!

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Ocean freight to and from Brazil – FCL or LCL

UWL provides both FCL and LCL options for shipping cargo to Brazil.  How do you know which option is best for you?  The answer will depend on your cargo volume.

FCL, or full container load ocean freight involves shipping either 20-foot or 40-foot containers full of only one company’s goods. A 20-foot container will fit around 10 standard pallets, and a 40-foot container will fit around 22 pallets.  We recommend shipping FCL if your cargo takes up at least half of a shipping container or more.

LCL, or less-than-container load ocean freight is a cost-effective alternative for shipping ocean freight if you have less than half of a full container to ship.  With LCL ocean freight, you only pay for the space you use, but you must share the container with other shippers.

Contact us today if you need ocean freight services to or from South America.

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Air freight to and from Brazil

UWL offers full-service air freight forwarding for companies looking to move their products to and from Brazil.

Air freight is a great mode of transport for companies who have short lead times, tight deadlines, or are transporting high-value commodities or perishable goods. Frequent flights ensure speed and efficiency, and far-reaching destinations mean that your cargo can be air freighted virtually anywhere in the world.

Contact us today if you need air freight services to or from South America.

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Transport chemicals to or from Brazil

UWL is uniquely specialized in shipping chemicals and we regularly transport chemicals between the United States and South America.  Whether your chemicals are hazmat or non-hazmat, packaged (IBCs, totes, drums, and super sacks), or bulk (flexitanks), our team is ready to deliver.

When you are in the chemical industry, you know just how important safety is. You can count on us as a chemical transporting company due to our dedication to safety alongside our proven track record.

Our team is well versed in the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) regulations and can offer consulting and services to move your dangerous goods (DG) cargo.

Our logistics coordinators, customer service specialists, and operations staff are also HAZMAT certified, so you’ll have the peace of mind knowing that your materials will be transported safely and securely.

Whether the cargo you need to ship is hazardous or non-hazardous, our team has the knowledge and resources to transport it where it needs to go.

When you choose to work with our chemical transport company, you can expect the utmost care and safety. Our capabilities for a range of cargo types help make us an all-in-one solution for chemical transportation and more!

Need to transport chemicals to or from South America?  We're on it! Contact us today.

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Our Abilities & Advantages

When you work with UWL, you’ll receive the benefits of our expert customer service, industry certifications, and much more:

  • Full-service licensed NVOCC
  • Ocean, air, & road transportation services for both imports to and exports from Brazil
  • In-house U.S. Customs house brokerage services
  • Fully compliant distribution services and chemical warehousing
  • Specialized chemical forwarder with full-service offerings: IBCs, totes, drums, super sacks, flexitanks, hazmat & non-hazmat
  • Specialty in the polymer, chemical, biofuel, & petrochemicals sector
  • Compliant with environmental regulations
  • Global supply chain visibility
  • Real-time tracking & tracing along with EDI integration
  • Complete door-to-door service through one point of contact
  • Dedicated customer service representatives – no sitting on hold waiting to talk to someone

At UWL, you can trust that our team will handle your shipments to and from Brazil with care, and we look forward to being your choice for international freight forwarding services.


Work with the best freight forwarder in Brazil

UWL’s team of international freight specialists will find the South American freight transportation services that are the right fit for you, tailored to meet your needs.

Interested in our freight forwarding services? Reach out today!

Have a question? Need a quote?
Contact Us!

Give us a call at 440-356-5353 or send us an email using the form below and one of our team members will be happy to help you!

*Note: UWL does not handle shipments of personal effects for private individuals.

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UWL South America Locations


UWL do Brazil

Itajaí - Headquarters
Rua Samuel Heusi, 579 – Sala 1201
Edifício One Office – Itajaí – SC
CEP: 88301-320
Phone: +55 47 3046 0957


São Paulo  
Av. Das Nações Unidas, 14.401 – CJ 1512
Ed. Parque da Cidade – Office – São Paulo – SP
CEP: 04794-000
Phone: +55 11 2777 3350


Finance and Administrative Departments
Phone: +55 47 3045 3405

Regional Agents

UWL South America has agent offices in all Brazilian ports and airports, including:

  • Manaus
  • Fortaleza
  • Recife
  • Belem
  • Vitoria
  • Porto Alegre
  • Curitiba
  • Belo Horizonte
Our Services
  • Full Service, Licensed NVOCC
  • Licensed & Bonded, Asset-Based Freight Forwarder
  • Ocean Freight (FCL & LCL)
  • Air Freight
  • Customs Consulting
  • Global Supply Chain Visibility
  • Warehousing & Distribution
  • Domestic Transportation
  • Chemical Logistics
  • Bulk Liquid Logistics
  • Project Cargo Logistics
Our People
UWL South America
January 29, 2019

UWL South America – Itajaí, Brazil Team   Featured Above: Team members from UWL do Brazil in our Itajaí office.     UWL South America – São Paulo Featured Above: Arthur Botelho, one of the team members from UWL São Paulo.    

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