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05/02/2016

Brazil signs the International Agreement that eliminates the need for legalization of foreign public documents

Brazil signs the International Agreement that eliminates the need for legalization of foreign public documents

On Friday, January 29, Brazil officially joined the Convention on the Elimination of the Requirement of Legalization of Foreigner Public Documents ( “Convention Handout”), an international agreement that simplifies procedures of recognition of public documents from other countries, eliminating the need for diplomatic or consular legalization. The Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade (MDIC) took an active part in the decision process for Brazil to become party to the Convention. With the promulgation of Decree No. 8660, public documents can be validated directly by the agency that issued it without the need for further authentication in the issuing State or the receiving State of these documents. According to the Secretary of Foreign Trade, Minister Daniel Godinho, Brazil’s adherence to the Convention simplify document legalization processes, bringing a positive impact on foreign trade. “By joining the Convention Apostille, we are seeking to facilitate the international flow of goods and services, since Brazilian companies will reduce processing costs and gain competitiveness.” According to the World Bank, countries that are not party to the Convention imposes a complex and lengthy process for the recognition of foreign public documents in their territories, affecting their ability to attract investment. The International Chamber of Commerce also recognizes the role that the Convention has as a facilitator of trade. Currently, 108 countries are signatories to the Convention. Source: MDIC

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