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Brazilian Federal Police issued a memorandum regulating the transport of weapons aboard vessels.

Please note attached the official communication:

Federal Public Service
MJ-Federal Police Department
Executive Board
National Weapons Division

Memorandum- -DARM/DIREX/PDF

Brasilia – DF June 18th, 2014

To Regional Executives and Heads of DELEAQ (AC, AL, AP, AM, BA, CE, DF, ES, GO, MA, MT,
MS, MG, PA, PR, P, PI, RN, RS, RJ, RO, RR, SC,SP, SE and TO)

Subject: Transport of Weapons Aboard Vessels

Considering records of occurrences of transport of weapons by foreign vessels that dock in national
ports and bearing in mind the lack of specific regulations on the subject:
I take this opportunity to divulge the procedure to be adopted in such cases:
1. On arrival in Brazilian territorial waters, the Master of the foreign vessel must
communicate to the Federal Police, before berthing in the first national port (on the
entry pass), about possession of weapons on board, which should be duly
registered/regularised in the flag country;
2. On berthing, the Master must present the registry and ownership of the weapons; the
Federal Police may demand an officially translated version in Portuguese;
3. After verification of the documentation and the weapons, the safe or compartment
reserved on board for the safekeeping of weapons must be sealed by the Federal
Police, with the commitment of the Master to guarantee the integrity and nonviolation
of the seal;
4. Three copies of the terms of the seal must be prepared, containing the list of the
weapons deposited, one copy affixed to the safe/compartment, one handed to the
Master and the third filed with the Federal Police;
5. Before the vessel leaves the country, the Master must communicate to the Federal
Police at the last Brazilian port of call about the vessel with the weapons transported
(on the sailing pass), to verify the integrity and non-violation of the seal and its
6. When there is doubt as to the ownership of the weaponry or the impossibility of
sealing the safe/ deposit compartment, a formal communication must be made to the
Customs authority for the procedure laid down in art. 218, of R – 105.


Tony Gean Barbosa de Castro