Smuggling and Embezzlement
The Federal Revenue of Brazil, performing essential functions in order that the State can fulfill its goals, is responsible for fighting smuggling and embezzlement as set forth in the Internal Regulation, item XX of article 1 of the Annex to the Ordinance issued by the Ministry of Finance - MF nº 430, of October 9, 2017, "to plan, coordinate and carry out repression of smuggling, embezzlement, counterfeiting and piracy, illicit trafficking in narcotics and related drugs, international firearms trafficking and the laundering and concealment of goods, rights and values, with observance of the specific competence of other bodies".
The Federal Revenue of Brazil performs this role through its customs offices, distributed throughout the country, covering an area of 8.5 million square kilometers, with the purpose of protecting society by carrying out customs surveillance and promoting repression of smuggling, embezzlement, piracy, illicit drugs trafficking, international firearms trafficking, animals trafficking and other unlawful acts on international trade.
Among the works carried out by the Federal Revenue of Brazil in the fight against smuggling and embezzlement, is Operation "Fronteira Blindada" (Armored Frontier), a permanent action within the Frontiers Strategic Plan of the Federal Government, as established by Decree nº 8.903, of November 16, 2016. News on this Operation are available on the web page "Ações da Receita", in the Federal Revenue portal - "http://receita.economia.gov.br/sobre/acoes-e-programas/acoes-da-receita-federal".
Many actions fighting smuggling and embezzlement are carried out jointly with other institutions (Police Forces, Finance Departments of the States, Armed Forces, Inspection Agencies, Public Prosecution Office and Judiciary, among others). This mutual cooperation is essential in the fight against crime.
Therefore, the Federal Revenue avoids circulation, in the national territory, of products potentially harmful to health and the environment, and inhibits practice of crimes that generate unemployment, tax evasion and unfair competition to regularly established commerce and industry.