Today, Miami International Airport (MIA) and the Brazilian postal service, called Correios, kicked off “Compra Fora,” a new expedited e-commerce service that can accommodate packages of all sizes from anywhere in the world to be pre-cleared by Correios and shipped anywhere within Brazil as domestic cargo.
With the Compra Fora service (which mean “Buy Outside”), these shipments can be made anywhere within the vast reaches of Brazil in mere days, instead of weeks or months under the regular postal service, MIA said.
MIA was chosen as Correios’ first airport partner under Compra Fora partner due to the airport’s many cargo flights between the United States and Brazil, comprising 38 percent of the MIA-Brazil air trade market, representing US$12 billion in cargo shipments annually.
“Compra Fora is the latest collaborative effort we’ve engaged in to streamline and expedite the shipping process across our global cargo network,” said Lester Sola, MIA’s director and CEO. “The Brazilian government has designated MIA as the only U.S. airport able to pre-clear e-commerce bound to Brazil.”
The service is operated under a joint venture between Miami-based logistics providers SinerlogUSA and Interport Logistics. Items purchased by registered Compra Fora customers in Brazil are first stored at Interport’s Miami facility, located within Miami-Dade County’s Foreign Trade Zone, and then “inspected, pre-cleared and shipped” from MIA under the Correios label. The shipments are then flown to Brazil and transported to their final destinations via Correios’ domestic logistics network.
“Compra Fora allows Brazilian customers to have their own postal network addresses, schedule and group their shipments, pay any required taxes or fees, and track their order with the Sinerlog Safety Tracker system,” said an MIA spokesperson.
MIA cited statistics from market research firm Statista, forecasting that Latin America will see “strong e-commerce growth” this year, which could lead to $64.4 billion in sales for 2019 – roughly doubling the figure from 2015.