United States, Japan, Portugal, Spain and Italy, are the top five countries contributing the most remittances to Brazil. According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, about 4 million Brazilians live in the diaspora.
Approximately 50 per cent of Brazilians are in the United States. Paraguay and Japan take up 10 and 9 per cent respectively. Europe plays host to 25 per cent of Brazilian immigrants.
Statistics further reveal that most emigrants come from the following regions in Brazil: Minas Gerais, Goias, Parana, and Santa Catarina. It is quite interesting that most immigrants are people aged 35 years and above.
In 2018, Brazil recorded a total of $2.9 billion in remittances with Japan and the United States contributing slightly under 50 per cent. These numbers make money transfer a big business in Brazil.
Wherever you are in the diaspora, you can send money home to Brazil. There are official channels available to help you do so. However, knowing the different ways you can send money to Brazil, the information required, the role money transfer services play, and how your loved ones can receive the money you send is crucial.
This guide will run you through all that plus the different reasons why Brazilians send money home. Read along for a detailed exposition.
Sending money to Brazil is simple and easy. Follow these steps to get started.
There are multiple ways to easily send and receive money in Brazil but these will largely depend on the provider you decide to use. Below you will find everything you need to know about sending and receiving money.
Japan to Brazil, the United States to Brazil, Portugal to Brazil, Spain to Brazil, and Italy to Brazil, are some of the busiest transfer corridors. Therefore, it helps to know how money moves in these corridors and the preferred ways of sending to Brazil.
Slicing and dicing remittance data shows following main ways through which money gets sent to households in Brazil.
The Brazilian financial system has a total of 174 banks consisting of 153 commercial banks, 12 investment banks, four exchange banks, and four development banks. The banks operate over 30,000 branches and approximately 170,000 ATMs.
Most of the banks in Brazil allow for SWIFT transfers from remitters abroad. However, some of them may work through correspondent banks, making transfers costly and slow. The standard processing time for international wire transfers to Brazil from countries in Europe and North America is four business days.
It is also important to point out that time differences, working hours, banks verifications and approvals, and wire amounts can affect the transfer process. With that said, interbank transfers can be done either in person at a branch or through the online platform.
Very few banks allow customers to give instructions on the phone when doing transfers. However, customers with good bank relationships can call their account managers and transfer money to Brazil.
Brazil has witnessed a transactional change in its remittance corridors. Traditional money transfer platforms such as banks are paving the way for digital platforms like Money Transfer Operators (MTOs). We’ve created a comprehensive guide to showcase the difference in fees between banks and MTOs.
Small and medium money transfer service providers have increased their footprint in the Latin American country. However, the big international providers like Western Union, MoneyGram, Xoom, WorldRemit, TransferWise, and Transfast are still the dominant players.
For you to send money through MTOs, you need to sign up for an account, pay for your transfer using a debit card, credit card, or bank debit and send. You can sign up on their websites or through a downloadable mobile app.
Sending money can be done in different ways including visiting a physical store, filling in forms and depositing the cash; sending online or starting the process online and finishing it up at a physical store. There are three main ways you can send money to Brazil through the MTO platform.
This process is similar to interbank transfers. The difference is that the bank transfers are from the MTO platform. They also cost less and take a shorter time to complete. MoneyGram, WorldRemit, and Xoom can send to your bank in less than two working days. TransferWise launched transfers to Brazil in 2016.
Some providers have partnered with major banks in Brazil like Banco do Brasil, Banco Bradesco and Caixa for even faster transfers.
This mode of sending is almost instant. Your loved ones can receive the money in under an hour from agents in the payout network. Xoom has 250 pickup locations across Brazil including System of Credit Unions of Brazil. If you are sending from the United States, Western Union has over 42,000 physical agents you can visit. Also, you can send up to $5,000 with Western Union.
You can send money directly to Brazil through MoneyGram mobile wallet transfers. All you need is the recipient’s phone number and the international country code for Brazil to send. This method is fast and convenient.
Correios, the Brazilian Post, offers this international financial transfer service for Brazilians in the diaspora to send money home. It is a faster, cheaper and safer way to send money to remote parts of Brazil, thanks to the extensive postal network.
Brazilians can access money in over 6,000 accredited post offices across the country. The Central Bank of Brazil and the Ministry of Finance regulate the postal money transfer service.
When sending money to Brazil, you’ll be required to provide information to help in the smooth transfer of your money. The information may vary per provider and the prevailing circumstances. However, the following is just about all the information you will need to send money to Brazil.
Cases of money laundering and criminal network financing have increased globally. Therefore, you may be required to provide additional information such as the source and purpose of the funds.
There are several ways of receiving money in Brazil including direct bank deposits and cash collections. The choice of the receiving channel largely depends on the proximity, convenience and other personal preferences. The following are the ways through which you can access money sent to you from abroad.
If the sender has deposited money into the recipient account either through the MTO platform or SWIFT transfer, the recipient may have to wait for up to five days to receive the money. When receiving large amounts of money, this method is the safest.
Direct bank deposits are not very common in Brazil because close to 40 per cent of the population is unbanked. In rural areas, the percentage could be higher, thus locking out rural Brazilians from the mainstream financial services.
Amounts up to $5,000 can be comfortably received through this method. However, you should go with a family member, relative or friend when collecting large amounts for security reasons. If the agent is closer to a bank, you could immediately deposit the money. The same applies to money order cash collections.
If the sender used the MoneyGram mobile wallet transfer method, you should collect your money from a MoneyGram agent near you.
When your money finally arrives in Brazil, you’ll get an SMS notification or an email depending on the details the sender filled in. As you prepare to go and collect your money, you’ll need to put together the following information.
Providers such as MoneyGram may require that you fill out a form giving more details. Also, large amounts of money may attract scrutiny from the authorities.
Most of the people who leave Brazil are economic immigrants who hope for greener pastures abroad. They leave behind dependants who may be from the extended family or the immigrants’ children. The following are some of the common reasons why emigrants send money home.
High taxes, low labour productivity and poor infrastructure have made the cost of doing business in Brazil to increase. These costs are often passed over through basic commodities such as food, clothing, and utility bills. The direct impact is a rise in the cost of living and the need for income boosting.
Brazil has a 100 per cent government-funded public school system for children between the ages of 7 and 14. However, the quality of education, equipping of the facilities and other parameters make private schools the first choice for many families. Once consumption is covered, the extra money goes to paying tuition.
In Brazil, healthcare is a constitutional right. The government has put in place a Unified Health System to cater to all its citizens. In 2014, Brazil had a total of 6,706 hospitals. About 50 per cent of these facilities were in located in 5 out of 26 states. It is this unbalanced access to healthcare that is forcing many rural Brazilians to incur costs in search of health care treatment in private hospitals.
Whether it is home buying, ground-up construction or home renovations, Brazilians are sending money home to cater to these costs. Some of the money is used to repay mortgages for those who’ve decided to go that way.
Brazilians still have an attachment to their country and its development. Out of the money they send, some of it goes to savings for a rainy day. Investment is mainly in real estate and financial products like bonds and equities.
The sense of community and general good has led to many Brazilians sending money home as part of social contributions. They give to charity, social events, weddings, and funerals.
If you are looking to send money to Brazil, money transfer services will give you a much better deal than other transfer methods. The following are some of the reasons why you should try out services of MTOs like Xoom, MoneyGram, Western Union, Ria, TransferWise and WorldRemit.
Brazil is an influential BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) economy and the largest in GDP in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. Between 2003 and 2014, Brazil lifted 29 million of its population out of poverty. However, when sending to Brazil, take note of the following.
The Brazil remittance corridors are getting busier and lots of money transfer players are coming in. Therefore, knowing the nitty-gritty when sending money home will help you transfer your money faster, safer, and cost-effectively.
Sending money anywhere else in the world is as easy as sending money to Brazil. If you’re looking to send money to another country, here is the list of the most popular destinations.
Jonathan is the founder and editor of MoneyTransfers.com. Jonathan is highly experienced in the currency transfer market, having previously worked in the FX trading industry, alongside being an avid traveller. Using his knowledge he identified a need for transparency and further education to help people save money on their money transfers, leading to the creation of MoneyTransfers.com