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Government approves bump to exemption quota for research input imports in 2022

The Brazilian government has increased exemption quotas for scientific research inputs. Photo: Shutterstock
The Brazilian government has increased exemption quotas for scientific research inputs. Photo: Shutterstock

The Brazilian scientific community will be able to breathe a little easier in 2022 with the news that the government has approved a bump in exemption quotas for the import of equipment and inputs aimed at scientific and technological research.

In a statement, Brazil’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Ministry (MCTI) disclosed that the amount approved for this type of import exemption this year is USD 388.5 million, valid from January 1.

Researchers from the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq), Scientific and Technological Institutions (ICTs), and companies accredited by the CNPq/MCTI are entitled to this exemption.

The quota is essential for the continuity and expansion of scientific and technological research in Brazil, including work aimed at confronting Covid-19. 

Last year, the allocated quota for the year ran out as early as May. As a result, subsequent purchases of inputs were often suspended or saw prices skyrocket, which significantly affects scientific research. In 2021, the quota was just USD 93.29 million, compared to the USD 300 million earmarked in 2020.