Lighthouse dues (Taxa de Utilização de Farois)

The following lighthouse dues are applicable to foreign flagged vessels calling Brazilian ports. 

Vessel's DWT USD
Less than 1,000 Exempt
From       1,000 to   50,000 (exclusive) 1,500.00
From     50,000 to 100,000 (inclusive) 2,250.00
Over    100,000 3,000.00

Vessel's registered in one of the following countries are covered by reciprocal agreements with Brazil and are exempt from lighthouse dues (effective since 15 September 1994)

Algeria France Romania
Argentina Germany Russia
Bulgaria Poland United States of America
China * Portugal Uruguay

* Agreement does not cover Hong Kong, SAR or the islands of Kinmen, Matsu, Penghu and Taiwan.

Cargo vessels are liable for lighthouse dues at the first port of call at each state. If a vessel calls consecutive ports within a state then lighthouse dues are payable at the first port call and thereafter every alternating port of call within that state.

Passenger vessels are liable for lighthouse dues for the first two and the last two Brazilian ports of each voyage, regardless of the number of states visited.

English translation (provided by CNNT, Santos) of the text of Annex 2-G to Normam-08 issued by the Brazilian Maritime Authority, effective March 2000.

Tariffs applicable to foreign vessels.

Vessel's DWT USD
Less than 1,000 Exempt
From       1,000 to   50,000 (exclusive) 1,500.00
From     50,000 to 100,000 (inclusive) 2,250.00
Over    100,000 3,000.00


1. Payment in national currency; applicable rate of exchange the USD selling rate of the Bank of Brazil on the day prior to payment.
2. Decree 70.198 of Feb 24 1972 in its articles 3 and 4 establishes the applicable exemptions and additions for each vessel.
3. Ministerial Service Order (Portaria) 0451 of Aug 29 1991 (Administrative Bulletin 25/9/91), establishes the value of 1 (one) TUF.
4. Procedures to be followed by official departments to ensure uniform TUF collection:
4.1. Passenger vessels, recognized as such by a document issued by the respective Classification Society, shall pay TUF in the first two and the last two Brazilian ports of each voyage in Brazilian jurisdictional waters, irrespective of any agreement of reciprocity. When in doubt about the classification by the Classification Society, the Maritime Authority must be consulted.
4.2. All other vessels, in order to obtain the benefit of passenger vessels, must fly the flag of the countries which have a reciprocity agreement with Brazil, recognized by the Secretariat of the Federal Revenue. To maintain the concession of the benefit, the ship should not interrupt her regular liner activities during a period of more than 24 consecutive months.
4.3. Those ships which are not qualified under items 4.1 and 4.2 shall pay TUF in all ports of call of their voyage.
4.4. The obligations of the Brazilian Navy and the Federal Revenue are as follows:
a) The B.N. checks on the Classification Society's documentation and the number of Round voyages performed by the vessel during the previous year in the liner service which is being contemplated.

b) The Federal Revenue is to indicate the countries with which Brazil maintains reciprocity and issue the respective certificates
4.5. Vessels owned or chartered by national companies which are registered in other countries must pay the TUF tax, but vessels registered in Brazil and owned or chartered by foreign companies are exempted.
4.6. River tugs and pushboats, even if under foreign flag and tractioning a convoy of barges with a capacity in excess of 1.000 TDW, are not subject to TUF payment due to absence of a legal norm which formally defines such a convoy as one sole vessel.
4.7. Deepsea going tugs as well as ships engaged in off-shore petroleum platform activities with up to 180-days clearances, only pay TUF on the occasion of the issuance of the clearance.
 4.8. Only those vessels which perform expeditions on the Brazilian coastline and are classified by the Naval High Command as being scientific, supported by the corresponding authorization, do not pay TUF.
4.9. If a vessel paid the TUF tariff in port A and proceeds to port B in the same State, she is exempt in latter port.However, if she subsequently proceeds to port C also in the same State, payment is due in that port because no payment was effected in port B. If there is a fourth port in the same State after the call in port C, no payment is due, and so forth on an alternate basis, always within one and the same State.
4.10 Tankers which receive oil from drilling platforms do not pay TUF.
4.11. Vessels which after having discharged, await cargo at anchor, do not pay TUF when they reberth in the same port to receive a new cargo. They also do not pay TUF in the event of having to berth during the waiting period in order to receive foodstuffs, water etc. and subsequently return to their waiting location.
4.12. Vessels which after discharge leave the port area to wash down holds (as per Marpol recommendations) and subsequently return to their waiting location or reberth to load a new cargo in the same port, do not pay TUF again.
4.13. A vessel which anchors in the manoeuvring area of a port for the single purpose of receiving spares and continue her voyage, does not pay TUF provided that such an activity may not be considered commercial by the official departments.
4.14. Foreign vessels chartered by national companies, with a Brazilian crew, in the event of maintaining the flags of the countries of origin, shall pay TUF, unless they are able to obtain the Packetboat Certificate under the conditions foreseen in the prevailing legislation.
4.15.  Vessels registered in Brazil do not pay TUF; and
4.16. All other foreign vessels are subject to TUF payment in all ports, as many times as the number of calls in national ports.

Short list of ports according to State 


  • Maceió


  • Manaus


  • Camamu
  • Ilheus


  • Mucuripe (Fortaleza)

Espirito Santo

  • Ponta de Ubu
  • Portocel (Barra do Riacho)
  • Praia Mole
  • Tubarao
  • Vitoria


  • Itaqui


  • Belem
  • Mungoba
  • Sautarem
  • Trombetas
  • Vila do Conde


  • Cabedelo


  • Paranaguá


  • Cabedelo
  • Maceió
  • Natal
  • Recife
  • Suape

Rio de Janeiro

  • Angra dos Reis
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Sepetiba

Rio Grande do Norte

  • Natal

Rio Grande do Sul

  • Porto Alegre

Santa Catarina

  • Imbitiba
  • Itajai
  • Sao Francisco do Sul

Santana (Amapá Federal Territory )

  • Macapá

Sao Paulo

  • Santos
  • Sao Sebastiao


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