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  • Governing law
    Name Law or Code?

    Federal Law No. 5,768, of December 20, 1971 ('First General Regulation on Promotions')

    Law

    Decree No. 70,951/72, of August 9, 1972 ('Decree 70.951') (provides specific regulations on Promotions)

    Law

    Ordinance MF No. 41/2008, of February 19, 2008 ('Ordinance 41') Updated general regulation of promotions

    Law

    Ordinance MF No. 422/2013 (related exclusively to Cultural Promotions)

    Law

    Federal Law No. 13,756/2018, of December 18, 2018 (changes the competence authority to deal with matters relating to Promotions from CAIXA to SEFEL)

    Law

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  • Extra-territoriality

    Yes. The Brazilian laws/rules are considered to apply to prize promotions in Brazil, including promotions operated purely online.

    Prize promotions in Brazil require prior approval from the Ministry of Treasury, through its internal department named Secretariat for Fiscal, Energy and Lottery Accompaniment ("SEFEL").

    Although the laws are silent regarding prize promotions organized by entities operated abroad, the First General Regulation on Promotions set forth that promoter entities must perform commercial, industrial, service and/ or real estate activities, as well as being in compliance with all tax payment and social security obligations. For that purpose, prize promotions can only be organized by companies duly registered in Brazil with a valid Corporate Taxpayer Identification Number (CNPJ/MF), which means that foreign companies must run prize promotions through their Brazilian subsidiary or in partnership with a Brazilian company that is in compliance with said requirements.

    The only exceptions to the requirement for approval occurs in case of exclusively cultural promotions, in which no marketing purpose is involved, and prize promotions organized by public entities.

    The distribution of the prize may be based on three different formats of prize promotions: Prize Draws (Sorteio), Coupons (Vale-Brinde) or Contests (Concurso).

    Finally, with respect to language, the law is very protective towards consumers, and it is necessary to offer all information and content in Portuguese.

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  • Skills competitions

    Yes.

    For the contest (Concurso) form of prize promotion, a contest occurs through intelligence tests, selection of predictions, calculations, or similar competitions of any nature. It is required that the conditions of promotions are applied uniformly, so as to guarantee equal treatment and opportunity for everyone interested in participating in the prize promotion.

    Promoters may provide that entry is subject to the participant presenting or delivering a label, wrapping, or packaging and/ or satisfying any requirements, preconditions or stipulations required by the promoter, relating to the products or commercial activity of the promoter, provided that said material does not constitute a series of multiple labels/wrappers/ packaging (see Other local requirements). 

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  • Prize draws

    Yes.

    For the prize promotion formats known as Prize Draws and Coupons, winning is connected to chance.

    Firstly, with respect to Prize Draws, assigned numbers must be issued and distributed concomitantly, randomly and equitably.

    As regards to the Coupons format of prize promotion, the method of winning is instantaneous, as it occurs by the winning coupon or prize being discovered inside the product or its packaging. This must be done in accordance with rules set forth by government agencies responsible for public health and control of weights and measures. In this case, the maximum value of the prize cannot exceed R$400.00 (approx. US$100).

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  • Selection of winners

    Promoters must guarantee that the prize promotion is conducted and the distribution of the assigned participation numbers are made in a concomitant, random and equitable way.

    The authorized entity will be the one responsible for identifying and notifying the winners. In case the winner does not collect its prize in up to 180 days, its right will be forfeited and the promoter must pay a corresponding sum as income to the state. Brazilian law does not allow the promoter to find an alternative winner.

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  • Judges

    There is no provision in this regard under Brazilian Law.

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  • Prizes

    Yes. The distribution of cash prizes and the conversion of prizes to cash is prohibited. Also, promoters may not distribute as prizes: medicines, weapons and ammunition, explosives, fireworks, tobacco and derivatives, alcoholic beverages above a certain alcoholic content.

    Furthermore, prizes must not:

    • Be related to or encourage gambling;

    • Generate an immoderate profit for promoters;

    • Impact negatively on the education of a child or adolescent;

    • Involve coupons or any other thing that imitates or resembles the national currency.

    General authorized prizes that are distributed in Brazil are:

    • Goods produced in Brazil or regularly imported;

    • Residential units, located in the country or in urban areas;

    • Tourism trips (encompassing the transport from the residence to the destination and from the destination to the residence of the winner, lodging and at least one meal);

    • Scholarships;

    • Tickets to concerts, parties and plays, along with a physical prize of any value.

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  • Registration requirements and fees

    An Authorization Certificate permit must be obtained from SEFEL.

    The fee to apply for this Authorization will depend on the prize total value: 

    Prize Value Fee

    Up to R$ 1,000.00
    (Up to approx. US$250)

    R$ 27
    (US$7)

    From R$ 1,000.01 to R$ 5.000.00
    (From approx. US$ 250 to US$ 1,254)

    R$ 133
    (US$ 33)

    From R$ 5.000,01 to R$ 10.000.00
    (From approx. US$ 1,254 to US$ 2,507)

    R$ 267
    (US$ 67)

    From R$ 10,000.01 to R$ 50.000.00
    (From approx. US$ 2,507 to US$ 12,536)

    R$ 1,333
    (US$ 334)
    From R$ 50,000.01 to R$ 100,000.00
    (From approx. US$ 12,536 to US$ 25,072)

    R$ 3,333
    (US$ 836)

    From R$ 100,000.01 to R$ 500,000.00
    (From approx. US$ 25,072 to US$ 125,360)

    R$ 10,667
    (US$ 2,674)

    From R$ 500,000.01 to R$ 1,667,000.00
    (From approx. US$ 125,360 to US$ 417,951)

    R$ 33,333
    (US$ 8,357)

    Above R$ 1,667,000.01
    (Above approx. US$ 417,951)
    R$ 66,667
    (US$ 16,715)
    Note: Fees as at 10 January 2019 and subject to change.

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  • Other local requirements

    The maximum value of a prize will be fixed based on the operating income of the promoter or the nature of its economic activity, so as not to distort the market.

    The Authorisation certificate number must be included in all promotional material.

    The prize promotion must not allow the promoter(s) to use the promotion authorisation to exploit the promotion as a source of income.

    Promoters of prize promotions must not create an exaggerated expectation of obtaining prizes.

    The award of a prize cannot be conditional on the participant collecting a series of product-related items (eg cards, stickers, objects, labels, packaging, and wrappers).

    The distribution of prizes must not be linked to the results of the Sports Lottery. Promoters must ensure equal treatment for all competitors.

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  • Timing

    It is required by the law that all requests for Authorisations must be filed within the minimum prior term of 40 days before the initial date of the promotion and/or its marketing campaign.

    Also, the execution period of the promotion may not exceed 12 months.

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  • Translations

    All documents that are mandatory to request the Authorization Certificate must be presented in Portuguese, as well as all information disclosed to consumers / participants.

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  • Penalties for non-compliance

    The main situations where Administrative Proceedings may be initiated and sanctions may be imposed are:

    • Promoting free distribution of prizes without prior authorization of SEFEL;

    • Non-compliance with the approved promotions terms and conditions;

    • Failure to deliver an accountability report to SEFEL, after the end of the promotion.

    In those scenarios, the Brazilian legislation provides for the possibility of the following penalties:

    • Cancellation of the authorization;

    • Prohibition of free distribution of prizes for a period of up to two years;

    • Fine up to 100% of the total value of the prizes;

    • Fine of 10 to 40 times the highest minimum wage in force in Brazil (this can be doubled in the case of recurrence).

    Such penalties may be applied independently or together, and may be combined with the suspension / cancellation of the Authorisation Certificate.

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  • Restrictiveness of regulations

    Not very restrictive. While authorization is required, the authority is usually aiming to approve promotions and work alongside promoters in order to find a better way to enable the promotion to be run.

    In view of that, it is not likely that a prize promotion mechanic will be refused altogether.

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  • Regularity of sanctions

    Fines are imposed, however not very often. There are no provisions for prison sentences.

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  • Key contacts
    Paula Mena Barreto
    Paula Mena Barreto
    Partner Campos Mello Advogados [email protected] T +55 21 3262 3028
    Manoela Quintas Esteves
    Manoela Quintas Esteves
    Associate Campos Mello Advogados [email protected] T +55 21 3262 3042

Governing law

What are the main applicable governing laws or codes for prize promotions?

Brazil

Brazil

Name Law or Code?

Federal Law No. 5,768, of December 20, 1971 ('First General Regulation on Promotions')

Law

Decree No. 70,951/72, of August 9, 1972 ('Decree 70.951') (provides specific regulations on Promotions)

Law

Ordinance MF No. 41/2008, of February 19, 2008 ('Ordinance 41') Updated general regulation of promotions

Law

Ordinance MF No. 422/2013 (related exclusively to Cultural Promotions)

Law

Federal Law No. 13,756/2018, of December 18, 2018 (changes the competence authority to deal with matters relating to Promotions from CAIXA to SEFEL)

Law