Meet the Blue Version of Raspberry Pi 3 Board, For Brazil Only

It’s always fun to buy electronics and gadgets from China, while there are sometimes technical “headaches”, they are mostly solvable and part of the fun. But in some cases, government regulations and customs ruin the party even before you get the device.  Most of the time, it’s just in the form of unexpected custom duties, but other times, you may get a phone call asking you to get some documents… With experience, I’ve learned to give up at that point, but I tried one before… The courier will usually not tell you exactly what you need, just some clues, so I’ll have to make a few phone calls… After 8 phone calls to different government officers, I discovered that I needed a document saying I do not need document… Hooray! But sadly, it could not be done over the phone, online, or by snail mail, I would have to go to some government office in person 700 km away. I estimated the total cost would be around $300 with uncertain results, so I gave up, and the device went to “customs heaven”.

The regulations vary from country to country, and in the past, I’ve read stories about outrageous custom duties in Brazil. More recently (today), I’ve also learned many electronics items required Anatel product homologation, some sort of telecommunications license, since the country does not recognize FCC/CE regulations.

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While it would be an impossible tasks for individuals to obtain this kind of compliance, you’d think companies should have a fairly easy time. Apparently not, as the Raspberry Pi Foundation has just announced an Anatel compliant Raspberry Pi 3 board, that’s exactly the same as the original Raspberry Pi 3 board launched in February 2016, except for having a Blue PCB, and a marking with ANATEL ID: 04908-17-10629.

The board is sold in Brazil only via FilepeFlop for 199.90 reals (around $60), a bit higher than in most countries due to fairly high custom duties. If you live outside of Brazil, and would like to add the board to your collection, the only options would be to go to Brazil, ask a friend in Brazil (provided he/she can ship it out of the country), and use some expensive virtual address/forwarding services.

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3 years ago

Well, Anatel, whose ethics sometime ago I was forced to dealt with, is nothing more than a “regulatory agency”, in other words, another scam that politicians usually set up to steal money from the people.
And, as always in Brazil, there is the official way , and the “other way” to do things, so it’s fairly easy to get a Raspberry Pi 3, for around R$160, most probably imported via Paraguay :

3 years ago

And here I thought that I live in a very corrupt country, but this them all :-))
Anyways thumbs up for not giving into this and not bribing the clerks to release your parcel.

3 years ago

Guess this should have been called blueberry then 😉

Emerson Almeida
2 years ago

Brazil continues to tax businessmen and the population, that ends the country. So even if the product comes from China, in my opinion, it is still very expensive.
Viva Brasiliero tax – this was an irony 🙂