NFe 4.0 Introduces Unprecedented Product Traceability
NFe 4.0 ushers forth new requirements that make a new level of product tracking possible. Specifically, the SEFAZ, Brazil’s tax authority, requires companies subject to sanitary regulations or recall cases, as well as those that produce agricultural pesticides, veterinary products, dental products, medicines, beverages, bottled waters, food packaging, etc., to report:
- Date of Manufacture
- Expiration date
- Batch number
Brazil is integrating fiscal electronic documents conveying these details with its Brazil-ID tracking initiative, allowing the government to track the movement of goods all the way to the consumer (via NFCe, or final consumer invoices). In pursuit of Brazil-ID, the country has installed almost 100 license plate readers using OCR technology (Optical Character Recognition), and Brazil’s main highways include radio frequency (RFID) tracking. With these technologies, the country can conduct cargo inspections in motion – starting as soon as a shipment leaves – and has already registered more than 6.2 million transit events.