The approval on February 15 forced imported robusta to be subject to a 2% tariff.
Brazil plans to import one million sacks of coffee, each equivalent to 60kg, by this May with a maximum 250,000 sacks per month.
As the world’s top green coffee producer and instant coffee exporter, Brazil produced 49.6 million sacks of coffee, up 14.8% annually.
However, robusta, accounting for 17% of the total production, were packed into 8.3 million sacks, down 25% from 2015 and hitting a low record in the past 12 years.
Arabica is mainly used for roasted and ground coffee production while robusta is for instant coffee.