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Customs Flag

Bandeira da Alfândega

Brazilian Customs Flagby Željko Heimer

The customs flag of Brazil is blue with a centered large white star.
Source: Christian Fogd Pedersen, Flaggor i färg (1973).
Marcus Wendel, 15 September 1999

Same flag shown in Flaggenbuch (1939).
Ivan Sache, 30 May 2000

In Album de Pavillons (2000) the ratio is not indicated and the image seems to be different from 3:4 flags of the Navy (seems to be 32:46, which matches well with 7:10 of the national flag). Not unexpectedly, the Navy Ceremonial does not mention the flag, as it is not a flag used by the Navy. Znamierowski only mentions it without a description or image (on page 73).
Željko Heimer, 25 March 2001

I did some digging into how this flag is used and discovered that it is not a customs flag in the sense of a flag used to represent the customs service (Sistema de Controle Aduaneiro) or the customs officers at the various ports (Inspetores da Alfândega) but as a signal "hoisted on incoming vessels subject to customs examination" (Barraclough and Crampton 1978 and 1981). I found confirmation of this in the directions for tankers arriving at Petrobras terminals and the site of the Ultramar Group, a port agency serving ports in Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. The Petrobras site says, "Before the visit, the ship should hoist the Customs flag (blue with white star)." Ultramar goes further to say that the flag is to be flown 24 hours a day after customs is cleared.
Joseph McMillan, 2 July 2001


Polícia Federal

Brazilian Police Flag image by Joe McMillan, 3 April 2005

The Federal Police flag was seen being raised in front of the Polícia Federal headquarters in Brasìlia. It is blue with the Polícia shield.
Joe McMillan, 3 April 2005

Police Ensign, 1939

Brazilian Police Ensign, 1939 image by Ivan Sache

Black P on a blue field. Source: Flaggenbuch (1939).
Ivan Sache, 30 May 2000

Police Standard, 1939

Brazilian Police Standard, 1939image by Ivan Sache

Black Polícia on a white pennant.

I don't know the real use of the two police flags. Flaggenbuch captions them Polizeiflagge and Polizeistander respectively.
Source: Flaggenbuch (1939).
Ivan Sache, 30 May 2000

Note the letters are set to the hoist, so they can be visible in low wind conditions.
António Martins, 31 May 2000