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Mailing stuff to SP from the US (São Paulo)

I was thinking to get my brother (who lives in DC) to mail me a couple of pairs of gym shoes and clothing (like 2 shorts and 4 shirts). All together about US$500 and all new stuff.

Does anyone know how much taxes + other costs (in addition to shipping fees) I have to pay to receive these items here in Brazil? Someone told me to declare like US$40 bucks for all of these items but does that really work?

Any other suggestions or insights would be much appreciated!!

Thank you all in advance.