Red tape = too much paperwork that slows down business; bureaucracy (papelada; burocracia)
There is always a lot of red tape to take care of before releasing your goods from the port.
Há sempre muita papelada para cuidar antes de liberar os produtos do porto.
José Roberto A. Igreja is the author and co-author of several ELT books, including:
A BRAND-NEW ELT BOOK!
600 Phrasal Verbs (with Jonathan T. Hogan)
Fluent Business English (with Robert C. Young)
English for Job Interviews (with Robert C. Young)
Fale Inglês como um Americano (with Robert C. Young)
American Idioms! (with Joe Bailey Noble III)