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Brazil to increase capacity to help Venezuelan migrants


 BRASILIA: Brazil is increasing its capacity to help migrants crossing the border from Venezuela to escape the economic and political crisis affecting their country. The Social Development Ministry said Wednesday it is building 11 shelters in the northern state of Roraima where migrants will receive temporary housing, medical treatment and meals. The shelters will accommodate 500 people each and are ... Read More »

Brazil Feb economy activity underwhelms as recovery stumbles


BRASILIA:  Economic activity in Brazil barely expanded in February after contracting the month before, central bank data showed on Monday, suggesting the recovery hit a bump in the first months of the year. The central bank’s economic activity index rose 0.09 percent from the month before, less than the 0.15 percent median estimate in a Reuters survey of economists. The ... Read More »

Brazil vessel lineup for sugar 60 pct below same period last year


BRASILIA: The lineup of vessels to load sugar in Brazil currently is around 60 percent smaller than seen in the same period a year earlier because of lower output and tepid foreign demand, midway through the first month of the country’s new cane crop. Ten vessels were at Brazilian ports in the first week of April to load 393,500 tonnes ... Read More »

Brazilian trade delegation to visit Egypt next week


BRASILIA:  Brazilian trade delegation will arrive in Cairo next week to discuss ways of boosting commercial relations between Egypt and Brazil, Head of the Cairo Chamber of Commerce (CC) Ibrahim al-Araby said on Tuesday. He said that the delegation will include representatives of different fields, adding that bilateral meetings between the representatives and their Egyptian counterparts will be held to ... Read More »

Strong numbers for OZ’s potential Brazil gold mine


BRASILIA: The open pit project is estimated to have an initial capex cost of about US$108 million and payback of less than two years, with a pre-tax IRR of 73% and NPV of $231.6 million. OZ is in the process of taking over CentroGold’s owner Avanco for A$444 million in cash and shares. CentroGold was assessed by Avanco as a ... Read More »

Brazil soybeans rebound futures dip on fresh US tariff threat


BRASILIA: Premiums for soybeans over futures rocketed again late Thursday after the close as US President Donald Trump ramped up the rhetoric and proposed $100-billion of additional tariffs on Chinese goods. After ending Thursday offered at 155 cents over May futures and bid at 150 cents, May tonnes loading out of Paranagua surged back towards the 200-cent level in the ... Read More »

Brazil premiums rocket 70 cents on China soybean tax threat


BRASILIA: Premiums for Brazilian soybeans over futures contracts spiked at least 70 cents on Wednesday on the expectation of greater demand from China after the world’s biggest bean buyer said it would tax US imports of soybeans. Soybean front-month futures on the Chicago Board of Trade fell around 40 cents on the day to about $10/bu at time of press ... Read More »

Brazil federal tax auditors call two day strike


BRASILIA:  Brazilian federal tax auditors will start a two-day strike on Tuesday to demand payment of a salary bonus, their union Sindireceita said, a stoppage that could further reduce income tax revenue. Some 7,000 workers will strike, affecting a wide range of services to taxpayers and oversight at customs posts at Brazilian ports and airports, the union said in a ... Read More »

Brazil forum to focus on expanding trade ties with Arab states


BRASILIA: Arab-Brazilian Chamber of Commerce (ABCC) will host a forum tomorrow (April 2) in an effort to expand the trade relations between Brazil and its fourth largest export destination abroad, the Arab world. The one-day economic forum will be held under the theme ‘Building the Future’, in partnership with the Union of Arab Chambers and the League of Arab States, ... Read More »

Brazil’s pulp production grew 10.2% in January


BRASILIAS: Brazil’s pulp production grew 10.2% in January 2018 compared to the same month last year. This represents a total of 1.83 billion tons of pulp, as the Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá) said in the press release received by Lesprom Network. There was a small increase in total paper production, 1.9%, with the tissue sector standing out; production of this ... Read More »

Brazilian paper and pulp industry over view


BRASIL: Brazil primarily started in the 1950s. The industry was kickstarted by the BNDES (the development bank of Brazil). Silviculture was one of the five “priority areas” for investment and development for the Brazilian government in the late 1950s which was demonstrated through several eucalyptus pulp projects. The industry started with firm regulatory support and was further strengthened by a ... Read More »

Verescence sales its Brazilian business to focus on Europe and North America


BRASILIA:  Verescence (formerly SGD) has sold its Brazilian subsidiary Verescence do Brasil to Wheaton Brasil Vidros, the leading producer of high-end glass packaging for the cosmetics, perfume and pharmacy markets in Brazil. Thanks to this acquisition Wheaton consolidates its position in the Brazilian market and becomes one of the world’s leading glass manufacturers for the luxury sector. The operations of Verescence do Brasil, located ... Read More »

SA halts some meat imports from Brazil


BRASILIA: The department of agriculture, forestry and fisheries suspended meat imports from three Brazilian production facilities last week as a result of ongoing investigations by Brazilian authorities into alleged food safety fraud. According to Bomikazi Molapo, the department’s spokesperson, Brazilian officials suspended the facilities on March 5, after which South Africa suspended imports from these plants on March 16, when ... Read More »

Imports of food products from Brazil shut down amid safety check scandal


BRASILIA: The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has suspended imports of food products from various establishments in Brazil suspected of fraudulently evading food safety checks. Brazilian police are said to be investigating executives at the country’s main poultry exporter, BRF, after claims of corruption and the evasion of food safety checks in the Brazilian meat and poultry industries. In ... Read More »

Brazil fuel imports to fall from record as Petrobras cuts prices


BRASILIA: Brazil fuel imports are set to fall from a record as the country’s state-owned oil company lowers prices in a bid to regain market share. Petroleo Brasileiro SA, which owns 13 out of the 16 refineries in the country, cut diesel prices by 47 per cent and gasoline by 38 per cent at the refinery gate since January. As ... Read More »

Imports halted from Brazilian meat company


BRASILIA: Brazil by BRF, and was engaging with the relevant authorities on the matter. “Only three establishments, two of which are from the BRF company, have been implicated in the fraudulent activities. There is no indication that the other BRF plants are implicated. Investigations by the Brazilian authorities are ongoing. They have [also] suspended the establishments under investigation. None of ... Read More »

Brazilian consulate tells nationals caught importing drugs


BRASILIA: Brazil’s consulate in Auckland is telling its nationals that if they are caught smuggling drugs into New Zealand they will only serve a couple of years in prison, a court has heard. The claim was made today during the sentencing of a 33-year-old Brazilian man who was stopped at the border last year with up to $1.68 million worth ... Read More »

Starbucks expands in Brazil with new partnership


BRASILIA: Starbucks Coffee Co. has entered into an agreement with SouthRock, a multi-brand restaurant operator in Brazil, to license Starbucks retail operations in the country. Starbucks currently operates 113 stores in 17 cities across the states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, and the partnership with SouthRock will allow Starbucks to open more retail locations in Brazil, the company ... Read More »

Brazil cover-up allegations about salmonella in chicken


The latest phase of Operation Weak Flesh has involved 270 federal policy and 21 federal agricultural tax auditors, who performed 91 court orders across the country. The investigation is also looking at whether a number of private laboratories covered up the existence of salmonella in products from BRF. Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi said the latest phase of investigations dealt with ... Read More »

Structural reform needed to ensure Brazil’s inclusive growth


BRASILIA: Brazil is emerging from its long recession and is headed for solid growth in 2018 and 2019 as recent structural reforms start to bear fruit, but the country still has some way to go. The mixed outlook comes in the latest OECD Economic Survey of Brazil which notes that sustaining this recovery, unleashing Brazil’s full economic potential and spreading the benefits ... Read More »