Moeller-Maersk and 407 other shipping lines increased their capacity to move containers 14 percent in 2006, the fastest pace in six years, as trade expanded, data from Containerisation International showed.
Chile's fisheries exports totaled 2.945 billion US dollars during the first ten months of 2006, up 19.6% over the same period a year ago, according to the Fisheries Under Secretariat, SUBPESCA. But figures also show that the total volume was 1.157 million tons compared to 1.36 million tons in 2005, which means 18% less.
Evolution of trade among Mercosur members in the last few years shows unexpected surpluses for Brazil and a lesser dependency on the group's intra trade than in the nineties, according to recent data from ALADI, Latinamerican Integration Association.
An outbreak of bovine brucellosis has been confirmed in the Chilean province of Osorno, according to the Minister of Agriculture Alvaro Rojas.
The Uruguay Argentina pulp mills controversy took another turn this week when the Argentine province of Entre Rios said it would ban all wood sales to Uruguayan pulp mills and picketers announced a complete land blockade of Uruguay sometime in mid January.
Former Argentine Minister of Economy Roberto Lavagna could become the main opposition candidate but his chances of winning October's presidential elections are slim said a reputed Argentine political analyst and public opinion polls expert
Venezuela called on the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, OAS, Jose Miguel Insulza to retract from censorship statements regarding the controversy over a television station license in Caracas.
Bolivia's government owned petroleum corporation YPFB will be announcing next week companies interested in supplying natural gas to Argentina following on the agreement recently signed and extending until 2026.
The international investment group which is capitalizing Uruguay's flag air carrier PLUNA plans to balance the deficit ridden company by the end of this year with a five to six months restructuring plan to be implemented once the incorporation of the group is signed at the end of January.
Argentina managed in 2006 to keep inflation below the two digits (9.8%) as promised earlier in the year, but the Buenos Aires press reveals the cost of such an achievement: the equivalent of 1.47 billion US dollars in Treasury handouts to keep the most sensitive items in the consumers and wholesales indexes in line with the target.