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Brazil to survey Amazon rainforest

Huge swathes of rainforest in the Brazilian Amazon have been cleared by loggers








The Brazilian government has announced that it plans to undertake the huge task of recording an inventory of the trees in the Amazon rain forest.



The Forestry Ministry said the census would take four years to complete, and would provide detailed data on tree species, soils and biodiversity in the world's largest rain forest.



The last exhaustive survey was carried out more than 30 years ago.





In that time the rain forest has become increasingly threatened by logging.






The Brazilian government made a commitment in 2009 to reduce deforestation in the Amazon by 80% by the year 2020.










'Inside knowledge'

According to the government, in 2012 the destruction of the Amazon rain forest reached its lowest level since monitoring began more than two decades ago.


But ministers said they would be able to act more effectively if they had more accurate data.


"We are going to come to know the rain forest from within,&q…

Camposol y Agricom comercializarán en conjunto productos en Europa ...

25 de enero de 2013






Paltas, uvas, cítricos, arándanos y granadas serán parte de la oferta






Agricom, una de las exportadoras de fruta más importantes de Chile y Camposol, empresa líder en el sector agroindustrial peruano, suscribieron un convenio para comercializar en conjunto sus productos en Europa.                                             







Por medio de un comunicado se informó que este acuerdo permitirá contar con una plataforma comercial y logística que potenciará su base de clientes en ese mercado.



Entre los productos que se comercializarán se encuentran paltas, uvas, cítricos,arándanos y granadas, entre otros.




“Estamos muy orgullosos de haber firmado este acuerdo, pues permitirá una consolidación conjunta de ambas empresas en Europa, aumentado nuestra oferta exportable de ambos orígenes. Adicionalmente esto abre las puertas a un intercambio técnico y al posicionamiento de marcas en un mercado crecientemente competitivo”, señaló Rodrigo Barros Tocornal, presidente de Agricom.





Dyer Cor…

FDA: FSMA FACILITY REGISTRATION DEADLINE LESS THAN 2 WEEKS AWAY ...

Hello Produce Importers,

The deadline for food facilities to register or update their old registration with FDA is fast approaching. 



 As advised previously, all Food Facilities (which includes your foreign suppliers) must re-register every two years, beginning in 2012, between October 1 and December 31. 



Because there was a delay with FDA's software getting up and running, the deadline was postponed until January 31, 2013, hitch is only two weeks away. 

 Please ensure that all facilities are registered to avoid delays with your import clearances.





Below is an article published by Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, the legal firm that presented the FDA FSMA Webinar a few months back and is very active in the international arena. 



As always, please contact us with any questions or concerns.







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CBP Warns of Refusal of Food from Foreign Food Facilities Not Registered with FDA



U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued Jan. 16 a message warning importers to ensure that the foreign f…

CARBON FOOTPRINT: Maersk Line reaches 2020 CO2 Target ...

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25-Jan-2013Maersk Line, the world's largest container shipping company, has reached its 2020 target of reducing CO2 emissions by 25% from its benchmark 2007 levels.




"We are proud to hit this mark 8 years ahead of schedule. It is confirmation we're on the right track. And to keep that momentum we're raising the target to a 40% reduction in CO2 by 2020," says Morten Engelstoft, Chief Operating Officer, Maersk Line.






"Maersk Line's focus on energy efficiency has made the company significantly more cost competitive. And by cutting our CO2 we've also lowered the CO2 emissions of our customers, thereby helping them meet their own CO2 targets," says Engelstoft.´Benchmarking data makes it possible for all customers to compare their shipping suppliers based on CO2 performance. Maersk Line experts help customers implement such benchmarking schemes to make CO2 part of the buying decision.





"We see an increased environmental awareness a…

DAVOS 2013: Roubini Says ‘Hyped Up’ BRIC Success at Risk on Rising State ...

Nouriel Roubini said, “BRICs have been hyped up too much.” Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg









By Lyubov Pronina - Jan 25, 2013 7:10 AM ET







The biggest developing nations risk overturning the achievements of the past decade by increasing the state’s role in the economy, according to Nouriel Roubini.

Roubini -- dubbed Dr. Doom for predicting hard times before the global financial crisis began in 2008 -- said Brazil, Russia, India and China have been moving away from market economies recently.








7:58

Jan. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Nouriel Roubini, co-founder of Roubini Global Economics LLC, and Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group, talk about the European debt crisis, U.S. fiscal policy and political tensions in North Africa. The speak with Tom Keene on Bloomberg Television's "Surveillance" on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland. (Source: Bloomberg)







5:22

Jan. 25 (Bloomberg) -- World Trade Organization Director-General Pascal Lamy discusse…

Durango Becoming Ground Zero for Zetas-Sinaloa Cartel Battle ...

Written by Dudley Althaus
Friday, 18 January 2013 

Media


Adrian de la Torre (second left) and Julieta Calvillo (second right)







In a videotaped interrogation (see below) posted on various blogs, two employees of the Durango prosecutor's office accused the governor and his secretary of public safety of "selling" criminal control of the embattled northern state to the Sinaloa Cartel. The accusations presage the tough fight between the Zetas and Sinaloa in Durango.



The dismembered bodies of both employees -- Adrian de la Torre, 25 and Julieta Calvillo, 58, -- were found January 12, along with that of a third official from the prosecutor's branch office in the city of Gomez Palacio. That city and neighboring Torreon have become a primary battlefront between the Sinaloa organization and the ruthless Zetas gang, with scores of executions tallied in recent months.






Flanked by two rifle-wielding and helmeted men in camouflage uniforms and answering questions from an off-camera inqui…

Sin Chávez pero con la presencia de Cuba, se reúne la Celac en Chile ...

Enero 25, 2013 7:03 am



Publicado en: Destacados, Internacionales, Nacionales




Un trabajador prepara el escenario del evento (Foto Afp)








Sin su máximo impulsor, el presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez, y con la participación estelar de Cuba, los 33 países de la Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (Celac) se reúnen este domingo y lunes en Santiago, en la cumbre fundacional del mayor foro regional sin Estados Unidos ni Canadá, reseña Afp.




Lanzada en diciembre de 2011 en Caracas a instancias de un Chávez ya enfermo de cáncer, la Celac es la culminación de un proceso de afirmación política de América Latina ante Estados Unidos, que comenzó en 1982 con el grupo de Contadora (Colombia, México, Panamá y Venezuela), para buscar una solución negociada a los conflictos centroamericanos.





Antes de abarcar toda la región y tras el fin de las dictaduras militares en el Cono Sur, el proceso fue reforzado por Argentina, Brasil, Perú y Uruguay.






(Foto Afp)






Cuba, plenamente reintegrada al ámbito region…