A lack of effective policing leaves increasing risks of theft and extortion to cargo and grain warehouses by drug cartels unopposed

Perils: Terrorism Sectors, Assets or Individuals Affected: Cargo, Agriculture Analysis: On 22 March 2011, the Mexican warehouse association Aagede reported that organised criminals had started to targeted warehouses containing corn and vegetables in Mexico’s northern Sinaloa state. Their statement follows a 15 March robbery of 250 tonnes of corn from a warehouse owned by Graneros Unidos Jova in the industrial


Food exporters, especially from north-eastern Japan, are at high risk of having their export orders cancelled in the coming month.

Rafael Gomes

Peril: Contract Risk Sectors, Assets or Individuals Affected: All Sectors Analysis: In the past week, a number of countries have imposed screening of imports, primarily of food products, from Japan. These include China (including Hong Kong), Indonesia, South Korea and Thailand, while the European Union has recommended that member states start scanning imports as well. These measures come after reports

MARC SMART about new Medicare Secondary Payer Legislation – Introduces Strengthening Medicare and Repaying Taxpayers Act (H.R.#1063)

Roy Franco

On Monday, Congressman Tim Murphy for Pennsylvania and Congressman Ron Kind for Wisconsin introduced H.R. #1063 to bring needed improvements to the Medicare Secondary Payer Act.  Long overdue, the proposed legislation builds on the coalition’s previous effort last year when it launched H.R. #4796.  That legislation died last year when the 111th Congressional Session ended on December 31, 2010. H.R.

Cote d’Ivoire: Nationalisation of the cocoa sector is likely to lead to higher operating costs for trading firms still operating in the country

Rafael Gomes

Peril: Contract Risk Sectors, Assets or Individuals Affected: Cocoa trading Analysis: On 7 March 2011, incumbent President Laurent Gbagbo issued a decree taking control of the country’s purchase and export of cocoa. Cote d’Ivoire is the world’s largest cocoa exporter (producing 40% of the world’s cocoa), with the main cocoa production areas located in the southwest of the country, which