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Brazil Likely to Increase Barriers to Chinese

On March 8, 2012, the Brazilian Ambassador to China, Clodoaldo Hugueney, declared that Brazil will intensify its protectionist measures on Chinese imports, which totalled $3 billion in January 2012. Brazil’s main protectionist instrument is anti-dumping safeguards that the government implements, rather than first going to the WTO. From the 90 antidumping cases currently in place, 31 are on Chinese goods.

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Risks to Road Cargo in Brazil

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The main threat to cargo is highway robbery. According to NTC & Logística, the national association of cargo transport and logistics, there were 13,500 reported cases of cargo robbery in 2010 which resulted in losses of about $622 million. Just over 61% of all cargo in Brazil, much of it destined for export, is transported by road. The association itself

Exclusive Analysis: Latin America

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Latin America is particularly busy with protest action that risks disrupting food supplies in specific locations. Here are just a few examples:  Bolivia Bolivia experiences frequent bouts of extremely disruptive racially and politically motivated unrest. Violent demonstrations and blockades occurred in December 2010 to overturn a fuel price increase decree, in February 2011 to protest against food shortages and transport

Contract Risk: Restrictions on grain exports are not likely due to an abundant harvest, but major delays at seaports are to be expected.

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Official statistical data has recently been released and indicates that Russia will reap an abundant grain harvest in the 2011-2012 agricultural year. The preliminary estimate of the grain harvest stands at 93 million tons. This is in contrast with the previous year: On August 15, 2010, the Russian government imposed a comprehensive ban on all grain exports in response to