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October 23, 2006

Venezuela: anti-Americanism not considered when exporting to US

Topics: International News, Latin America, Venezuela

The strategy of Chavez's anti-Americanism (he even said US should be destroyed) looks like a bit contradicted by the facts: Venezuela is now the 6th commercial associate with US (tip: Spanish blog Escepticismo y libertad).

US Exports to Venezuela were $4,888.4 millions between January and July, 2006, which is more than all the US exports to Venezuela in 2004 and a 140% more than the US exports in the first semester of 2005.

According to a statistical report of US Census, made public yesterday by US Commerce Department in Washington, Venezuela is the 10th US oil supplier in the world, mainly of petrol.

Venezuela also is in the group of the 10 more important commercial associates of US, only after China (the first in the list), Japan, Canada, Germany and Mexico and before France, Brazil and Russia.

These numbers will increase at the end of 2006, because during September, October and November the commercial activity is usually much more important than in the first 6 months of the year, explained Joe Tafchinski, US Commerce Department's speaker in Washington, who made the statistical analysis.

The balance of trade with USA benefited Venezuela, who obtained a superavit of about $15,000 millions, which at the end of 2006 could increase more than $30,000 millions.

What will be the impact of the boycott some US people are doing of CITGO, the Venezuelan oil company? There are even bloggers united for that purpose. Don't know how much effective this campaign will be, but US Energy Department is going to accept the discounted fuel from CITGO (tip: Blue Star Chronicles), although CITGO has conducted anti-American rallies in Haarlem. At the same time, Alaskans have rejected oil coming from Chávez.

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Posted by Eurabian at October 23, 2006 4:11 AM

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