Venezuelan government seizes warehouses owned by Pepsi-Polar
Venezuela's Vargas state solicitor said the governor's office will start the expropriation process. In the meantime, the company will continue regular operations
The information was disclosed by Vargas state solicitor Pedro Rodríguez, who said that the governor's office will request the warehouses of Pepsi-Cerveza Polar to be declared of public utility, which is the first step towards expropriation.
The plant's operations manager, Alejandro Simancas, said that the warehouses stored nothing but soft drinks, mineral water, and edible oil waiting for distribution to retailers. He also stressed that the plant will continue operations until a formal expropriation notice is given by the governor's office.
A shipment of over 30,000 tons of phosphate arrived at Puerto Cabello port in late July on board the Shi Long Ling, a Chinese-flagged vessel that began its long journey in northern Africa. The cargo boat docked on July 26 after traveling more than 3,200 nautical miles. Undoubtedly, this would just be considered one in many cargo ships crisscrossing the oceans if it were not for the fact that Venezuela has denounced Western Sahara occupation by Morocco and yet purchases the territory's natural resource products from the occupying power.