Venezuela's steelmaker Sidor records no exports in eight months
The state-run steelmaker produced 157,258 tons of liquid steel in January
Although Sidor's liquid steel output in January 2013 amounted to 157,258 tons and surpassed by 18.6% the figure recorded a year earlier (132,576 tons), the figure is 58% below that of January 2007 (373,000 tons), just one year before the nationalization of the company.
This year, the steelmaker aims at producing 4.45 million tons of liquid steel. Therefore, monthly output should total no less than 335,000 tons. This would allow the company to break even.
Sidor's CEO Pedro Acuña underscored that the company is reporting daily losses estimated at USD 2.6 million, based on last year's balance.
"As long as production does not reach 335,000 tons per month, the company will not break even and will continue reporting monthly losses, even despite all its income."
Regaining its international market share and increasing production would allow the state-run steel company to better off its financial status. In 2012, in fact, the board of directors approved a request aimed at exporting surplus steel within the framework of a program to be completed by December 2012. This could have allowed the company to obtain raw material, for instance. However, the company's goal was not accomplished.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
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.