Venezuela's car purchases from China at USD 52 million in 2012
Venezuela's National Statistics Institute said China is Venezuela's main automobile supplier
Consequently, national production has declined over the last four years and traditional brands have disappeared amid import restrictions while new actors are gaining ground.
Data from the National Statistics Institute (INE) reveals that China has become Venezuela's main automobile supplier.
Only during the first half, China sold Venezuela USD 52.7 million in transport vehicles, that is, 33.805% above the figure recorded during the same period in 2011. From January through June, 2011, China exported to Venezuela USD 155,621 in regular vehicles.
So far this year, China's car exports to Venezuela have grown 53% as USD 34 million in sales was recorded in 2011.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
Cristian Fonseca, a businessman in La Candelaria district downtown Caracas, was doing the accounts in his small shop office on Sunday December 21, 2008. The Christmas shopping season kept him working late hours into the night. It was around 11 p.m. and his phone rang. A friend broke the bad news to him over the telephone.