Venezuela-Colombia trade up 32.9%
Venezuela's exports to Colombia dropped 3.5%
Data recorded by Colombia's National Tax and Customs Agency (DIAN), based on estimates from the Venezuelan-Colombian Chamber of Economic Integration (Cavecol), reveals that Venezuela-Colombia trade totaled USD 2.68 billion, compared to USD 2.02 billion a year earlier.
The figure was registered before the enforcement of the Partial Scope Trade Agreement (PSA) entered into by the presidents of Venezuela and Colombia in 2011. It was not until November 19, 2012 when the Principal Customs Office of San Antonio del Táchira informed to Cavecol about the entry into force of the bilateral agreement.
The recorded figure represents a trade surplus for Colombia and a deficit for Venezuela, just as it has been over the last 10 years.
Venezuela's imports from Colombia in 2011 amounted to USD 1.5 billion, compared to USD 2.2 billion this year (up 44.3%).
In the meantime, Venezuela's exports to Colombia slipped 3.5%, from USD 482,000 in 2011 to USD 465,000 in 2012.
Translated by Jhean Cabrera
"Cocoa is to Venezuelans what wine is to the French," says Alejandro Prosperi, head of the Venezuelan Chamber of Cocoa, using this simile to express the paramount importance or the cocoa industry for the country. Often times heralded as "the best cocoa in the world," a passion for quality dating back to the sixteenth century has made Venezuelan cocoa growers to enjoy high prestige at international level and their product to be among the most sought-after in the world.