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Cuban Coal Shipment Marks First Export to US in 60 Years

By: Ysol Delgado - Jan 6, 2017, 12:15 pm
Marabu coal, noted for its superb flavor, is to be exported soon to the US (
Marabu coal, noted for its superb flavor, is to be exported soon to the US (RTVE).

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The first Cuban export to the United States in 60 years will be marabu coal. Despite the Washington-imposed blockade that currently restricts most of the island’s exports, an agreement was reached with regard to exporting and marketing this mineral.

Cubaexport was the company that signed an international contract with the North American company Coabana Trading LLC; the two companies recently signed a formal agreement on coal export.

This signing took place at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment (MINCEX), after a long series of negotiations. The agreement was spearheaded by the president of Reneo Consulting LLC, Scott Gilbert and the director of Cubaexport, Isabel O’Reilly.

According to the Granma’s website, Isabel O’Reilly explained that “This will be our first contract, but we hope to continue our relationship for many years, and not only with coal, but also with other products that we have ready to export like honey and coffee.”

They agreed on a price of USD $420 per ton, so far, the highest that CubaExport has achieved in more than 10 years of marketing this product.

In the international market the normal price for Cuban coal varies between USD $340 and $380 per ton.

Gilber said he was very proud to have participated in the deal and added that “this is a far-reaching agreement for economic relations between the two countries. The most important thing is that it means another plank in the construction of the bridge between the United States and Cuba.”

With respect to the takeover of Donald Trump on January 2, the president of Reneo Consulting LLC said that if the new administration believes in free trade, such agreements can be made without problems. “We look forward to working with the new government just as we have done with Barack Obama,” he said.

The process will begin with the agricultural cooperatives that will be in charge of cutting and processing the marabú coal. It will then be sold to another company that prepares and packages it for final export. Cubaexport is in charge of the formalities, sales, and exportation from the country.

It is important to remember that marabu coal is recognized for being one of the best in the world as it has a high energy capacity. It is produced in artisan kilns in a natural way and does not contribute to deforestation.

Source: Granma

Ysol Delgado Ysol Delgado

Ysol Delgado is a Venezuelan reporter with the PanAm Post from Mexico City. She specializes in public relations, digital marketing, and investigative journalism. Follow her on Twitter: @Ysolita.

Mexico’s Oil Company to Combat Gasoline Theft with Israeli Technology

By: Elena Toledo - @NenaToledo - Jan 6, 2017, 11:53 am
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EspañolGasoline theft is one of the biggest problems facing the state-owned oil company Pemex due to, among other things, the damage that criminal groups cause in distribution channels as well as fuel losses that result in millions of lost dollars. One of the areas most affected by the "huachicoleros" as they are known, is the state of Puebla, where every 100 kilometers there is a robbery of 15,000 barrels of gasoline daily — equivalent to 2,382,000 liters. Pemex has bought technology equipment made in Israel to combat the problem, a security system with cameras, a helicopter supported by the Mexican Army and night drones. In total, the area comprises 600 kilometers, the main area from which Pemex supplies Mexico with gasoline. However, these 100 kilometers are also the most dangerous and are located in a populated area comprising four municipalities in Puebla: Quimixtlán, Tepeaca, Tamachalco, Acatzingo and Palmar de Bravo. Read More: Gas Protests in Mexico Continue Amid Price Spikes Read More: Cuba Opposition Leader Argues Trump is Good News for Cuba Officials at the state oil company recognized the challenge of fighting gangs is not easy because when criminals connect their hoses to the pipeline they can extract 1,000 liters per minute. National Defense as well as Pemex security take 15 minutes to answer theft calls — an insufficient amount of time compared to the speed of "huachicoleros," who are usually gone by then. In the Israeli team that acquired Pemex, are special military trucks known as Stalker and Tiger. The first includes a special camera that has a range of 24 kilometers. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); }); It also has something called Leak Lab and AVL, which have electro-optical sensors, high-range radars and GPS systems, which observe criminals. The Tiger military truck receives real-time signals from the helicopter as well as the drones that monitor the area. Source: Milenio

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