Embassies in Venezuela sending security alerts to their citizens

The enomical crisis taking place in the country plus the goverments desition to demonetize the economy by maintaining the exchange control plus banning the higher-value banknote (VEF 100) has caused a massive wave of protests and riots with raiding into stores of all kinds and houses of some mayor Venezuelan cities. Since a few years ago, some countries such as the US, France, England, etc have send alerts to their citicens regarding the social insecurity on the streets. Yesterday the chinese embassy did the same by sending alerts to their citizens plus activating bilateral mechanism to request the Venezuelan government to ensure theirs citizens personal and economic safety. We strongly recommend all crew members to avoid taking shore leaves in Venezuela as foreing people carrying foreing currency are usually easy and the most wanted targets to criminals.
Herebelow we include some links from press and embassies sites cofirming this information:
Should you have any question about this or any other matter, please don’t hesitate on contacting us.
Francisco Villanova
Venepandi, C.A.

New currency exchange system introduced by the government with the exchange agreement N°35

With the new economic announcements by the government and the exchange agreement N°35 enforced since March 9th, two rate of exchange are now applicable for all transactions involving foreign currency locally. 

General advice regarding Loading of coal at Venezuela

As per recent monitoring, the loading of coal at Maracaibo is presenting issues relative to discrepancy between ship/shore figures but also cargo issues for not complying with the IMSBC code.

General advice for ship´s loading DRI A (HBI) at Orinoco River

Since the reactivation of Palua´s and San felix´s (Orinoco river) HBI plants that has increased significantly the shipments of the mentioned cargo, risks have increased for which we´ve prepared this circular including some precautionary measures and advice for all vessels calling locally to take into consideration.

Structural changes to the customs rules with a more punitive system

A new organic customs act became enforceable since January 2015 with important changes to some procedures and a significant increase on the punitive power of the customs administration.

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