Chancay: The new 3.5 B mega shipping port being built in Peru to service South America’s most rich regions

And who is building it? The Chinese, of course. When the US abandoned the region decades ago, they filled the vacuum. The $3.5-billion deepwater port, set to start operations late this year, will provide China with a direct gateway to the resource-rich region. Over the last 10 years, Beijing has unseated the United States as the largest trade partner for South America, devouring its soybeans, corn and copper. The port, majority-owned by Chinese state-owned firm Cosco Shipping, will be the first controlled by…

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Japan’s Oji sets up forest plantation company in Uruguay

Japan’s Oji sets up forest plantation company in Uruguay Japanese paper maker Oji Holdings Corp. has announced the establishment of a company in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, for forest plantation acquisition. According to Tuesday’s announcement, Oji Uruguay Forest Company SAS will buy a plantation straddling the northern Uruguay departments of Tacuarembo and Rivera for 288 million dollars. The acquisition increases the total area of the Oji Holdings group’s forest plantations by about…

Changing Farmland Investing Options

We think farmland as an investment is something that, in 5-10 years, will be a must in any professionally managed diversified portfolio. We are excited to be at the forefront of reporting the rapid changes in this exciting new market, which is now opening more opportunities for smaller investors via syndicates and specialised agro funds. Those smaller investors ( USD 70,000 to USD 250,000 ) seeking exposure to tangible assets with strong cash yields and low volatility have found it nearly impossible to get…

The Uruguayan Forestry Miracle

South America is highly diverse in ecosystems: rainforest, desert, mountain forest, dry forest, native pastures, wetlands, peatlands, grasslands, and mangroves create a melting pot of landscapes. Despite this diversity, the Amazon rainforest, which spreads across almost a third of the continent and occupies nine countries, tends to steal all the headlines. Last year, deforestation in Brazil increased by around 30%, the largest in a decade, while Argentina has lost 2.8 million hectares of native forests…

Eucalyptus Plantation Forestry Investment in Uruguay shows impressive returns

Uruguay has significant geographic, climate and competitive environmental advantages in modern Eucalyptus timberland plantation forestry, making it one the world’s lowest base cost Eucalyptus producers. The Uruguay forestry model driven by the state-of-the-art world, class pulp plant investments in Uruguay by UPM and Stora Enso/ Auraco has created a vigorous, sustainable and ultimately disruptive forestry model which is changing the dynamics of traditional timber markets on a worldwide basis on a scale last…

What are the restrictions on buying farmland in Uruguay?

1: Current Real Estate Ownership Restrictions in Uruguay Can foreigners own and occupy real estate in Uruguay, including shares in property-owning companies? Are there any restrictions? By Uruguayan law, any individual or legal entity may own real estate regardless of nationality or place of incorporation. However, specific regulations for agricultural land and rural exploitations require owners to be individuals or Uruguayan corporations with registered shares owned by individuals. Authorization from the Executive…

A more positive outlook for our region is a welcome development

Argentine President Milei’s radical change in direction after 70 years of Peronism is being watched inside the country (the poor and middle classes suffer most of the pain of change) and by the rest of the investment world as the changes occur. So far, the response has been positive, even by those most affected by the changes. Success will likely cause neighbouring countries to follow suit, attracting a flood of investment capital looking for a home in a troubled world. Europe, the US and the Middle East…

Shareholders Agreements are essential to avoid later problems when investing in Syndicates or Partnerships

The great news is that you can create a rule book (aka shareholder’s agreement) so that when things pop up, you all know how to deal with them. Staying aligned makes all the difference to your business’s success. This article explains why a shareholders’ agreement (your business prenup) is essential for every business with multiple owners. WHAT IS A SHAREHOLDERS’ AGREEMENT? Shareholders’ agreements are like rules that record how shareholders will work together and make decisions. What are the initial…

Uruguay declares an agricultural emergency in the east due to flooding

The government of Uruguay declared an agricultural emergency due to excess water in two departments located on the border with Brazil, while more than 2,800 people remained displaced due to floods caused by storms over the last two months, authorities reported this Wednesday (22). The Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries, Fernando Mattos, said that the decree covers 1,200,000 hectares in the departments of Rocha and Treinta y Tres in the country’s east. “This is due to the significant…

FATCA – America’s Tax Rort is Exposed

The FATCA, or the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, is a one-sided law that forces other countries to enforce US tax laws. If they fail to do so, they’re effectively locked out of US markets and the US dollar—the world’s reserve currency (at least for now). FATCA imposes a 30% withholding tax on interest, dividends, rents, and similar payments leaving the US. The only way to avoid the tax is for foreign financial institutions (FFIs) to act as unpaid IRS informants. Withholding occurred some years ago,…

Global Food Security Depends on Modern Agricultural Techniques

Studies released at a symposium in Washington, D.C., underscored the wide range of benefits modern agriculture has provided to society and emphasized the importance of continued innovation and new technologies to meet growing global food, feed, fibre and industrial needs. Research presented by a diverse group of experts in agriculture, economics, conservation, and food security detailed how technological advancements employed on farms and across the food chain have provided an abundant, safe, affordable food…

Agriculture is tipped to boom in South America

South American agriculture is set to boom. Enterprising investors, who’ve long been told South America is to become the ‘food bowl of Asia,’ should not be surprised. Asia’s demand for consumables will grow for decades to come, fuelled by unprecedented growth in its middle-class population, rising prosperity, and globalisation. The latest research has identified five megatrends in South American agriculture over the next 15 to 20 years. The critical megatrends identified by the research include: In a…

Argentine Fintech Giant Mercado Pago Requests a Banking License in Mexico: Why Did It Spark Criticism in Other Countries?

Marcos Galperin’s fintech will acquire a banking license in Mexico, a process that could take between 12 and 24 months. Although it is not licensed in other countries where it operates, it offers its clients a wide range of financial products. Mercado Pago announced that it will acquire a banking license in Mexico, a process that could take between 12 and 24 months. Thus, the fintech arm of Mercado Libre will seek to comply with regulations in Mexico and become the most prominent digital bank in that…

Carbon credits in the UK: A threat or opportunity for farmers?

Recent figures show that over half of farm sales last year were to non-farmers. There are reports of farmers being outbid for land that will be put into woodland or other offsetting projects. We explore the threats and opportunities of these schemes. Whilst there are opportunities for farmers to gain extra income streams from carbon credits and other environmental schemes, there has long been concern about food security and the impact on farming and food in the UK.  The aim of such schemes is to use low-quality…
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