November 19, a ship berthed in the port of Puerto Cabello - the main terminal of
the country, located in the state of Carabobo - with the holiday cargo. The pine
trees were dispatched by Postar Intertrade Limited to the Venezuelan Foreign
Trade Corporation (Corpovex), a state-owned company responsible for centralizing
public purchases, chaired since its birth in 2013 by Giuseppe Yoffreda, a Major
General of the Venezuelan Air Force.
port records reveal that the Christmas trees, coming from the port of
Philadelphia, U.S.A., weighed together almost 58 tons. Corpovex does not publish
or reveal information about the purchases made, but whoever follows the trail of
Postar Intertrade Limited will run into the now infamous Samark
the web where Samark López responded to OFAC, admitting that he "has known
Tareck El Aissami for several years" and denying being "involved in drug
trafficking," the businessman mentions that in addition to Profit Corporation
and Yakima Trading Corporation —included in the list of the 13 assets blocked by
the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Postar Intertrade Limited is also his.
"Founded in 2013, Postar has a modern warehouse the size of three football
fields, where the trucks line up for national distribution. Today, Postar
employs three thousand people and leads the way as a model of success in the
Venezuelan private company." The portal also specifies that the company is
engaged in the supply of building materials for social interest
version on the Postar Intertrade Limited website is different. "We specialize in
bulk commodities trading and add value through our logistics and management
service portfolio." In the contact information, there is hardly a reference to
an office in New York, an email and a telephone number.
López does not appear in the company's papers. That may be the reason why Postar
Intertrade Limited did not fall on the OFAC list known on Monday, February 13.
But the persons and addresses associated with Postar Intertrade Limited lead to
whom the U.S. Government presented to the world as the figurehead of the Vice President of
Venezuela and former Governor of the State of Aragua.