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The ban that the Venezuelan Government recently
imposed to almost a hundred Panamanian companies is showing its true colors. The
fuss and dialogue of Nicolás Maduro Government officials suggest a trade breakup
with Panama. But a thorough review of the Caracas blacklist reveals the
precision with which Venezuelan authorities avoid to incur "collateral damage,"
thus evading the incorporation of registered companies or companies operating in
the isthmus that act as intermediaries in the supply business of imported food
for the Local Supply and Production Committee (Clap) in Venezuela. Incidentally,
they do not appear among the companies sanctioned by the Panamanian Government
of Juan Carlos Varela either.
example are FB Foods LLC and Wellsford Trading Corp, two shell companies
incorporated in the Panamanian capital that have been active in the shipment of
supplies for the Claps, a program implemented two years ago, aimed to ease the
ravages of the chronic shortage of essential goods among the low-income
population - the electoral customers of Chavism.