Builders Threaten to Halt Panama Canal Expansion – European builders have threatened to abandon the Panama Canal Expansion project if the Panama Canal Authority does not agree to pay $1.63 billion in cost overruns, about 50% over the original $3.1 billion contract. The company sent a letter to the Authority on December 31st announcing a work suspension if their demands are not met within 21 days.

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Brazil to Fund Deep-Water Port in Uruguay – Brazil is making plans to fund 80 percent of a new deep-water port in Rocha, Uruguay. Construction on the $500 million project will begin in about a year. Uruguay needs another deep-water port because its current ports have already been handling record loads.

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South Korea Discusses FTA with China – Next week South Korea and China will hold a new round of talks for a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA). The new round of talks will continue to focus on the level of removal or reduction of restrictions on the exchange of goods between nations.

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