The supply chain week in numbers

1 July 2016

4,000

The number of enquiries about obtaining an Irish passport, to Ireland’s embassy in Northern Ireland and local post offices, on Monday 27 June. Before the Brexit vote, there were typically 200 enquiries a day. The Irish government has warned Britons that the deluge of enquiries could overwhelm its consulates. You can understand the Irish government’s apprehension: six million people in the UK could be eligible for an Irish passport, having been born in Ireland or Northern Ireland or having an Irish parent or grandparent.

331

Cars manufactured in Venezuela in the past month, according to the country’s automobile association. In 2007, at the height of the oil boom, the country was producing 12,000 vehicles a month. In the midst of a severe recession, Venezuela lacks the hard currency to import parts. Many people have stopped driving with one Caracas accountant, whose car has been on the blocks for two months, explaining: “It’s better to sacrifice your car than your stomach.”

$10bn

The size of the war chest that Yilport, Turkey’s fast growing port operator, has to expand overseas. Half of that is earmarked for investment in ports with North America and South America targeted for expansion. The group is still integrating the recently purchased Iberian port operator Tertir with which it acquired a 50% share in a port in Peru.

5.7%

The Pakistan government target for GDP growth in 2017, as it looks – at the 11th attempt – to finally complete an IMF program. The second largest economy in Southern Asia will benefit from a $45bn investment by China in an economic corridor around the two countries. The government’s next target is to raise revenues: only 1% of the population are registered as taxpayers.

£1.14

The price per kg of tomatoes in India, more than double the cost only a few months ago. This year’s crop has been damaged by drought in West India and heavy rains and flooding in the South. Tomatoes are a staple food in India but many restaurants have had to drop tomato-based dishes. Prices of pulses and potatoes have also surged.

4

The number of Belgian Malinois dogs deployed to snuff out illegal wildlife products in shipping cargo and airport luggage in Julius Nyere airport and Dar es Salaam port in Tanzania. The canine detection team have been formed to deter trade in ivory. The African country was home to 43,000 elephants in 2014, compared to 110,000 in 2009.

$30bn

The extent of commercial investment in China’s life sciences sector in 2015, up 70% on 2014. The country is already the second largest pharmaceutical market after the US – it already spends $115bn on drugs – and the government is keen to ensure that not all that money swells the coffers of foreign companies.

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