CVRD Concludes Negotiation with Baosteel


CVRD Concludes Negotiation with Baosteel

Rio de Janeiro, October 19, 2001 - Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD) reports that, having fulfilled all terms and conditions established in the contracts signed on August 21of this year with Shanghai Baosteel Group Corporation (BAOSTEEL), both companies formalized proceedings on October 18, 2001, for implementing a business partnership. This includes the creation and co-management of a company in Brazil, BAOVALE MINERACAO S.A., as well as a long-term iron ore supply contract between CVRD and BAOSTEEL, the largest steel mill in the People's Republic of China.

As previously announced in the August 21, 2001 press release, CVRD is expected to earn a total revenue of US$ 2 billion over the next twenty years as a result of this business deal.

CVRD'S role in the Asian market has become stronger and more significant through this transaction, considered by both corporations to be a historic benchmark in business relations between Brazil and the People's Republic of China.


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CVRD Concludes Negotiation with Baosteel