FORM 6-K

                                 UNITED STATES
                             WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

                        REPORT OF FOREIGN PRIVATE ISSUER
                      PURSUANT TO RULE 13a-16 or 15d-16 OF
                      THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

                               For JUNE 11, 2002

                           Companhia Vale do Rio Doce
             (Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter)

                        Valley of the Doce River Company
                (Translation of Registrant's name into English)

                         Federative Republic of Brazil
                (Jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)

                          Avenida Graca Aranha, No. 26
                      20005-900 Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
                    (Address of principal executive offices)

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                           Companhia Vale do Rio Doce

                               TABLE OF CONTENTS

This Form 6-K contains the following:

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1.   Press Release entitled "CVRD Sells Its Last Pulp and Paper
     Assets" dated June 10, 2002.....................................    3

[GRAPHIC OMITTED] Companhia                                 Press Release
                  Vale do Rio Doce

                   CVRD Sells its Last Pulp and Paper Assets

Rio de Janeiro, June 10, 2002 - Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD), and its
wholly owned subsidiary, Florestas Rio Doce S.A (FRDSA), have signed a letter
of intent with Aracruz Celulose S.A. (Aracruz) and Bahia Sul Celulose S.A.
(Bahia Sul) establishing general guidelines and conditions for the purchase and
sale of assets (land and eucalyptus forests) owned by FRDSA in the Sao Mateus
region of Espirito Santo state in Brazil.

The assets consist of approximately 100,000 acres of land and the eucalyptus
forests thereon. The transaction, valued at some R$ 137,000,000.00 (one hundred
and thirty-seven million Reais), is subject to the variations inherent in such

The closing of the deal is subject to the completion of a forest, legal and
financial audit being conducted by Aracruz and Bahia Sul, as well as the
negotiation and execution of all contracts and documents required to finalize
the transaction.

The divestiture of these assets is an integral part of CVRD's strategy of
positioning itself as a global, diversified mining company, with associated
businesses in logistics and power generation.


                                       For further information, please contact:
          Roberto Castello Branco: castello.branco@cvrd.com.br +55-21-3814-4540
                        Andreia Reis: andreia.reis@cvrd.com.br +55-21-3814-4643
                    Barbara Geluda: barbara.geluda@cvrd.com.br +55-21-3814-4557
                    Daniela Tinoco: daniela.tinoco@cvrd.com.br +55-21-3814-4946
                    Rafael Azevedo: rafael.azevedo@cvrd.com.br +55-21-3814-4700

This press release may contain statements that express management's
expectations about future events or results rather than historical facts. These
forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause
actual results to differ materially from those projected in forward-looking
statements, and CVRD cannot give assurance that such statements will prove
correct. These risks and uncertainties include factors: relating to the
Brazilian economy and securities markets, which exhibit volatility and can be
adversely affected by developments in other countries; relating to the iron ore
business and its dependence on the global steel industry, which is cyclical in
nature; and relating to the highly competitive industries in which CVRD
operates. For additional information on factors that could cause CVRD's actual
results to differ from expectations reflected in forward-looking statements,
please see CVRD's reports filed with the Brazilian Comissao de Valores
Mobiliarios and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.


     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the
registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the
undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.

                                           COMPANHIA VALE DO RIO DOCE

                                           By: /s/ Roberto Castello Branco
                                               Name:  Roberto Castello Branco
                                               Title: Head of Investor Relations

Dated: June 11, 2002