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United States
Securities and Exchange Commission

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 the month of

March 2005

Valley of the Rio Doce Company

(Translation of Registrant’s name into English)

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

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Press Release

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CVRD settles 2005 iron ore and pellet prices
with Italian steelmakers

Rio de Janeiro, March 9, 2005 — Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD), the world’s largest iron ore producer, concluded the iron ore and pellets price negotiations for 2005 with two Italian steelmakers: Ilva S.P.A. and Lucchini Siderurgica S.P.A. As an outcome of these negotiations, the following price increases were agreed upon:

  •   Carajás iron ore fines (SFCJ), FOB Ponta da Madeira, and Southern System iron ore fines (SSF), FOB Tubarão, had their prices increased by 71.5%,
  •   Tubarão blast furnace pellets, FOB Tubarão, had a price increase of 86.67%,
  •   São Luis blast furnace pellets, FOB Ponta da Madeira, had a price increase of 86.43%.

The current agreements involve an amount of iron ore and pellets of approximately six million tons for 2005.

CVRD reinforces the long-term commitment it has with its clients by investing a significant amount of resources, in spite of rising investment costs, in the production and logistics of iron ore in order to continue to contribute to their development. For 2005, CVRD capex budget allocated US$ 1.7 billion for investments in ferrous minerals. Currently, CVRD is developing six projects for iron ore production capacity expansion, which will come on stream between 2005 and 2007.

For further information, please contact:
Roberto Castello Branco: +55-21-3814-4540
Barbara Geluda: +55-21-3814-4557
Daniela Tinoco: +55-21-3814-4946
Eduardo Mello Franco: +55-21-3814-9849
Rafael Azevedo: +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 Comissão de Valores Mobiliários and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.


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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.

Date: March 10, 2005
  By:   /s/ Fabio de Oliveira Barbosa

Fabio de Oliveira Barbosa
Chief Financial Officer