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 January 09, 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 Iron Ore Exports Set a New Record
     in 2001", dated January 8, 2001...................................      3


     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/ Eduardo de Carvalho Duarte
                                             Name:  Eduardo de Carvalho Duarte
                                             Title: Chief Accountant

Dated: January 09, 2002

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[LOGO OMITTED] Companhia                                           Press Release
               Vale do Rio doce

                 CVRD Iron Ore Exports Set a New Record in 2001

Rio de Janeiro, January 8, 2001 - Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD) informs
that its iron ore and pellets exports reached an all time high in 2001. Despite
the global recession, CVRD group exports, computed as the external sales of the
parent company, Socoimex, Samitri, the pelletizing joint ventures (Nibrasco,
Itabrasco, Hispanobras and Kobrasco) and Urucum, totaled 103.2 million tonnes
last year against 101.6 million tonnes in 2000, a 1.6% increase. Socoimex was
consolidated into CVRD on August 2000, while Samitri was consolidated on
October 2001.

This result reflects CVRD ability to weather the downcycle, thanks to its
diversified portfolio of high quality products and to the effectiveness of its
client oriented policy.


                                        For further information. please contact:
                  Roberto Castello Branco: castello@cvrd.com.br +55-21-3814-4540
                              Andreia Reis: andreis@cvrd.com.br +55-21-3814-4643
                            Barbara Geluda:  geluda@cvrd.com.br +55-21-3814-4557
                            Daniela Tinoco: daniela@cvrd.com.br +55-21-3814-4946

This release includes "forward-looking statements" that express expectations of
future events or results. All statements based on future expectations rather
than on historical facts are forward-looking statements that involve a number
of risks and uncertainties. and the company cannot give assurance that such
statements will prove to be correct.