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Algeria's dairy imports up 70%, milk exploded

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Staff writer ▼ | February 6, 2015
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Algeria   Algeria imported 3.5 billion liters of milk

Algeria's dairy imports reached $1.91 billion last year, up 69% from 2013, according to the Algerian Customs' National Centre of Data Processing and Statistics (CNIS). The amount imported was 396,000 tons, up 43%.

Sugar imports were down 4.74% in 2014 from 2013, to $861 million. Quantity-wise, however, Algeria imported nearly 2 million tons, up 6.17% from 2013.

The lower spending on sugar, coupled with a higher amount purchased, owes itself to the fact that the product's international price is on its way down. The plentiful supply in producing countries, Brazil being the leading one, and the low oil prices, which caused ethanol production at sugar and ethanol plants to be trimmed down, have pushed sugar prices down.

As regards milk, The Algerian government is taking measures to support local production in a bid to limit imports. Algeria's milk output went from 1.2 billion liters in 2000 to 3.5 billion in 2014, but still falls short of domestic demand, estimated at around 5 billion liters per year.

The country's total food imports reached $11 billion last year, up 19% from 2013.


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