Algeria's cereal imports bill shrunk by 0.6% y/y to USD 3.16bn in 2013 despite import quantities rising to 10.03mn tonnes, up 2.5% y/y, Algerie Presse Service reported citing National Center for Informatics and Statistics (CNIS).
Overall wheat imports were flat year-on-year at USD 2.12bn with imported quantities slightly decreasing by 0.66% y/y to 6.30mn tonnes in 2013. Soft wheat imports totaled 5.2mn tonnes for USD 1.68bn, while durum imports amounted to 1.08mn tonnes for USD 433mn. In addition, the import bill for barley was up 33.6% y/y to USD 152.3mn for 514,798 tonnes. While imports of maize declined by 5.35% y/y to 891.7mn for 3.2mn tonnes.
Algeria's cereal imports increased to cover a shortfall in the domestic harvest for the 2012/2013 harvest season which came 900,000 qentars lower totaling 49.1mn qentars due to drought in the eastern wheat cultivating provinces.