Angola does not produce its own wheat and began importing it in January for milling purposes, the USDA said. The first import arrived at the Cerangola flour mill in Lobito, Benguela Province, that reopened after 10 years of inactivity.
One of Angola’s newest mills, the Grandes Moagens de Angola (GMA), processes about 1,200 tonnes of wheat per day, including 930 tonnes of flour and 260 tonnes of bran, the USDA said. The privately-owned mill is located in the Port of Luanda.
A second wheat mill is scheduled to open later this year, the USDA said. The mill’s starting capacity is 500 tonnes per day and it is expected to increase to 1,000 tonnes per day.
According to the report, Angola’s National Shippers Council estimated the country’s wheat flour demand is expected to hit 730,000 tonnes by 2020.
“Importers in Luanda have reported a glut of inexpensive wheat flour on the Angolan market — due in part to Turkish wheat flour subsidies of $60 per tonne — as one challenge facing wheat exports to Angola,” the USDA said. “However, the government of Angola is expected to release an updated tariff schedule within the coming months and potential wheat importers are lobbying for protective tariffs against wheat flour and in favor of wheat grain.”