Chairman of the National Association of Algerian Exporters, Ali Bey Nasri, denied the presence of any official statistics of the number of importers in Algeria during the year 2019.
He explained that the number that is recorded by the Commercial Registry’s services is equivalent to 40.000 importers, but the real figure is much lower than it was, calling for the need to review the list and delete the fake importers.
Ali Bey Nasri denied any drop in the import bill amid the popular protests, which rose to $15 billion, declaring: “The figure has risen instead of falling despite the repercussions of popular protests.”
“The number of importers has decreased since the beginning of the year, although the import bill has been increasing compared to 2018”, he told Echorouk.
“Trade Ministry has not yet reactivated the list. An inventory of the number of those who withdrew from the field of import should be relaunched after the imposition of licenses and quotas, as the list at the level of the Ministry of Commerce still contains more than 800 articles that are banned from import, including cars and many industrial and food products”.
Regarding the increase in the value of imports, which reached more than $15 billion last April, the spokesman said: “In terms of figures it is equivalent to the same import bill during the four months of last year, despite the measures that were taken by the government to reduce the cost, but in reality rose more and more, and this has led to a decrease in the price of gas and hence the import bill of gas and its derivatives declined in the global market, which contributed to the non-inflated import bill, which proves the large increase of real quantities, the number of pieces and units that are imported”.
“There were 830 exporters in the Algerian market, and the government should increase their number and double them by giving them various facilities during the coming period to be an asset to face the rise in imports. The volume of exports has not improved during the current year compared to the previous years”.
“The only figure that improved in 2019 and within the four months of this year is the export of electronic products and households. The largest exporter is “Condor” followed by “Brandt” of “Cevital” and “Bomar”, then “Iris”. Export of Algerian phones and televisions gained $68 million in 120 days”.
Previously, the General Association of Algerian Exporters called on the government to release new facilities for exporters so that they can raise the value of exports outside fuel. This is mainly a matter of the provisions of the exchange law, but this file is still awaiting the approval of the Ministers of Finance and Trade”.