The Algerian customs authorities have published foreign trade figures for the first nine months of 2013. The country’s first supplier is China, with 4.95 billion USD, or 11.98% of total Algerian imports. Next is France, historically the country’s leading supplier, with 4.70 billion dollars, or 11.37% of the total. Italy has regained the third place, which it had lost in the first half of the year, with 3.95 billion (9.57%), slightly ahead of Spain’s 3.93 billion (9.52%).
The European Union continues to be Algeria’s principal trading partner, accounting for 52% of the country’s imports for a value of 21.5 billion, and for 65.7% of its exports. Algeria’s main customers (mainly for natural gas and oil) are also European: led by Spain, with 7.47 billion, or 15% of total exports, followed by Italy, with 6.94 billion (14%).
Our country has reduced its imports from Algeria by 23.5% on the same period in 2012, thus confirming the downwards trend, especially for gas. In the first nine months of 2013 Algerian imports amounted to 41.33 billion dollars, compared with exports, mainly of oil and gas, worth 49.5 billion, making a trade surplus of 8.17 billion. Source: infoMercatiEsteri. Read more, in Italian, from China, Ferrero, Chile, Holland and Fincantieri.