Coffee exports to Algeria surge

Thursday, Nov 17, 2016 15:28

Farmers in the Central Highlands Province of Dak Lak harvest coffee. — VNA/VNS Photo Le Huu Quyet

Viet Nam’s coffee exports to Algeria saw a jump in the value of US$98.4 million in the first 10 months of the year, posting an 81 per cent increase and 66 per cent year-on-year rise in value.

Statistics from the General Department of Customs showed that in the period, Việt Nam’s total export value to Algeria reached $225.36 million, increasing 8 per cent from the same period last year.

Coffee has been the number one export product to Algeria, accounting for 30 per cent of the country’s imported coffee market share.

Coffee has been one of the favourite drinks in Algeria. Algeria often imports raw coffee and processes it within the country to assure it meets local taste demands.

Robusta coffee accounted for more than 85 per cent of the country’s imported coffee.

Algeria also imports coffee from Indonesia, Brasil, Italy and Cameroon.

According to Viet Nam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the country exported some 100,000 to 110,000 tonnes of robusta coffee this month. A number of coffee exports in November are expected to be lower than the previous month, as local exporters reduce their production by half due to concerns that rains could affect their harvests.

Prolonged rains in the Central Highlands region in recent weeks have caused coffee fruit to ripen slowly, reducing coffee supplies for the next few weeks.

The ministry also said this year’s harvest season would come later than usual if the weather did not improve, thus causing a shortage of coffee this month. — VNS

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