Report Highlights: 

French wheat exports to Algeria decreased by almost 47 percent due to a lack of available quality and quantity, opening Algeria to exports from Poland and Germany.

General Information: 

According to FAS Algiers sources and news reports, Algeria’s French wheat imports declined dramatically as a result of poor crop quality. French bread wheat exports to Algeria decreased by almost 47 percent at the beginning of marketing year 2014/2015. Algeria imported 1.3 million MT of French origin bread wheat July - October 2014. Of note, is that during the same period last year, Algeria imported 2.2 MMT. French exports globally decreased by 9 percent despite targeting other export markets such as Egypt and Thailand. France AgriMer reported that harsh rains reduced France’s crop quality such that as much as 46 percent of the crop was only suitable for animal feed compared to 12 percent last year. The forecast was raised on sales of feed wheat to the U.S., Thailand and South Korea, which are non-traditional destinations. 

As reported previously, Algeria has imported 6 to 7 MMT of wheat over the past few years. Bread wheat was 75 to 83 percent of the wheat imported. For several years, France has been the top wheat supplier to Algeria (75 percent) and commands the largest portion of the bread wheat (82 percent), and durum (59 percent) markets. Bloomberg reports that Algeria’s wheat imports from Poland (165,906 metric tons) and Germany (89,715 metric tons) have filled the void left by France’s weather damaged crop. 

Wheat Algeria

2012/2013

Market Year Begin: Jul 2012

2013/2014

Market Year Begin: Jul 2013

2014/2015

Market Year Begin: May 2014

USDA Official

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Area Harvested

2,000

200

1,727

1,727

1,700

1,700

Beginning Stocks

3,357

3,357

3,762

3,762

4,673

4,673

Production

3,400

3,400

3,302

3,302

1,900

1,900

MY Imports

6,484

6,484

7,484

7,484

7,400

7,400

TY Imports

6,484

6,484

7,484

7,484

7,400

7,400

TY Imp. from U.S.

256

256

110

110

0

100

Total Supply

13,241

13,241

14,548

14,548

13,973

13,973

MY Exports

29

29

25

25

25

25

TY Exports

29

29

25

25

25

25

Feed and Residual

50

50

50

50

50

50

FSI Consumption

9,400

9,400

9,800

9,800

10,000

10,000

Total Consumption

9,450

9,450

9,850

9,850

10,050

10,050

Ending Stocks

3,762

3,762

4,673

4,673

3,898

3,898

Total Distribution

13,241

13,241

14,548

14,548

13,973

13,973

Yield

2.

17.

2.

1.912

1.

1.1176

Barley Algeria

2012/2013

Market Year Begin: Jul 2012

2013/2014

Market Year Begin: Jul 2013

2014/2015

Market Year Begin: Jul 2014

USDA Official

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USDA Official

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Area Harvested

1,000

1,000

900

900

800

800

Beginning Stocks

1,435

1,435

1,194

1,194

1,194

1,194

Production

1,500

1,500

1,500

1,500

1,300

1,300

MY Imports

259

259

550

550

600

600

TY Imports

364

364

700

700

600

600

TY Imp. from U.S.

0

0

0

0

0

0

Total Supply

3,194

3,194

3,244

3,244

3,094

3,094

MY Exports

0

0

0

0

0

0

TY Exports

0

0

0

0

0

0

Feed and Residual

1,700

1,700

1,700

1,700

1,700

1,700

FSI Consumption

300

300

350

350

350

350

Total Consumption

2,000

2,000

2,050

2,050

2,050

2,050

Ending Stocks

1,194

1,194

1,194

1,194

1,044

1,044

Total Distribution

3,194

3,194

3,244

3,244

3,094

3,094

Yield

2.

1.5

2.

1.6667

2.

1.625