Algeria has removed the value-added tax and custom tax on all feed imports, thanks to a three-and-one-half-year effort by the U.S. Grains Council and USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service, according to an article on the Council's website (http://bit.ly/…).
Until now, the VAT for dried distillers grains with solubles and corn gluten feed had been set at 17% and 7% for corn. The custom tax for DDGS and CGF was set at 30% and 5% for corn.
The high duties had resulted in no U.S. DDGS or CGF being exported to Algeria.
The Council has been active in Algeria since 1986 whenever the political situation has allowed. The council has partnered with ONAB, Algeria's quasi-governmental national poultry program to conduct feeding trails using DDGS in broiler diets. Since the Council has also been successful in reducing the VAT on DDGS in Morocco, it also brought key Algerian government officials and dairy and poultry leaders to Morocco to see how their use of DDGS and CGF has developed over the years.
Although the reduction of the duties and VAT ends Dec. 31, 2012, the Council is working to extend the reduction into 2013 to increase U.S. market share for DDGS and CGF in Algerian markets.
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