The U.S. Grains Council successfully shipped 44 metric tons of distiller's dried grains with solubles to Algeria last week as part of the Council's Quality Sample Program. The DDGS are the first ever imported from the U.S. by Algeria and will be used in feeding trials scheduled to begin in February or March.
USGC has been talking about feed trials using DDGS in Algeria for more than a year. They hope the Quality Sample Program will help them achieve several goals in Algeria.
"Firstly, we’d like to introduce DDGS to the Algerian market,” says Kurt Shultz, USGC director of Mediterranean and Africa. “Government officials are unfamiliar with corn co-products such as DDGS or corn gluten feed. Currently the import duty on corn is 2.5% while the duty on DDGS is 30%. The Council will also use these trials to educate end-users about DDGS and its use in poultry and ruminant feeds and work with the government to reduce the duty and open the doors for future imports."
According to USGC, if they become comfortable with the product, Algeria could annually import 100-200 tons of DDGS. Shultz is traveling to Algeria this week to finalize details of the feeding trial.