Data published by the Algerian Customs Authorities show that during the first six months of 2005, the country imported 252,000 tons of cement from 11 states and from the European Union. The value of the imports amounted to $21.3 million, reported the August 17 edition of Al-Khabar newspaper.
Among the most important states which exported cement to Algeria were Tunisia, France, Germany and Spain. Algerian cement imports peaked at 1.34 million tons worth some $75 million in 2004. In 2003, cement imports reached 3 million tons, worth some $157 million.