ALGIERS- Pharmaceutical imports dropped by more than 2% in the first ten months of 2016 compared with the same period in 2015, the Algerian Customs told APS.
The value of imports reached US$1.51 billion between January and October 2016 against US$1.55 during the same period in 2015, i.e. a drop by 2.12%, said the Algerian Customs’ National Centre of Data Processing and Statistics (CNIS).
The imported quantities dropped by 7.7% to 19,389 tonnes against 21,004 tonnes during the same period in 2015.
In terms of category, medicines for human use totalled US$1.42 billion against US$1.47 billion (-2.94%) with quantities which also dropped to 17, 294 tonnes against 19,083 tonnes (-9.4%).
Imports of medicinal products for veterinary use have slightly increased to reach US$25.1 million against US$24.7 million for the same period in 2015, i.e. rise by 1.55% while the imported quantities dropped to 541 tonnes against 578.5 tonnes (-6.46%).
The bill of parapharmaceutical products increased to US$64.5 million (1.5 million tonnes) against US$54.6 million (1.3 million tonnes, i.e. a rise by 18.2% in value and 15.21 % in volume.