The Tunisian Ministry of Trade has given its approval to private international trade companies to import 4 million liters of milk from Turkey staring from January 10, 2012, Khaled Ben Abdallah, Director of Internal Trade in the department announced.
These private companies will be exempted from customs duties and VAT (value added tax) “intentionally to align the prices of imported milk to that of the local production,” revealed Ben Abdallah.
The decision comes in light of the shortage of milk that is persisting in the local Tunisian market, which has forced the Tunisian authorities to import a first quantity of milk from Slovenia.
According to the Tunisian official, “the weekly import of milk from Slovenia (between 250 and 300 thousand liters) did not take place last week due to the year-end festivities in Europe.”
This import, he added, will be completed by the beginning of next week, which will partially solve the problem of shortage of milk.”
The needs of Tunisia in milk are approximately 1, 5 million liters per day, which may not be sufficient in this period that coincides with the low lactation (September-January).
“During this period, production does not exceed 1.2 million liters per day resulting in a loss of 300 thousand liters per day, but “usually, the buffer stock allows us to deal with such a shortage,” Mr. Ben Abdallah said.
Estimated at 37 million liters of milk, the buffer stock has been exhausted “earlier,” according to the Director of Internal Trade.