Algeria – The CEO of Serport falls from Charybdis to Scylla. By ordering the confiscation of the oilseed trituration material imported by Cevital, cleared and legally removed from the port of Skikda, Djelloul Achour is in an even more complicated situation.
In a statement made Thursday at ALG24, the CEO of the Cevital Group, Mr. Said Benikene, explains that confiscated crushing equipment can not be re-exported or resold.
According to him, this material became Algerian as soon as it was customs clearance at the port of Skikda. It belongs to an Algerian entity, in this case the Cevital Group. It is therefore not legally possible to re-export it as requested by the CEO of Serport.
In addition, the Cevital Group, having imported this crushing equipment as part of the ANDI device, has signed a "commitment of no resale in the state ". "Even if Cevital wanted to resell this material, which is not the case, the law would not allow it," says Benikene.
An illegal seizure
Oilseed crushing equipment imported by Cevital was illegally confiscated. No valid justification has been advanced, except for the absence of the approval of mysterious competent authorities whom no one deigns to name!
Moreover, it is necessary to know that the prerogatives of a manager of Port Services do not allow him to require any authorization before the unloading of goods, let alone the seizure of equipment duly landed, cleared and paid.
For Mr. Benikene, "the port is not concerned by what's inside the containers ". The mission of port services is limited to managing logistics; to ensure a dock to the ships and to unload the goods.
Despite this unjustified blocking which lasts for 500 days now, especially since another operator imported the same material from the port of Djendjen without being worried, the Cevital Group do not be fooled. "Cevital is considering all forms of action to assert its right," said the Executive Director of this Group.
What Algeria loses by blocking the Cevital project
The oilseed crushing plant is 1000 direct jobs and 2 to 3 thousand indirect jobs in its first phase. It is, according to Benikene, an "upstream integration project" that will reduce imports of crude oils. It consists, in its first phase, of importing oilseeds to extract crude oils and soya cake, base of livestock feed.
In its second phase, this project aims to grow oilseeds in Algeria by Algerian farmers, covering an area of 3 million hectares, creating more than 100,000 jobs in the agricultural field.
Crude oils produced by the pulp mill in Cevital will supply oil refineries group vegetables. As far as the production of soya beans is concerned, it will be mainly intended for export, particularly to countries in Europe which import each year 34 million tonnes of cakes. As for the local market, Mr. Benikene assures that his group will intervene only in complement of the other existing actors.
The anticipated export earnings of this project are today estimated at more than 1 billion dollars by
The Cevial project, he concludes, will serve the national economy in more ways than one. It will help the state preserve its foreign exchange reserves, create wealth and jobs, and help diversify our economy.
– Cevital Group (@GroupeCevital) August 9, 2018