The Director General of Algerian Customs, Noureddine Khaldi noted their readiness to resume exports to Libya.
“The Algerian side is fully prepared to launch export operations to Libya through the border crossings of Dabdab and Ain Guezzam,” Khaldi said in a press statement.
“The customs services are working hard to promote Algerian products, especially across Africa,” he added.
Khaldi pointed out that urgent solutions will be taken in the coming days to start exporting products through these crossings. “The only goal of the customs services is to expedite export operations for the benefit of economic operators, and to allow the entry of Algerian products into African markets,” he concluded.
Earlier this month, the Algerian government announced that it will reopen the ‘Dabdab’ land border crossing with Libya, for trade in the upcoming few days.
Algerian Trade Minister, Kamal Rizik stated that the crossing is “completely ready, and will open immediately as soon as a date is set for the next meeting.”
He also urged investors to pump new investments into the emerging Libyan market, especially in foodstuffs and building materials.
Algeria and Libya share about 1,000 km worth of borders. The Dabdab crossing is one of three official border crossings, the other two being the Tarat, and Tin El-Koum, which have been closed since 2011. Dabdab had also been closed for security concerns.
Libyan MP, Ali Al-Takbali said in February that he supports the call of fellow MP, Souad Abdallah for the demarcation of the borders with Algeria. This follows reports that Algeria had annexed several kilometers of the oil and gas-rich village of Essien, near Ghat, in southern Libya.
In a press statement, Abdallah said that the demarcation of the borders “is important after rumours about the penetration of the border area in the far southwest of Libya from the Algerian side, at the village of Essin near Ghat.”
Al-Takbali claimed that Algeria had, and still has expansionist goals to annex the oil-rich city of Ghat. “Algeria has been doing this since the Gaddafi era,” the Libyan lawmaker added.