Tanzania to import Pakistani cement

Tanzania to import Pakistani cement
Published: 17 October 2011

Tanzania has decided to import cement from Pakistan as it faces acute shortages following mechanical breakdown at a plant, Guardian newspaper reported on Saturday.

Masoud Hamisi of Tandika hardware said due to shortage he decided to import cement from Pakistan.

“There is no local cement. We have turned to imported supplies.” Cement producers say production cost is too high in Tanzania (probably four times) compared to that of Pakistan.

While it costs US$86 to transport 1t cement from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma, the same quantity could be transported from Karachi in Pakistan to Dar es Salaam for just US$25, the report, quoting producers, said.