A row over cement markets that appears headed to court in Dominican Republic has drawn the Jamaican Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce into likely defending domestic exporter Caribbean Cement Company Ltd (CCCL), whose quality standards have been called into question in the rival market.
The Gleaner reports that, Reginald Budhan, the ministry’s permanent secretary, said Jamaica was surprised at the claim by ADOCEM of the Dominican Republic, and was conducting a full-scale investigation.
Budhan stated that Jamaica’s Bureau of Standards and its equivalent in Dominican Republic both collaborated in testing and passing the cement for the latter’s market.
ADOCEM has alleged that the Jamaican company’s product is low grade. ADOCEM’s complaints led to the seizure of the product by consumer rights agency Pro-Consumidor over the weekend.
"We are still trying to understand it; we have been having discussion with the Dom Rep on trade issues, and the harmonisation of quality standards, so it is a little surprising that this is happening," said Budhan. "We are now trying to assess how to deal with it."