Latest data released by the US Geological Survey (USGS) show total shipments of Portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico for February 2010 were about 3.4Mt. This was 26% lower than shipments in February 2009 and, in part, reflected exceptionally severe snowfalls during the month.
Year-to-date shipments were about 6.8Mt, down by about 24% from the same period in 2009.
The leading producing States (Texas, California, Florida, Missouri, and Alabama, in descending order) shipped nearly 50% of the February total.
The leading consuming States (Texas, California, Florida, Louisiana, and Arizona, in descending order) received about 48% of February’s total shipments.
Clinker production totalled 3.6Mt, nearly 18% lower than production in February 2009. Production year-to-date totalled 7.4Mt, down by about 17% from that for the same period in 2009.
The leading clinker-producing States (Texas, California, Missouri, Michigan, and Florida, in descending order) produced 51% of the February total.
Masonry cement shipments in February of about 114,000 metric tons (t) were more than 26% lower than shipments for February 2009 (table 2C). Shipments year-to-date were about 234,000 t, down by nearly 22% from those of the same period in 2009.
The leading consuming States in February, in descending order, were Florida, California, Texas, Georgia, and North Carolina, and these States received almost 57% of February’s total shipments.
February 2010 imports of cement and clinker of about 414,000t were down by about 4% from imports in February 2009. Year-to-date imports were about 724,000t, down by about 12% from those of the same period in 2009.