Cemex Inc has initiated its plan to export 165,000t of cement manufactured at its Brooksville, Fla, plant through the Port of Tampa, according to published reports. The company said the exports began July 31 and will continue indefinitely.
“This is an illustration of our ability to leverage the global Cemex network to maximise our assets in the United States,” Gilberto Perez, president of Cemex USA, said in a media release.
Cemex said it decided to convert its Tampa Bay-area operations to export primarily because of the housing slowdown. Cemex says it is the first cement company to export large amounts of cement from Florida, primarily to the Caribbean.
Cemex is using a dedicated vessel that will transport cement from the Tampa terminal to the Caribbean every 10 days.