Vietnam is estimated to import 4Mt of clinker this year, up some eight per cent against last year, according to a local trade agency on Friday.
Vietnam imported nearly 3.7Mt of clinkers in 2007, down 4.1 per cent against 2006, said the Trade Information Center under the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
Most of the clinker, key material for cement production, was imported from Thailand. Vietnam is intensifying production of clinker, so it will not have to import the material in 2009.
Now, Vietnam imposes an import tax of five per cent on clinker imported from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and 10 percent on the material from non-ASEAN countries and regions.
Vietnam, producing nearly 8Mt of cement in the first quarter of this year, is estimated to consume 40Mt of cement in the year, according to the country’s Construction Ministry.