The Pakistan cement sector has received a green signal from the South African authorities to export cement with Pakistani tag, industry sources told Business Recorder on Monday. Presently, South Africa is facing great shortage of cement ahead of upcoming football world cup, to be held in 2010, sources added.
"Brisk construction activities for the mega football event has primarily given rise to cement demand there," they said. The issuance of export license has opened new vistas for Pakistani cement sector that is already exporting huge quantity of the commodity to its neighbouring countries.
Sources said that Lucky Cement is the only Pakistani company, which has received export certificate from the South African Bureau of Standards. "Yes, our company has received the export certificate/license from the authorities of South African Bureau of Standard and after this certificate we are able to export cement," confirmed an official of Lucky Cement.
He said that in mid of January this year, a delegation (comprising two inspectors) of South African Bureau of Standard visited cement plant to examine the quality of the product.