The Caribbean Cement Co. received permission from the government of Jamaica to import and export cement from its pier at Rockfort, East Kingston, Karl Samuda, minister of industry, commerce and technology told the local papers.
The minister said at a press briefing that the company will import 18,000 tons of cement from the Dominican Republic and Colombia for the next few weeks shore up its production.
“This will provide the Caribbean Cement with the flexibility in imports and enable the company to use its regional network to supplement local production,” Samuda said.
According to the minister, the necessary security precautions have also been taken.
Samuda also announced that arrangements were made for a Jamaican team to meet with CEMVID, the Cuban cement company, for the importation of 5,000t of cement per month from Havana between Oct. 12 and the end of December.
The Port Authority of Jamaica will oversee the importations from Cuba. Cemex has also assured the government of its support.