More cement to arrive in Jamaica this month

More cement to arrive in Jamaica this month
Published: 15 October 2007

Industry and Commerce Minister Karl Samuda says the country should have sufficient supplies of cement to satisfy demand this month.

Speaking with reporters ahead of a tour of Carib Cement’s Rockfort operations Friday, Mr. Samuda said a total of 9,000t of cement have been sourced from Columbia.

The first shipment of 2000t will arrive in the island next Wednesday.

Mr. Samuda also sought to clear up the confusion surrounding government’s decision to import cement from that country.

He reiterated that Jamaica has not cancelled an impending shipment from Cuba.

He added that the Port Authority of Jamaica has been charged with the responsibility of finding a vessel to transport the cement to Jamaica at a rate of 5,000 tonnes per month.

Mr. Samuda said the various shipments will mean that the country will be out of the woods with supplies of cement at least until year end.