Briefing journalists, State minister of trade and industry, Tadesse Haile said with a view to alleviating shortage of cement in the country, the government permitted importation of cement through investors.
The criteria was set to enable investors to import cement in line with the decision passed by the government.
As part of the requirement, importers should present credentials to attest the legal source of the foreign currency and should justify the standard of the cement by a third party, he said.
He said the type of cement should be OPC or PPC.
The importers are further expected to import a minimum of 25 tons and the product should not exceed three months from the manufacturing date.
The regulation requires the amount, the type, production date, manufacturing company and trade mark to appear on though package.
Distribution details should reach the ministry each month.
Some ten investors are licensed and launched activities to manufacturing cement with a view to permanently alleviating shortage of cement in the country.