Cement shortage continues in Jamaica

Cement shortage continues in Jamaica
Published: 05 July 2006

Over in Jamaica, months after Caribbean Cement Company Limited’s recall of 500t of cement that crippled the construction sector, normality has not returned to the cement-starved industry. President of the Incorporated Masterbuilders Association of Jamaica, Michael Archer says while the waiting period has been drastically reduced, normality remains a desire.

He disclosed that despite the cement company’s production that is complemented by thousands of tonnes of imports, an estimated 70,000t is needed to deal with the current backlog. But Public Relations Officer for CCCL, Lystra Sharp, says there’s no shortage of bagged cement at present. She says problems experienced with the offloading of some 200,000 bags of cement, which arrived from Cuba recently, has stymied the distribution process.