Importers want full removal of cement tariff

Importers want full removal of cement tariff
Published: 28 March 2006

Jamacian importers are preparing to lobby the Government for a full removal of the tariff on cement. It’s reported that cement importers want the remaining 15 per cent duty withdrawn to provide easier access for imports. They argue that cement should be duty-free in light of the crisis facing the local construction sector. In the meantime, Independent Senator Norman Horne says he will use the Upper House to lobby for the removal of the tariff. The Government recently slashed the duty on cement from 41 to 15 per cent. The reduced tariff will remain in effect for one year.