Caribbean Cement Company Limited is defending its ability to meet local demand. Concern has been raised in recent weeks that the country’s sole cement manufacturer might be struggling to adequately supply products to the market. General Manager of Caribbean Cement, Anthony Haynes, admitted that since late last year the company has been faced with challenges meeting demand. However, he said the company has been importing supplies to alleviate local shortage.
The Jamaica Labour Party and the Incorporated Master Builders Association have been calling on the government to review the tariff on imported cement. They claim that the removal of the tariff would allow other entities to import cement to stem the shortfall that has resulted from the challenges facing the Caribbean Cement Company.