The Qatar General Organization for Standards and Metrology (QS) has made obligatory the standard certifications for the cement imported into Qatar, it was reported on July 27, 2004. Cement importers have to present the necessary standard certifications issued in the export countries at QS offices at Qatar’s land and sea border checkpoints. The imported cement must comply with the U.S., UK or other internationally recognised quality standards for cement due to the lack of Qatari own standards and specifications. Small quantities of the imported cement will also pass quality tests and analysis in QS laboratories to confirm the quality of the imports.
QS decision follows the directives of Qatar’s Minister of Economy and Trade, Sheikh Mohamed bin Ahmed al-Thani, and is aimed at ensuring the quality of the cement imported to meet the needs of the construction industry in Qatar, QS officials added.