Malawi to ease ban on cement imports

Malawi to ease ban on cement imports
Published: 22 March 2016

Tagged Under: Zambia Trading 

Malawi's government has relaxed its ban on the importation of cement to protect consumers from exploitation of high prices by the local industry. Following the issuing of import licences by the government to some importers, legally-imported cement is expected to increase competition and stabilise cement prices in the country. Cement demand has surged due to an expanding construction market.

In the southern region, where cement is supplied by local producers, prices are higher than in Lilongwe in the central region, where imported cement, mainly from Zambia, drives up competition. In Zambia cement prices have fallen from US$10 to US$4/bag following Dangote Cement's entrance into the market.

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