Cement News: Trading

23 February 2017

Lafarge Algeria to export clinker from 2018

Lafarge Algeria is preparing to export grey clinker from its local plants from 2018. The group already exports white cement from its Oggaz plants in the Mascara wilaya. "It is part of government policy to promote exports. There will be cement overcapacity in late 2017 compared to al...

23 February 2017

Indonesia: Semen Padang starts exports to Australia

Semen Padang, a subsidiary of PT Semen Indonesia, has started exporting cement to Australia as the company looks to broaden its customer base beyond the highly-competitive Indonesian market. In a first shipment th...

24 February 2017

Kenya: East African Portland Cement reports 1H16-17 pretax loss

In the first half of the FY16-17 ended December 2016 East African Portland Cement Co (EAPCC) has reported a pretax loss of KES533.7m (US$5.2m), an improvement when compared with the loss of KES745m reported a year ag...

23 February 2017

DR Congo: producers demand six-month import suspension

Cement producers in the Democratic Republic of Congo have urged the country’s Prime Minister, Samy Badibanga, to be tough on cement imports, demanding a suspension of cement imports for a six-month period, strengthen...

Nepal: six-fold increase in clinker imports 20 February 2017

Nepal: six-fold increase in clinker imports

Nepal has been heading towards self-sufficiency in cement, but at the same time, imports of clinker have soared, according to the Trade and Export Promotion Centre (TEPC). The country imported clinker worth NPR8.97...

13 February 2017

Algeria sees sharp drop in cement imports in 2016

Algerian cement imports fell 35.5 per cent in 2016 from a value of US$474.3m to US$306.1m. In volume terms, a 27.4 per cent decrease was reported to 4.8Mt. In 2015 Algeria imported 6.6Mt of cement. Imports of ...

New Zealand: cruise ship collides with cement carrier 13 February 2017

New Zealand: cruise ship collides with cement carrier

A cruise ship broke free from its moorings in high winds at Timaru, New Zealand, yesterday, hitting the cement carrier Milburn Carrier II. According to local media, the cement carrier’s hull and Seabourn Encore’s ...

08 February 2017

Cameroon: smuggled Dangote cement creates price drop

Dangote cement currently sells between XAF-2800-3500 (US$4.55-5.68) per 50kg bag in northern Cameroon, significantly lower than the XAF4500-4600 applicable in the south of the country, local sources revealed. The pri...

07 February 2017

Pakistan: exports to Afghanistan decline

APCMA data revealed that domestic dispatches in January 2017 were 2.722Mt, while exports amounted to 0.376Mt, reflecting YoY growth of 0.78 and -2.71 per cent, respectively. Total cement dispatches in January 2017...

09 February 2017

Vietnam notes fall in exports in 2016

Vietnam exported 14.73Mt of cement in 2016, down 7.1 per cent YoY, according to the General Department of Vietnam Customs. Export revenues fell 16 per cent YoY to US$561m. In December the country exported 1.31Mt o...

03 February 2017

Pakistan: first dry bulk terminal to open in March

Pakistan’s first dry bulk terminal will open next month and is expected to handle 3Mta of coal imports, rising to 20Mt over the next five years, the port’s chief executive said on Thursday. The US$285m Muhammad Bi...

30 January 2017

Pakistan: APCMA calls for higher duty on Iranian cement imports

All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA) is urging the government to put a 20 per cent import duty on Iranian cement, claiming that Iranian producers are "dumping" the building material in border markets...

30 January 2017

Coal price rises will impact cement costs

Although there has been a big move away from fossil fuels in many parts of the world, the cement sector still relies on coal as cheap fuel to fire a good number of its cement kilns. Yet, in the last six months the p...

26 January 2017

USA: Portland and blended cement shipments fall in October 2016

US Geological Survey (USGS) reports that the shipments of Portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico in October 2016 were about 9Mt, down by 3.4 per cent from sales in October 2015. The leadi...

26 January 2017

Pakistan exports of cement show dismal figure in 6MFY2016-17

Pakistan cement exporters have earned revenues of US$16.36m on exports of 309,868t cement in December 2016, compared to US$23.68m on 455,720t of exports in the previous month. These figures represent a MoM decline...

25 January 2017

Pakistan: APCMA calls for reduced taxes on domestic cement

All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA) has asked the government to support the industry by placing anti-dumping duty on the Iranian cement and reducing taxes to make the cement more affordable for cons...