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Philippines set to test all cement imports

21 November 2017, Published under Cement News

The cement import rules have been changed in the Philippines, according to the Manila Bulletin. All cement importation will now have to undergo stricter testing procedures designed to determine whether the cement meets the standards required under Philippines law, irrespective of whether it has undertaken pre-shipment inspection or not. Previously, an attempt had been made to give green lane privilege to local cement manufacturers. However, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has r...

DTI campaign against 'substandard' cement imports receives backing

18 August 2017, Published under Cement News

Cement importers put their support behind the Department of Trade and Industry’s (DTI) campaign to prevent the entry of 'substandard' imported cement into the Philippines, reports the Business Mirror. In a news statement, Col Dani Enriquez (Ret), also the executive director of the Philippine Cement Importers Association (PCIA), stated that cement importers are one with the DTI to restrict the entrance of substandard cement in the country. "We are categorically against importation of sub...

Côte d’Ivoire imports 150,000t of cement

25 April 2017, Published under Cement News

To address the current shortage of cement and rising prices, Côte d’Ivoire’s government has decided to import 150,000t of cement between April and July 2017, according to Industry and Mining Minister, Jean-Claude Brou, and the Minister of Commerce, Crafts and SMEs, Souleymane Diarrassouba. Imports will be carried out by cement producers who will start imports by receiving 36,000t between 12-16 May and 25,000t on 25 May. A further 64,000t will be imported in June and the final 25,000t are ...

United States: Maine representatives call for vigilance over McInnis plant

16 February 2017, Published under Cement News

Congressional representatives for the state of Maine have written to US Trade Representative, Maria Pagan, calling on her to ensure that cement imports from McInnis’s new Port-Daniel-Gascons plant do not unfairly compete with domestic firms. In a letter to Ms Pagan, the four representatives state that McInnis’s project has received support from the government of Quebec which could be in violation of Canada’s international obligations under WTO rules. The letter specifically cites the c...

India: Ruling BJP party leader calls for Pakistan cement ban

06 October 2016, Published under Cement News

Subramanian Swamy, leader of the BJP, has called on his colleague, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to ban the import of cement from Pakistan, the Economic Times reports. "I request you to ban import of cement into the country not only in the interest of growth and sustenance of domestic cement industry but also in keeping with the imperatives of national security. Ban of import from Pakistan will be in the interest of the country's security in the present juncture," Mr Swamy said in a lette...

Zimbabwe: PPC threaten shutdown over cheap cement imports

30 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Darryl Castle, PPC chief executive, has told the Zimbabwean government to curb imports of cement, or his company will close its mining operations in the country and import finished cement from South Africa. According to Bulawayo 24 News, cement producers in Zimbabwe are pushing the government to lower duty on raw material imports and to cancel – or at least review – all current import permits. The government has said it will impose a tariff of US$100/t on imported cement effective from...

Nepal: cement and clinker imports hit US$154m

28 September 2016, Published under Cement News

The value of clinker and cement imports to Nepal in FY16 amounted to NPR16.4bn (US$155m), Republica reports. The country imported clinker worth NPR9.84bn in FY16, up by 17 per cent on the previous year. In the same period, imports of finished cement reached PKR6.54bn. Dhurba Thapa, president of Nepal Cement Manufacturers Association (NCMA), stated that rising clinker imports were a sign of the country’s increasing productive capacity: "As production of cement is increasing, it is only ...

Rwanda: dealers and developers call for Cimerwa price drop

19 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Cement dealers and property developers in Rwanda's capital, Kigali, have called on Cimerwa to cut its prices, Rwanda Focus reports. Current prices for a 50kg bag of Cimerwa cement are around RWF11,000 (US$13.68), compared to RWF8500-9000 for imported cement. Busisiwe Maria Legodi, Cimerwa's CEO, said in an interview with Rwanda Focus earlier this year: "People who think that imported cement is cheaper than the one made locally need to look at one thing: what is cheap is cheap because t...

Pakistan: producers warn that tax increase will encourage smuggling

26 July 2016, Published under Cement News

The All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA) has warned that the decision to impose an additional excise duty imposed in this year’s federal budget 2016-17 could lead to a rise in smuggling of cement from Iran. The Nation reports that the Pakistani cement industry lost 1Mt in sales due to Iranian cement being smuggled into coastal areas. The APCMA criticised what it said was a lax regime of border controls and called on the government to act. Cement producers in Pakistan n...

Ghana: Dangote Cement takes delivery of 1000 trucks

22 July 2016, Published under Cement News

Dangote Cement Ghana has received delivery of a fleet of 1000 trucks as part of its plan to expand its distribution network in the country, Star FM reports. The firm states that the purchase is the largest of its kind by any Ghanaian company and will create up to 5000 direct and indirect jobs. Managing Director of Dangote Cement Ghana, Tor Nygard, said of the vehicles: “These are components of the Company’s mission in Ghana which is to stimulate its economy and get quality cement to al...