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Philippines: CeMAP claims cement smuggling on rise

16 June 2016, Published under Cement News

The Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (CeMAP) has estimated that 75 per cent of the 161,000t of cement imported into the country in the first quarter of this year was technically smuggled, the Standard reports. CeMAP’s president, Ernesto Ordoñez, claims that importers have been consistently understating the value of their cargoes to avoid taxes. Mr Ordoñez told a press conference: “If freight undervaluation goes unidentified and unpunished, this may lead not only to more...

Ghana: Dangote appeals for ban on Chinese imports

25 May 2016, Published under Cement News

Dangote has called on the government of Ghana to ban imports of Chinese cement, warning that the measure is necessary to save local producers from collapse, Ghanaweb reports. In addition to the economic impact of such imports, Dangote also claimed that Chinese cement was not subject to proper quality checks and as such could put consumers at risk. Joseph Abo, sales and marketing manager of Dangote Cement, said the use of this cement meant Ghana was “building our death traps”. Tor Nygar...

South Africa: Cement sales up 7.7% in 2015

19 April 2016, Published under Cement News

Consumption of cement in South Africa rose by 7.7 per cent YoY in 2015 following a drop in sales the previous year. According to figures released by PPC, volumes reached 13Mt in 2015 thanks to strong demand from the construction sector. Responding to the news, Business Day pointed to the positive impact from projects to build new power stations and hydroelectric plants. Sales grew fastest in 1Q15, when they were up 15.6 per cent YoY. Growth in Q2 was slower at 1.5 per cent, with volume...

Ghana to restrict cement imports

17 March 2016, Published under Cement News

The Ghanaian government has announced plans to restrict cement imports into the country with Dr Ekwow Spio-Garbrah, Minister of Trade and Industry, proposing the curtailment. "The Ministry of Trade and Industry proposes through legislative instrument to impose a ceiling on the annual importation of cement into Ghana. Companies that wish to import bagged cement shall be issued a permit to avoid the chaos that has lately saddled the sector," the statement said. Cement importers will have...

Ghana's cement producers seek protection

03 September 2015, Published under Cement News

Ghana's cement producers are under pressure from cheap Chinese imports of bagged cement. The domestic producers have been supported in their struggle by a customs review of the cost and freight value of imported cement which have been adjusted from US$25/t to US$60/t. Dr George Dawson-Ahmoah, chairman of the Ghana Cement Manufacturing Association (GCMA) and strategy and corporate affairs director of Ghacem, said the country does not need the influx of bagged cement, expressing optimism tha...

Bolivia announces Peruvian cement import

07 November 2013, Published under Cement News

Insumos Bolivia plans the import of Peruvian cement to meet the shortage of cement in Bolivia’s domestic market. It has approached Yura de Perú for the delivery of Portland cement.  The government body has denied reports of supply problems and maintains it holds a stock of 80,000 bags. The imports would be purchased “to supply the construction sector with a quality product and without sales restrictions. The sale of cement primarily occurs in La Paz, Santa Cruz y Cochabamba, which have...

Iraq to stop importing Iranian cement?

25 June 2013, Published under Cement News

Iran currently exports cement to 24 countries with around 97 per cent of total cement export destined for seven countries. Iraq heads the rankings with a 63 per cent share of Iranian cement exports, followed by Turkmenistan at seven per cent and Azerbaijan at four per cent.  According to Deputy Head of Khuzestan’s Cement Exporters Union Sadeq Sava’edi, Iraq will stop importing Iranian cement from 1 July as it aims to boost its domestic production. However, Deputy Head of the Iranian Trade...