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US and Puerto Rican market contracts 2% in June

23 September 2019, Published under Cement News

Total Portland and blended cement shipments (including imports) in the USA and Puerto Rico in June 2019 fell by 2.4 per cent to 9.1Mt when compared with June 2018, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). A combined share of 38 per cent of shipments was received by Texas, California, Florida, Ohio and New York. Masonry cement shipments in June 2019 totalled 202,000t, down 6.1 per cent YoY. Leading consuming states were Florida, Texas, California, North Carolina and Georgia – these fiv...

South Africa's cement import volumes shoot up

23 September 2019, Published under Cement News

Cement imports into South Africa have surged by 293 per cent YoY in July and have also risen by 17.5 per cent since the start of the year. The main source for the cement came from Vietnam during June-July 2019, according to Industry Insight. Approximately 104,099t of cement arrived in South Africa in June with a value of ZAR70m (US$4.7m), which is the highest level of cement imports since February 2015. A total of 631,059t of cement with a customs value of ZAR440m had been imported into ...

Russia's cement market cools but exports strong

19 September 2019, Published under Cement News

Cement production in Russia increased by 8.9 per cent YoY to 33Mt in the first seven months of 2019, according to Soyuzcement, the country’s cement association. The demand for cement in Russia in the January-July 2019 period was at the highest level for several years, added the association. However, since July demand has significantly fallen, despite the domestic construction sector experiencing its high season. Soyuzcement analysts anticipate consumption to continue its downward trend in ...

Cement consumption in Peru expands 6% in August

18 September 2019, Published under Cement News

Demand for cement in Peru has increased 6.3 per cent YoY to 1.052Mt in August 2019 when compared with 0.989Mt in the year-ago period, according to the country’s cement association, Asocem. Domestic dispatches advanced 6.4 per cent to 1.043Mt in August, up from 0.981Mt in August 2018 and 0.982Mt in July 2019. Output from Peru’s cement plants was up 7.5 per cent to 0.965Mt in August from 0.897Mt in the previous-year’s period. In terms of external trade, the country imported 48,300t of cem...

Philippines announces new duty on imported cement

04 September 2019, Published under Cement News

The Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will impose a general safeguard duty on imported cement for a three-year period to protect domestic product. The measure will take effect 15 days after the announcement made on Tuesday. "We are deciding on the imposition of definitive safeguard duty of PHP250/t (US$4.8/t) or PHP10/40kg bag for the first year of the implementation to encourage and challenge the local cement industries to be globally competitive," said the DTI in a sta...

Cement prices in Punjab rise after trade suspension

03 September 2019, Published under Cement News

After the suspension of trade between India and Pakistan on 10 August, the price of cement in Punjab has increased by almost INR100/bag (US$1.38/bag), according to the Hindustan Times. Therefore, the price of a cement bag has risen from INR260-275 to INR360-375. "Since Pakistan suspended trade with India, comparatively cheaper Pakistani cement has triggered a price rise in the domestically manufactured cement," said MPS Chatha, president of the All India Cement Importers Association. Befo...

Uzbekistan's cement imports rise 32% in 7M19

02 September 2019, Published under Cement News

In the first seven months of 2019, Uzbekistan has recorded a 32.3 per cent YoY increase in cement imports at a total value of US$105.6m, according to the State Statistics Committee of Uzbekistan. In the overall structure of building material imports, the share of cement has increased to 14.1 per cent. However, domestic cement production also rose 17.6 per cent to 5.399Mt in January-July 2019, compared with 4.69Mt in the year-ago period. Next month Uzbekistan is set to abolish the customs...

PPC releases operational update for the 4MFY20

30 August 2019, Published under Cement News

South Africa's PPC has released an operational update for the four months to 30 July, noting a 5-10 per cent increase in group EBITDA due to positive price momentum in South Africa and cost optimisation initiatives. Average cement prices in its southern Africa region (including Botswana) rose 7-8 per cent in the period, however cement sales declined 10-15 per cent YoY on the back of a decrease in domestic demand. The company noted that importer and blender activity contributed to the comp...

Dangote Cement

28 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Dangote Cement is among five companies calling for an investigation into cement imports into South Africa. According to The Concrete Institute (ITC), imports have risen by 139 per cent since 2016. In the 2Q19, 350,441t of cement arrived in South Africa, the highest level since the 3Q15. Imports from Vietnam alone totalled 301,872t. Most of the cement imports come through Durban, which handled 260,909t in the second quarter of this year, marking an 85 per cent increase on the 1Q19. On beha...

Peruvian cement market expands 9% in July

20 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Peru’s cement consumption increased 9.1 per cent YoY to 983,000t in July 2019 when compared with the previous-year’s equivalent month, which saw demand at 901,000t, according to the country’s cement association, Asocem. Output from Asocem members edged up by 4.9 per cent to 858,000t in July 2019 when compared with an output of 818,000t in July 2018. Domestic supply was supplemented by 52,100t of cement, down 35 per cent YoY from 80,600t in July 2018 while clinker imports disappeared from ...