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Iran reports 4% growth in 11M cement exports

26 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Iran has reported a four per cent YoY growth in cement exports at 12,652,000t in the first 11 months of the last Iranian year (21 March 2018-21 February 2019). However, the value of cement exports fell 14 per cent YoY to around US$398.4m, according to the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA). Cement imports also declined during the period, decreasing 21 per cent YoY to around 39,600t.

PPC Zimbabwe calls on government to protect local cement production

21 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Zimbabwe’s largest cement producer, PPC Zimbabwe, has called on the government to pass legislation to protect domestically-produced cement from imports. Last year, the government lifted a two-year import bank on some basic commodities, including cement, to reduce the shortages that drove the public into panic buying. This has had a negative impact on local cement producer competitiveness, according to PPC Zimbabwe’s Managing Director, Kelibone Masiyane. “What really has rendered us uncom...

US cement demand up 3% in 2018

18 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Apparent domestic consumption advanced 2.9 per cent from 97.4Mt in 2017 to 100.2Mt in 2018, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The higher sales volumes were supported by an increase in the average cement price from US$121/t in 2017 to US$126.50/t the following year. The rise in cement sales was attributed to a modest increase in construction spending as housing and public construction saw higher spending. The leading cement-consuming states continued to be Texas, California ...

Cement importers refute claims of sub-standard cement

18 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Importers of cement into the Philippines have disputed claims that their cement fails to meet regulatory standards. "All legally-imported cement retailed in the Philippine market is guaranteed to meet stringent quality controls. Our members import cement from various countries, including Vietnam. But wherever imported cement is sourced, we wish to stress that imported cement undergoes a three-tier quality control procedure mandated by (Department of Trade and Industry)," the Cement Importe...

Peru cement market contracts 5% in February

15 March 2019, Published under Cement News

National cement consumption in Peru slipped by 4.9 per cent in February 2019 to 0.893Mt, down from 0.9Mt reported in February 2018, according to the country’s cement association, Asocem. Total cement dispatches by Asocem-related producers were up 5.3 per cent YoY, but decreased by 2.8 per cent MoM to 0.796Mt in February 2019. Of this total, 0.783Mt were delivered to domestic customers, representing a 6.4 per cent rise YoY but a 2.1 per cent drop MoM. Exports of cement were down, by 35 per ...

Clinker largest import commodity in Côte d’Ivoire

15 March 2019, Published under Cement News

In 2018 clinker imports into Côte d’Ivoire edged up to 3.1Mt, from 3.03Mt in the previous year, making them the country’s largest import volume for the second-consecutive year, ahead of petroleum imports, acccording to the country’s Customs Department. The value of clinker imports advanced 9.7 per cent to XOF94.01bn (US$162.3m) when compared with XOF85.68bn in 2017. The maximum price of a 50kg bag of cement has been fixed by the country’s government at XOF4500, although shops in the capit...

Argentinian demand stable, exports rise in February 2019

12 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Cement demand in Argentina remained largely stable YoY at 921,112t in February 2019, but fell 5.4 per cent MoM, according to the country’s cement association, AFCP. Domestic demand was entirely met by output from Argentinian cement factories and, unlike in 2018, there were no imports into the Latin American country. Of the total of 929,491t produced by domestic cement companies in February, 921,112t was dispatched to the home market and 8379t exported, reflecting YoY increases of 1.4 and...

French cement market expands despite housing start drop

08 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Cement demand in France rose by an estimated 2.5 per cent to 18.6Mt in 2018, according to SFIC, the country’s cement association. In 2017 the market expanded by 4.5 per cent. The positive result comes despite a drop in housing starts. Housing accounts for around a third of cement demand, with a further third supplied to public works and the balance for the renovation of existing buildings and new non-residential construction. However, despite a slow first half of 2018, which saw consumpt...

Cement import into USA draws US$506,250 OFAC penalty

25 February 2019, Published under Cement News

The US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has reached a US$506,250 settlement with ZAG International, based in Newtown (CT), for illegally sourcing clinker from Iran. Between 11 July 2014-15 January 2015, ZAG International purchased 263,563t of Iranian-origin clinker via a supplier in the UAE, which was then resold by the company to a customer in Tanzania. ZAG’s actions violated the Iranian Transactions and Sanctions Regulations. OFAC said ZAG’s managing direct...

Armenia to increase cement import levy

22 February 2019, Published under Cement News

Armenia’s government is taking measures to protect domestic cement producers from competition by cement producers in neighbouring countries. The state policy of subsidising the cost of gas and electricity in Armenia’s neighbours has led to a rise in more competitively-priced imports into Armenia. As result, output volumes at Armenia’s cement plants, Ararat and Hrazdan, have significantly decreased. Around 2Mta of product is currently stored in warehouses with only one-third sold. In Januar...