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Bolivia cement imports down 30% in 2018

10 May 2019, Published under Cement News

Cement imports into Bolivia fell by 29.6 per cent YoY in 2018 and continue to decline, according to the Bolivian Institute for Exterior Commerce (IBCE). "In 2017 Bolivia imported 268,404t of cement for a value of US$28.6m dollars, while in 2018 it was reduced to 189,013t for a value of US$20.1m," said the IBCE. In January-February 2019 the country imported 17,423t of cement with a value of US$1.9m. Imported cement is sourced from several countries, including Peru, Brazil, Mexico, Argent...

Nesher Cement considering Haifa closure

03 May 2019, Published under Cement News

Israeli cement producer is looking at closing its Haifa plant and moving jobs to Turkey, according to Globes. Last year the company dismissed 40 employees and is reportedly considering further lay-offs and reductions in its activity through Israel, including shutting down its Haifa works. The company’s profit declined sharply last year. In addition, the domestic cement industry is expected to continue to be challenged by large-scale cheap cement imports from Turkey. Imported cement acc...

Armenia raises cement import duty

22 April 2019, Published under Cement News

The National Assembly of Armenia passed a law to establish import duties of AMD22,000/t (US$45.56/t) on the import of cement for a period of one year, until April 2020. The move comes after protests held by local cement plant employees against low cost imports into Armenia. “We cannot allow the closure of our cement producing enterprises. They need state support," argued the Economic Development and Investment Minister, Tigran Khachatryan. He said that in 2018, local production increased by...

US Portland and blended cement market expands 11% in January

18 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Total shipments of Portland and blended cement in the USA and Puerto Rico advanced 11 per cent YoY to 6.4Mt, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). A combined 49 per cent of these were accounted for by the five leading cement-consuming states – Texas, California, Florida, Georgia and Arizona. The leading producing states were Texas, California, Florida, Missouri and Alabama. Masonry cement shipments in January 2019 totalled 192,000t, representing an increase of 14 per cent when comp...

Pakistan's exports to South Africa fall after anti-dumping duty

18 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Pakistan’s cement exports to South Africa have significantly fallen over the last two years as a result of the anti-dumping duty imposed by the South African government, according to Mohammad Rafiq Memon, chairman of the Pakistan-South Africa Business Forum (PSABF). The value of cement exports to the country has reportedly decreased to around US$100-150m from US$700m recorded prior to the imposition of the duty. "We are trying our best to get this issue resolved but Pakistan’s Ministry of...

Peruvian cement market expands 5% in March

17 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Peru’s cement consumption advanced 4.8 per cent to 0.931Mt in March 2019 when compared with March 2018, according to the country’s cement association, Asocem. The figure includes 105,500t of cement imports, up 116 per cent from 48,900t in March 2018. Peru also imported 32,500t of clinker, representing a 63 per cent fall YoY when compared 87,400t in the equivalent period of the previous year. Meanwhile, domestic cement production in the South American country increased 4.3 per cent YoY an...

Rwanda Bureau of Standards rejects Hima Cement imports

17 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Rwanda Bureau of Standards (RBS) returned cement imports into Rwanda by Uganda's Hima Cement Ltd (LafargeHolcim group) last month after they failed to meet the country's import quality standards. The cement that was transported in three 30t trucks was returned to Uganda, confirmed Uganda's government paper, New Vision. RBS Director General, Raymond Murenzi, clarified that the goods were subjected to routine standards tests which they failed to meet. The cement packages were found to weigh...

Matsiloje Cement MD claims his company was not protected

16 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Racjit Josh, managing director of the closed Matsiloje Portland Cement (MPC) plant, has said that it would be difficult to reopen the plant without government support to restrict cement imports. The Botswana factory, which is owned by Nortex Textiles, closed in January 2018 due to competition from South African imports and 150 people lost their jobs. In June last year, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment said that it was in the process of introducing restrictions on the importa...

Trinidad Cement seeks higher taxes on Rock Hard Cement imports

08 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Trinidad Cement Ltd (TCL) has written to the Caribbean Court of Justice to seek higher taxes to be imposed on Rock Hard Cement imports, according to the Nation. TCL wants the final appellate court to raise the tax on imported cement above the five per cent which has been suggested by last month's CARICOM Council of Trade and Economic Development (COTED). Hard Rock Cement has been importing product classified as 'other hydraulic cement' from Portugal, which makes it eligible for the five pe...

Argentina’s cement demand declines 14% in March

04 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Cement demand in Argentina has fallen 13.8 per cent YoY to 940,112t in March 2019 when compared  with 1,091,122t in March 2018, according to the country’s cement association, AFCP. However, MoM consumption edged up 2.1 per cent. Market needs were entirely supplied by domestic producers as imports fell from 17,290t in March 2018 to zero, continuing the trend of the first two months of 2019. In addition to supplying the domestic market, they also exported 10,896t, representing a YoY increa...