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Government to lobby Caricom for reduction in import duties

16 January 2013, Published under Cement News

The government of Trinidad and Tobago says it plans to lobby the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping for a reduction in import duties following Trinidad Cement Ltd’s (TCL) recently-announced 9.5 per cent price hike. Trade Minister Vasant Bharath, has held talks with the company on whether the hike was based on increased costs of inputs, or due to inefficiencies. In news reports by local media, Bharat said that TCL’s costs include an annual energy cost of US$12m for natural gas, a debt o...

Argentina’s 2012 cement shipments fall 7.8% YoY

15 January 2013, Published under Cement News

Total shipments (domestic and exports) from Argentine cement producers fell 7.8 per cent YoY, according to the latest update from the Asociacion de Fabricantes de Cemento Portland (AFCP). For the 12 months to December 2012, total shipments reached 10.69Mt compared to 11.6Mt achieved in 2011. Sales to the domestic market were down by 8.16 per cent last year to 10.46Mt, compared to 11.39Mt in the previous year. Exports, remained stable in 2012 at 236,807t compared to 235,412t in 2011. ...

US shipments rise 10% from Jan-October 2012

14 January 2013, Published under Cement News

Total shipments of Portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico for October 2012 were about 8.1Mt, almost 10 per cent greater than shipments in October 2011. Shipments for the year through October were 67.6Mt, up by about 10 per cent, latest data from the US Geological Survey (USGS) shows The leading producing States in October were Texas, Missouri, California, Michigan, and Alabama, in descending order. The leading consuming states (Texas, California, Florida, Illino...

Liberia: implications of rice, cement tariff reduction

10 January 2013, Published under Cement News

On 4th January  2013, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president, issued executive orders Nos 45 and 46 with immediate effect suspending tariffs on rice and cement. The intention is to ensure a simultaneous reduction in the market price of rice and cement. In the interest of national reconstruction and development the government decided to re-instituting the suspension of the protective tariff on cement by wavering the US$2 protective tariff. It also aims at encouraging the establishment of local in...

Federal government steps in to help resolve oversupply dispute, Nigeria

07 January 2013, Published under Cement News

Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment has stepped in to mediate in a dispute over a supply surplus being created in the local industry. Last week, a statement by Dangote Cement's head of corporate communications Anthony Chiejina said that Dangote and Lafarge WAPCO Cement were worried about Ibeto Cement Company continuing to import cement into Nigeria, despite the capacity of local manufacturers to meet demand. The oversupply has led to the closure of the Gboko plant run by Da...

Bangladesh: clinker shipment held at port

03 January 2013, Published under Cement News

A clinker shipment from Singapore for Bangladesh's second largest cement producer HeidelbergCement Bangladesh (HCB) has been hindered by litigation for the past month.  According to sources from the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA), as well as Bangladesh shipping Industry sources, a foreign flag bulk carrier DD Fidelity has been detained since 6 December 2012 on the order of the High Court of Bangladesh due to a dispute regarding the original bill of landing. The vessel shipped 22,810t o...

Algerian Jan-Nov12 imports increase 92%

03 January 2013, Published under Cement News

The first 11 months of 2012 saw Algeria increase its cement imports by 91.95 per cent, according to Algerian customs figures. In terms of value, imports rose from US$117.4m to US$225.4m while in terms of volumes, the advance reached 96.61 per cent from 1.267Mt to 2.492Mt. The high demand for the product, particularly in the dry season from March to August, has been the main cause of this import hike. The country currently has a cement deficit of over 2.5Mta.

Brazil Jan-November cement demand rises 7.6%

13 December 2012, Published under Cement News

Cement consumption in Brazil for the January-November 2012 period reached 63.2Mt, 7.6 per cent ahead of the same period of last year,latest data from Sindicato Nacional da Indústria do Cimento (SNIC) showed. In November alone, sales totaled 5.8Mta, an increase of 3.8 per cent over the same month of 2011, according to the latest statistics In terms of sales by day, November deliveries rose by 2.3 per cent compared to October 2012 figures. According to data obtained by SNIC from the S...

Coboce: Bolivia’s demand growth requires further investment

11 December 2012, Published under Cement News

Without new investment in the cement industry, Cochabamba and Bolivia as a whole could face new supply shortages by 2016. In the past two years, the country has seen demand growth double from seven to 14 per cent and in some cases, growth peaks of up to 26 per cent were recorded. In 2013, a new plant will be launched but the growing demand, fuelled by the growth of public and private works will require further investment. This year the government announced a US$2bn injection in infrastruc...

Tanzania: request to protect local cement firms declined

07 December 2012, Published under Cement News

The Tanzanian government has again rejected local cement producers' pleas for an increase in the common external tariff on cement imports. Instead, the cement companies have been asked to calculate their genuine production costs so that the government can help them compete fairly with their foreign counterparts. The Minister for Trade and Industry, Dr Abdallah Kigoda, said in Dar es Salaam that the government is not planning to remove the suspended duties on imported cement, but would inst...