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Tajikistan and Pakistan discuss ways to improve trade relations

01 December 2017, Published under Cement News

Representatives from Tajikistan and Pakistan have discussed ways to improve trade relations for the mutual benefit of both countries, with the cement industry identified as a potential area of cooperation. Jononov Sherali, Ambassador of Tajikistan, said that the geographical locations of both countries offer as-yet untapped opportunities for working together, during a meeting with the Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Mr Sherali also commented on how Pakistan could become on...

DR Congo slaps ban on cement imports

23 October 2017, Published under Cement News

The Ministry of External Trade in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has imposed an import ban on a selection of goods, Including cement which is expected to impact on Zambian cement producers. A circular dated 25 August 2017 and signed by Minister of External Trade Jean-Lucien Bussa Tongba, included cement on this list of products, reports the Zambia Daily Mail Ltd. The ban is meant to protect local industries, as well as to curb fraud and other illegal practices in the importation...

Pakistan export revenue declines 15% in 2MFY17

09 October 2017, Published under Cement News

The Pakistan cement industry export revenue during the first two months of current financial year (July-Aug 2017) recorded a fall of 14.86 per cent and 13.9 per cent i n terms of value in dollar and quantity, respectively on YoY basis , while mixed trends were also observed on a MoM basis, says data released by Federal Bureau of Statistics, Pakistan Government. The country exported 871,434t of cement and earned export revenue of US$44.92m in July-August 2017 compared to 1Mt at US$52.77m i...

The Philippines' DTI seeks equal treatment on all imported cement

04 October 2017, Published under Cement News

The Philippines' Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) wants to impose "equal treatment" to all imported cement, regardless if the product is brought in by a pure trader or by a manufacturer. "We're not going to give a distinction. Every [product] will undergo product testing, but we’ll see if we're going to do pre-shipment or post-shipment or both. We have to balance it in a way that there's product compliance for the benefit of consumer," Trade Secretary Ramon M Lopez said in an intervie...

Urgent action required on Ghana's imported clinker valuation

04 October 2017, Published under Cement News

Dr George Dawson-Ahmoah, the Chairman of the Cement Manufacturers Association of Ghana, has appealed to the Ag Commissioner to intervene in the valuation on the importation of clinker by the Customs Division of Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA). Dr Dawson-Ahmoah who is also the Strategy and Corporate Affairs Director of Ghacem and the Chairman of the Tema Branch of the Association of Ghana Industries, stressed that the unfavorable economic environment was making business difficult in Gh...

Vietnam's exports rise to 12.17Mt in first eight months

02 October 2017, Published under Cement News

According to preliminary statistics released by the General Department of Customs, Vietnam exported 12.17Mt of cement and clinker for a value of US$430.63m in the first eight months of 2017. The cement volume was up 20.5 per cent and the clinker volume up 13.2 per cent over the same period last year. In August alone, exports of 1.38Mt of cement and clinker reached US$54.09m (down 0.9 per cent in volume, but up seven per cent in value against July 2017). Vietnam's average export price of cem...

Lafarge helps boost rail freight for Zambia Railways

18 September 2017, Published under Cement News

Zambia Railways Ltd (ZRL) has recorded an increase in freight in the first half of the year by 70,379t due to signing of service level agreements with local companies.  Part of the increase was due to ZRL arranging a new contract with Lafarge Cement. ZRL Public Relations Officer, Sombe Ngonga, attributed the increase in freight to the acquisition of more business from its customers in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the importation of coal from Zimbabwe for the booming cement produc...

Portugal's cement exporters face fresh challenges

15 September 2017, Published under Cement News

Portugal’s cement sector has had little choice but to export cement since the euro crisis, but now it faces a new threat of needing to compete with other countries that have begun increasing cement and clinker exports. Six years ago it was a simple decision for Portugal's leading cement markesrs. With the construction industry paralysed and supported by a weak euro, they ploughed their efforts into selling abroad and their exports soared from close to nothing to more than 60 per cent of p...

Pakistan's cement dispatches expected to grow 12% in August

31 August 2017, Published under Cement News

Provisional figures released by a local research house indicate that Pakistan's cement dispatches in Augiust will see a growth of 12 per cent YoY. Total dispatches are expected to reach 4Mt for the month during the month amid low cement prices. Both the north and southern regions are expected to record growth of 15 and 26 per cent YoY, respectively during August 2017 on the back of higher demands from infrastructure activities. However, export dispatches from the north and south are for...

Philippine cement producers oppose import inspections

31 August 2017, Published under Cement News

Letters from local cement firms addressed to Trade and Industry Secretary, Ramon M Lopez, and the Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (CEMAP) have opposed plans to conduct pre-shipment inspection of imported cement, as substitute to testing upon arrival in the country. However, revised rules and guidelines would be welcomed. Ramon S Ang, chairman of Eagle Cement Corp opposed the proposed minimum requirement of pre-shipment inspection for cement imports, reports the Mani...