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All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA)

APCMA is the apex body of the cement manufacturers of Pakistan. It is registered body under section 3 of the Trade Organization Ordinance 2007 wide license no 14, dated April 26, 2008 issued by Ministry of Commence. It was incorporated on14th of September 1992 under section 32 of the Companies Ordinance 1984

Pakistan’s cement dispatches rise 16% in January

Pakistan’s cement factories recorded a growth of 16.3 per cent in cement dispatches during January 2021 when total cement dispatches reached at 4.73Mt against 4.07Mt in the same month of last fiscal year, says data released by All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA).

Out of the total dispatches, local cement shipments increased to 4.03Mt compared to 3.26Mt in January 2020, depicting a growth of 23.7 per cent. Whereas exports dropped by 14.1 per cent from 808,874t to 694,934t during this period.

During January 2021 northern factories dispatched 3.31Mt locally, a healthy increase of 23.5 per cent from 2.68Mt in January 2020, while southern mills dispatched 724,281t cement for local consumption, which was 24.6 per cent higher than 581,316t cement dispatched in January 2020.

Exports from the north increased by 25.4 per cent to 233,404t in January 2021 from 186,185t in January 2020, whereas the exports from the south fell by 25.9 per cent to 461,530t in January 2021 from 622,689t during the same month last year.

Consolidated dispatches in 7MFY21
In the first seven months of this fiscal year, total cement dispatches (domestic and exports) were 33.36Mt, reaching 15.8 per cent higher than the cement dispatches during the corresponding period of last fiscal year.

The breakdown shows that local dispatches increased by 17 per cent in the July 2020-January 2021 period to 27.65Mt from 23.63Mt during July 2019-January 2220. Exports also increased from 5.186Mt in July 2019-January 2020 to 5.71Mt between July 2020-January 2021, showing a rise of 10.2 per cent.

Major challenge
A spokesman of APCMA said that the cement uptake had reached a historic high in the domestic market. Still, the increase in its main inputs is the major challenge for the industry. Coal rates are continually going up in the global market and the cement sector is facing significant cost increase. Moreover, diesel and petrol prices have increased for the fifth time in the past three months, which has increased transportation cost.

“There is a declining trend in exports in the last three months as the cement manufacturers are losing competitiveness due to high fuel and energy costs,” he said, adding that fuel and energy are the two significant inputs of the cement industry.

Construction relief package boosts cement sector growth: APCMA

Chairman of All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA) Muhammad Ali A. Tabba said Tuesday said that the relief package provided by the government boosted Cement sector growth through increasing demands in construction sector.

“The tax amnesty provided by the government, development in low-cost housing sector and revival of China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) Project were the main contributors to increase growth in cement manufacturing and export,” Chairman, APCMA Muhammad Ali A. Tabba said.

He said that the exports of the cement also increased, saying that currently Africa was the potential market for the Pakistan cement exports while regional countries including Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Philippines were the major importers of Pakistani cement.

Quoting the latest data, the APCMA Chairman said that there was around 16 percent growth in cement dispatches during the first half of the current fiscal year (2020-21), reaching to 28.628 million tones from 24.751 million tones last year.

The cement sales, he added, also grew to 4.78 million tones during December 2020 compared to sales of 4.30 million tones in December 2019, showing growth of 11.8 percent.

The local cement dispatches in December 2020 also increased to 4.154 million tones as compared to 3.536 million tones in December 2019.

He said that government s effective measures were giving a boost to construction industry across the country while electricity relief package was also contributing a lot in accelerating economic activities in all sectors.

He said that many other industries were associated with the construction industry so the expansion of the construction package would not only boost the business of all allied industries, it would also increase investment and create plenty of new jobs leading to reduction in unemployment and poverty.

The prime minister had announced his government s second tax amnesty scheme, allowing people to invest in the construction sector without disclosing the source of income.

The scheme was also offered on projects that were under construction even before the announcement of the scheme.


Source: Dunya News

APCMA appeals for expeditious handling of imported coal

Pakistan’s cement manufacturers have appealed to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, the Minister for Industries and Production, Hammad Azhar, and the Minister for Maritime Affairs, Ali Zaidi, to ensure the smooth expeditious handling of imported raw materials for cement and other industries at the country’s ports at competitive rates.

The All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA) has appealed that coal imports at Port Qasim has become a costly and time-consuming affair and needs to be addressed, otherwise it may lead to an increase in cement prices.

According to the APCMA, the exclusivity granted to just one terminal at Port Qasim as a shared facility for the handling of imported coal has resulted in severe congestion, which is now causing some serious threats not only to the cement industry but also the power and textile sector of Pakistan.

As a result, coal importers are now facing a delay of up to 7-10 days for the offloading of their consignments, which is not only causing production disruptions but also an additional cost of hundreds of thousands of dollars in the form of vessel demurrage, resulting in increased production costs and the preventable depletion of precious foreign reserves.

The association has stated that the handling of imported coal was impacted when the Supreme Court of Pakistan ordered the closure of Karachi Port (KPT) for coal offloading in a bid to reduce environmental problems. There is now only one berth at Port Qasim. Presently, it handles about 10-12Mta of coal, which will grow to 16Mta next year.

The APCMA appeal includes ensuring availability and opening of all berths for coal importers at Port Qasim for unloading through geared vessels, which is cheaper by US$3/t, and passing a bill in the Federal Cabinet to allow industrial importers to use KPT for coal vessel unloading and the direct delivery of their consignments. Finally, to allow the priority berthing of coal vessels at all berths of Port Qasim and KPT.

source: Cemnet