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newsMoneyweb reports that the local cement manufacturing sector has been hit by a double whammy of cheap imports together with lower demand brought on by SA’s flagging economic growth.  

Now the industry is calling out for support from government.  It wants tariffs imposed on cement imports, largely from China and Vietnam, as well as special designation from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for government construction contracts to use local cement.  The Concrete Institute (TCI), an industry body representing SA’s major cement companies including PPC, AfriSam, Lafarge, Sephaku Cement and Natal Portland Cement, is leading the call and has applied to the International Trade Administration Commission of SA (ITAC) for what it refers to as “safeguard action” against cheap cement imports.  It has also sent a letter alerting the DTI of its plans to seek approval for “special designation” of SA-made cement to be used in state infrastructural projects.  TCI CEO Bryan Perrie said on Tuesday that they were not calling for a total ban on imported cement, but rather tariffs to safeguard the local industry.  He said imported cement was “undercutting” the local industry by up to 45%.  Perrie advised that the local cement industry directly employed over 7,000 people and indirectly supported some 35,000 jobs.  “Jobs will be on the line if the government does not step in to protect the local cement industry.  We need to defend our industry against subsidised imports,” he warned.

  • Read the full original of the above report by Suren Naidoo at Moneyweb

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