LAHORE (Staff Reporter): The All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association has raised concern over the influx of smuggled Iranian cement into Balochistan and other coastal areas. Unfortunately, the government has not taken any result oriented steps to curb the smuggling, it said. “Cement industry loses approximately 1 million tons of volume annually due to smuggled Iranian cement,” said the All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association. APCMA spokesman said that the exports are on continuous decline since last few years, registering 2.84% negative growth in 2013-14, 11.57% in 2014-15, and 18.38 % in 2015-16. “This should be a concern for the government. The government should support local manufacturers to compete globally by giving them freight/transportation subsidy and other incentives to promote exports’. Quantitatively, during July 2016, exports from North zone were 306,000 tons while exports from South zone were 159,000 tons. In July 2015, the cement exports from North were 274,000 tons and from South 192,000 tons.
During July 2016, exports to Afghanistan declined to 149,666 tons (-15.87%) compared to 177,900 tons during July 2015. Exports by sea also substantially reduced to 177,492 tons (-27.43%) during July 2016 against 244,590 tons during July 2015.