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Lower exports to Afghanistan pulled down Pakistan cement export figures for July

World Cement,

Reports in the local press have highlighted the latest cement statistics released by the All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association. In July 2014, cement dispatches totalled 2.23 million t, down 14.12% y/y on July 2013’s 2.6 million t. Domestic sales fell by 6.52% y/y from 1.85 million t to 1.73 million t.

Cement exports also declined, dropping from 749 000 t in July 2013 to 503 000 t in the same month of this year. The decrease has largely been attributed to a contraction in the volume of exports to Afghanistan, which fell from 441 812 t to 183 927 t. Export competition from other countries in the region, such aw Iraq, was also listed as a factor.

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