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US cement imports continue their positive run

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World Cement,

US shipments of cement dropped back slightly in March, before recovering well in April, according to date from the US Geological Survey (USGS). Shipments – which include both domestically-sourced cement, as well as imports – were down 1.03% in March year on year, but rising 8.42% year on year in April.

Imports continued their unbroken run of monthly year-on-year rises that now goes back to May 2017. In March, imports rose 1.65%, while in April they were up 12.05%. This follows year-on-year increases of 3.20% and 16.09% in January and February, respectively.

Overall, imports to April 2018 are up 8.31% at 3.14 million t.

USGS data also tends to underestimate imports of cement, as it does not include informal imports trucked in from Canada through the Seattle and Detroit customs districts or from Mexico trough the El Paso district.

Shipments of domestic cement to April 2018 totaled 24.07 million t, a 1.89% increase on the first four months of 2017. Overall, January – April shipments stood at 27.22 million t, a 2.58% increase on the same period last year. Clinker production, meanwhile, stood at 21.7 million t between January and April, essentially unchanged year on year.

Texas, California, Florida, Georgia, and Ohio were the leading cement-consuming states in April, receiving about 44% of shipments. Top producers were Texas, California, Missouri, Florida, and Alabama.

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