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USGS reports on cement in October 2016

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Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico in October 2016 were about 9.0 million t, down by 3.4% from sales in October 2015. The leading producing States for portland and blended cement in October 2016 were Texas, Missouri, California, Florida, and Michigan, in descending order, and these accounted for about 41% of the national total.

The leading cement-consuming States (Texas, California, Florida, Illinois, and Ohio, in descending order) received 37% of the October shipments. Sales for January through October totalled 79.4 million t, up by 2.3% from those in the same period in 2015. Clinker production totalled 6.9 million t in October 2016, essentially unchanged from the output in October 2015. The leading clinker-producing States in October were, in descending order, Texas, Missouri, California, Florida, and Alabama. Production for January through October totalled 63.6 million t, up slightly from the same period in 2015. Masonry cement shipments of about 217 000 t in October 2016 were up by 2.1% from those in October 2015. The leading masonry-cement-consuming States were, in descending order, Florida, Texas, California, Georgia, and North Carolina; these received about 51% of October’s shipments. Shipments for January through October 2016 were 2.1 million t, up by 4.2% from shipments in the same period in 2015.

Imports have been increasing at rates generally higher than for cement sales levels overall, for some time. This partly reflects the collapse of imports during the recession (hence a low basis for comparison), but also the relatively low cost of imports due to a combination of low bunker fuel costs, modest ship chartering rates, increased ship availability, and a strong dollar. In some regions, imports are offsetting domestic production constraints caused by problems bringing long-idle extra kilns back online. Clinker imports have also increased, likely temporarily, ahead of expected disruptions to kiln output at certain plants that are undergoing upgrades. October 2016 imports of cement and clinker of about 1.2 million t were 22% higher than in October 2015. Imports for January through October totalled 11.6 million t, up by about 21% from those of the same period in 2015.

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