Kazakhstan Bans Import of Cement
IRAN NEWS ECONOMIC DESK
TEHRAN – Director of Office of European and American Countries of Iran’s Trade Promotion Organization says Kazakhstan government has slapped ban on imports of cement and Iran’s representative as well as its embassy are pursuing to settle the issue.
Speaking to ILNA, Mr. Behrouz Hasan Olfat said that according to the reports from Iran’s consulate in Octavo, Kazakhstan’s industry ministry slapped ban on imports of cement on April 9 and according to this decision, some certain types of cement are not allowed to be imported into the country for six months.
He added that the ban came into effect as of April 27, adding that some certain types of cement like clinker, Portland, alumina and hydraulic have faced bans.
Iran’s Consul General in Aktau Mr Habibollah Malakoutifar said that since Kazakhstan is the major destination for Iran’s cement export, Iranian activists and factories involved in cement industry will face problems and the consulate has been in touch with Kazakh officials to solve the problem.
He added that cement is one of Iran’s major exports to Kazakhstan via Aktau Port and called for a collective decision and solution for this woe.
He reiterated that Kazakhs are very serious and they do not let Iranian vessels carrying cement to offload their cargos.
Malakoutifar said that officials in Aktau say that they cannot change the decision and it is what has been decided by the government.
It seems the decision was made because Kazakhstan domestic cement production has increased and at the same time demands for constructions and need for imports have declined.