TEHRAN (Iran News) – Secretary of Cement Industry Employers Association says the country haس exported 3.2m tons of cement in the first three quarters of the current year which shows 12% decline comparing to the same period last year.
Speaking to ILNA, Abdolreza Sheikhan talked about the latest development in the cement industry of the country and said since June, it was decided cement to be offered in the mercantile exchanges which was welcomed by the vendors and purchasers both and it has brought back calm to the domestic market.
He reiterated that by offering cement in the mercantile exchange, the hands of the middlemen have been almost cut, reiterating that the cement sale is not done in big tonnages like 5,000 to 10,000 tons and it is very limited and therefore it is not right that middlemen by presence in the mercantile exchange creating problem and chaos.
Sheikhan noted that restriction of electricity supply for the cement producers has started and it is unknown when it will be lifted and expressed hope it would not affect the production.
He said the country in the first three quarters of the current year has produced 55.28 tons of clinker which shows no considerable decline year on year and in the same period some 6.6m tons of cement has been produced which shows 8 percent decrease comparing to the same period last year.
He went on to say that the amount of exported clinker in the same period has been 6.6m tons which shows 2 percent increase while the amount of exported cement in this period has been 3.2m tons which shows 12 percent drop.
He blamed transportation as the major reason for the decline of cement export, admitting that the price of Iran’s cement is unable to compete with its foreign rivals because of their cheaper prices.
He said Afghanistan has been major destination for export of Iran’s cement export and due to recent developments in this country the amount of exports has decreased.