Domestic cement dispatches decline by 37.63 percent in May 2020

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From Business Correspondent

ISLAMABAD: The impact of the construction package announced by the government is yet to be seen as the domestic cement uptake declined by a massive 37.63 percent to 2.27 million tons in May 2020 from 3.64 million tons in May 2019, the 3rd double digit monthly decline this fiscal.

Moreover, exports also decreased by 24.81 percent from 0.483 million tons in May 2019 to 0.363 million tons in May 2020.

According to the data released by All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA), cement despatches were only 2.63 million tons in May 2020 for both export and local consumption against the desptaches of 4.12 million tons during the corresponding month of last fiscal, which shows a decrease of 36.12 percent.

The decline in cement despatches is mainly due to Holy month of Ramzan, Covid-19 and Eid holidays which slows the construction activity.

The domestic cement consumption in the North was 2.001 million tons against 3.05 million tons in May 2019. The consumption in the Southern zone of the country declined to 0.269 million tons from 0.589 million tons in May 2019. In the same way the exports from the North declined to 7,520 tons this May compared with 0.164 million tons last May. From the South, which is the hub of cement exports, there was a nominal increase from 0.319 million tons in May 2019 to 0.356 million tons in May 2020.

During the first eleven months of this fiscal the total cement despatches were 43.189 million tons against 43.327 million tons during the same period last fiscal posting a decline of 0.32 percent.

The domestic consumption during the first eleven months of this fiscal declined by 2.72 percent, Cement despatches declined to 36.13 million tons in current fiscal from 37.14 million tons in corresponding period. While exports increased by 14.07 percent, export despatches increased to 7.059 million tons during the eleven months of current fiscal from 6.188 million tons in the corresponding period last year.

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