After posting reduce for 3 consecutive months, cement dispatches increased by 29.94% in June 2020 to 4.623 million tons from 3.557 million tons in June 2019, ending the fiscal year 2019-2020 on a positive note.
The domestic cement uptake increased by a massive 19.63% to 3.835 million tons in June 2020 from 3.206 million tons in June 2019. As per to the data released by All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA)
The exports also increased by 123.89% from 0.351 million tons in June 2019 to 0.787 million tons in June 2020.
The domestic cement consumption in the North was 3.384 million tons in June 2020 against 2.750 million tons in June 2019, however, exports from North reduce to 46,025 tons this June compared with 0.145 million tons last June.
The scenario was opposite in the South where domestic consumption declined to 0.451 million tons from 0.455 million tons in June 2019, but exports increased from 0.206 million tons in June 2019 to 0.742 million tons in June 2020.
Overall the cement consumption during July-Jun 2019-20 inched up by 1.98 percent to 47.81 million tons solely on the strength of higher export growth of 19.8 percent that crossed 7 million tons mark after a long time.
The domestic consumption however decline by almost 1%, the first such decline in the last 6 years.
The performance of cement units in different zones depicted the strength of the south zone in exports and the north zone in local consumption.
In fiscal year 2019-2020 the mills in North Zone dispatched 34.327 million of cement to the local market that grew by 6.07%t over the consumption in the previous fiscal.
However it lost 22% of the export market by exporting only 1.97 million tons of cement. The region lost Indian market due to protective policies of Indian government and Afghan market due to decline in construction activities in the land locked country.
In South zone the mills were badly hit by low consumption in the region as their dispatches declined by 29.37% to only 5.637 million tons.
However its exports registered a healthy increase 46.47% as it exported 5.877 million tons of cement in 2019-20. In fact the cement exports were higher than the local consumption perhaps for the first time in history.
APCMA spokesman said that “The higher uptake in June has provided a hope that the new fiscal year would be better as a result of the incentives provided to the construction sector,”
He lauded the reduction in excise duty on cement but has asked for complete withdrawal of excise on the commodity as excise is a punitive duty imposed to curb the use of harmful items.
APCMA spokesman said that Cement is the backbone of the construction industry that this government wants to promote.
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