PRETORIA – Cement and lime producer PPC has said that it was engaging with government authorities again about cement imports into South Africa, which increased 80 percent in the 11 months to November last year, compared to the prior corresponding period.
The company said yesterday that the engagements were meant to ensure the sustainability of the domestic industry and market stabilisation.
It said cement imports into Cape Town increased by 48 percent to 209 000 tons in this period, but was still substantially lower than the majority of imports into Durban, which increased by 84 percent.
South Africa’s cement industry previously faced a challenge from imports from Pakistan, which dropped significantly after the imposition of anti-dumping duties by the International Trade Administration Commission.
However, the industry was then confronted by a new import challenge from Chinese cement producers.