April 06, 2022: Cement despatches declined by 6.25 percent in March 2022. Total Cement despatches during March 2022 were 5.04 million tons against 5.37 million Tons despatched during the same month of last fiscal year.
According to the data released by All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA), local cement despatches by the industry during the month of March 2022 were 4.74 million tons compared to 4.56 million tons in March 2021, showing an increase of 4.02 percent. Export despatches suffered a massive decline of 63.77 percent as the volumes reduced from 815,120 tons in March 2021 to 295,321 tons in March 2022.
In March 2022, North-based cement mills despatched 3.85 million tons of cement in domestic markets showing an increase of 1.07 percent against 3.8 million tons despatches in March 2021. South-based mills despatched 897,697 tons of cement in local markets during March 2022 which was 18.94 percent higher compared to the despatches of 754,741 tons during March 2021.
Exports from North-based mills massively declined by 71.26 percent as the quantities reduced from 280,411 tons in March 2021 to 80,584 tons in March 2022. Exports from the South also reduced by 59.84 percent to 214,737 tons in March 2022 from 534,709 tons during the same month last year.
During the first nine months of the current fiscal year, total cement despatches (domestic and exports) were 40.81 million tons which calculates to5.81 percent lower than 43.33 million tons despatched during the corresponding period of last fiscal year. Further analyses indicate that domestic uptake of the commodity reduced by 0.03 percent to 36.17 million tons from 36.18 million tons during July-March 2021whereas exports during the same period declined by a massive 35.04 percent to 4.64 million tons from 7.14 million tons during July-March 2021.
North-based Mills despatched 29.93 million tons of cement domestically during the first nine months of the current fiscal year showing a reduction of 2.27 percent than cement despatches of 30.63 million tons during July-March 2021. Exports from the North declined by 64.47 percent to 679,101 tons during July-March 2022 compared with 1.91 million tons exported during the same period last year.
Domestic despatches by South-based Mills during July-March 2022 were 6.23 million tons showing an increase of 12.31 percent over 5.55 million tons of cement despatched during the same period of last fiscal year. There was a substantial decline of around 24.31 percent in exports from the south zone as the volumes reduced to 3.96 million tons in the first nine months of current fiscal year from 5.23 million tons during the corresponding period of the last fiscal year.
A spokesman of the All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association said that the steep decline in cement exports is hurting not only the cement manufacturers but the government’s revenue collection and foreign exchange as well.
There is an immense need to formulate industry-friendly policies to catch up with the cement sales in international markets as well as to increase indigenous consumption of the commodity, he added.