Pakistan’s cement exports to Afghanistan decline by 58%
According to the figures by APCMA, cement exports to Afghanistan declined from 441,812 tons in July 2013 to 183,927 tons in July 2014.
This drops the overall cement exports figures from 749,000 tons in July of last year to 503,000 tons in the month this year.
Officials have linked the drop in cements exports to Pakistan’s weakening competitiveness in the international market, as other regional markets’ products are penetrating into the market, like Iran.
The withdrawing of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has also been cited as a factor in the diminishing cement exports to Afghanistan.
In addition, the high duty on imported coal has increased the cost of cement business after massive hikes in power and energy tariffs. Cement industry is the main user of imported coal.
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