Pakistan: Cement exports from Pakistan have fallen by 5.28% to 4.22Mt, according to figures on the first six months of the 2012-2013 financial year from the All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA). However domestic cement sales increased by 7.61% to 11.7Mt in the same period. The Pakistan financial year runs from 1 July until 30 June.
A statement from the APCMA revealed that cement plants in the south of the country grew by 7.98% in the local market but posted even higher declines of 16.3% for exports. In the north, where the majority of the country's cement capacity of located, the industry posted a growth of 7.52% in domestic sales whilst exports declined by 1.31%.
The APCMA added that hype created on trade with India has so far not materialised and export in that market was only 0.209Mt during the last six months, a decline of 40.41% and a result well below the expectation of the cement sector. The APCMA spokesman blamed 'stringent non tariff barriers' from India.
During the last six months, the adjacent Afghanistan market remained stable and cement sector exported 2.41Mt. Exports to other destination through sea excluding India also remained stable in comparison with the last six months of 2011-12.