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Cement industry in a hard place

South Africa’s cement industry is another one concerned about the impact of dumped imports on local business and jobs.

The industry has applied for increased tariffs on cement from some Asian countries to level the playing field for the local industry, which faces compliance costs that its competitors escape.

It is also part of exploratory discussions with government on developing a construction industry master plan.

Njombo Lekula, MD of PPC Southern Africa, warned that cheap imports had killed the cement industry in East Africa, and all cement there was now imported. “South Africa does not want to end up in that state,” he said.

A similar warning has been sounded by FairPlay about dumped poultry imports, which took 95% of the Ghana’s poultry market and led to price increases.