Pakistan’s cement sector posted robust growth of 40.41 percent in April 2021 as compared to April 2020.
According to data released by the All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA), the total cement sales during April 2021 reached 4.943 million tons compared to 3.52 million tons during the same month of the last fiscal year.
The local cement sales during the month of April 2021 increased to 4.066 million tons from 3.271 million tons in April 2020, showing a healthy increase of 24.29 percent. Exports also increased significantly by 252 percent, from 249,127 tons in April 2020 to 877,163 tons in April 2021.
In April 2021, the North-based cement mills dispatched 3.377 million tons of cement in domestic markets showing an increase of 15.33 percent over 2.928 million tons dispatches in April 2020. South-based mills dispatched 688,239 tons of cement in local markets during April 2020 registering a robust increase of 100% compared to the dispatches of 342,594 tons in April 2020.
Exports from North-based mills registered an enormous increase of 155 times as the volumes increased from just 1,609 tons in April 2020 to 250,072 tons in April 2021. Exports from the South also increased by 153.35 percent to 627,091 tons in April 2021 from 247,519 tons during the same month last year.
During the first ten months of this fiscal year, total cement dispatches (domestic and exports) were 48.274 million tons which were 19.03 percent higher than 40.555 million tons of cement dispatched during the corresponding period of last fiscal year.
From July 20 to April 21, local dispatches increased by 18.87 percent to 40.249 million tons from 33.859 million tons in the same period last year. Exports increased from 6.696 million tons during the first 10 months of the last fiscal to 8.025 million tons from July 20 to April 21, showing a growth of 19.84 percent.
During the first 10 months of the current fiscal year, north-based mills dispatched 34.008 million tons of cement for domestic consumption that was 17.51 percent higher compared to the dispatches during the same period last fiscal that stood at 28.941 million tons. Exports from North were 2.161 million tons showing an increase of 12.75 percent over exports of 1.916 million tons during the same period of last fiscal year.
Local dispatches from South-based mills were 6.241 million tons during the first ten months of the current fiscal year which was 26.92 percent higher than 4.917 million tons dispatched during the corresponding period of last fiscal year. The exports from the South recorded 5.863 million tons registering an increase of 22.69 percent over exports of 4.779 million tons during the same period last year.
A spokesman of APCMA said that it is very good to see that cement exports have touched 8 million tons during the first ten months of the current fiscal year and will likely cross 9 million tons by June 2021. “Another point worth noting is that domestic dispatches are increasing even in the month of Ramadan during which the construction activities usually slow down,” he added.
However, despite this growth, the industry is operating in a very tough scenario due to a continuous rise in major inputs. “We request the government to treat the cement sector at par with other exporting sectors and rationalize import levies on coal as well as the electricity tariff which are the mains cost elements of the cement sector,” added the spokesman of APCMA.