Economy & Market
Zimbabwe cement producers want additional duty on imported cement
Zimbabwe´s cement producers want the government to impose tariffs on imports, including from Nigeria´s Dangote Cement, saying this would prevent the collapse of the local industry and save jobs.
The southern African nation has three cement manufacturers, Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe, Pretoria Portland Cement Zimbabwe and Chinese-owned Sino Cement, which have a combined installed capacity of 1.85 million tonnes.
Africa´s richest man, Nigeria´s Aliko Dangote, said in August last year that he planned to open a $400 million cement plant in Zimbabwe. ´The local industry cannot compete with imports leading to potential closure of businesses,´ the CCIZ said.
´The industry requests the ministry to impose an industry protection tariff to equate the landed price of imported cement to the cost of local manufacture (of) $50 per tonne.´CCIZ said only local producers should be allowed to import cement after getting approval from the government.