LAHORE: Cement sales increased by 29.94 percent in June 2020 to 4.623 million tons from 3.557 million tons in June 2019, ending the fiscal year 2020 on a positive note after a decline for three consecutive months.
According to the data released by All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA), domestic cement uptake increased by a massive 19.63 percent to 3.835 million tons in June 2020 from 3.206 million tons in June 2019. Moreover, exports also increased by 123.89 percent to 0.787 million tons in June 2020 from 0.351 million tons in June 2019.
Domestic cement consumption in the north was 3.384 million tons in June 2020 against 2.750 million tons in June 2019. However, exports from the north declined to 46,025 tons this June compared with 0.145 million tons last June.
In the southern region, the situation was the opposite with domestic consumption declining to 0.451 million tons from 0.455 million tons in June 2019. However, exports increased to 0.742 million tons in June 2020 from 0.206 million tons in June 2019.
The overall cement consumption during July-June 2019-2020 inched up 1.98 percent to 47.81 million tonnes due to higher export growth of 19.8 percent that crossed 7 million tonnes mark after a long time.
Domestic consumption contracted by almost one percent, the first such decline in the last six years. The performance of cement units in different zones depicted the strength of the south zone in exports and the north zone in local consumption.
During fiscal year 2019-20, the mills in the north zone dispatched 34.327 million of cement to the local market, up 6.07 percent over the consumption in the previous fiscal. However, it lost 22 percent of the export market by exporting only 1.97 million tons of cement.
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