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Approximately 23,500 tonnes of cement will be available for distribution this week.
This figure was released yesterday (July 24), by the Ministry of Industry, Technology, Energy and Commerce (MITEC), in conjunction with the Incorporated Master Builders Association, the Hardware Merchants Association, and the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce.
At a joint meeting at the Ministry in Kingston, the entities reported that of the total, the Caribbean Cement Company Limited (CCCL) would make available 20,000 tonnes, with 16,000 being produced from local production and the remaining 4,000 from the second shipment of cement from Cuba, which is scheduled to arrive in the island tomorrow (July 25).
The additional 3,500 tonnes will be made available by ARC Systems, which also reported that it sold 2,800 tonnes of cement last week.
Last week, the Caribbean Cement Company sold 16,911 tonnes of cement, with 4,151 being bulk; 1,541 tonnes in jumbo bags and the remainder equalling 263,135 bags.
The company announced that year-to-date sales amounted to 510,000 tonnes, up from 498,000 tonnes for the corresponding period last year.