JIS News

Some 70,000 tonnes of cement are expected to arrive in the island by June for distribution by six private sector companies, in an effort to relieve the slump in the construction industry caused by a shortage of the product.
Information Minister, Senator Colin Campbell, who made the disclosure during a post Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House in Kingston on Monday (May 29), told journalists that the additional 70,000 tonnes would be brought into the island by Caribbean Cement Company, Duro Chemicals, Freight Management, Mainland, Arc Systems Limited and Tankweld.
Minister Campbell said an update received from the Industry, Commerce Science and Technology (with Energy) Ministry, had indicated that shipping schedules for the cargoes were already completed.
“Based on the ETAs (estimated time of arrivals), we will have in Jamaica through private sector imports, 70,000 tonnes for the month of June,” the Information Minister said.
The current shortage, which has stemmed from severe cement production problems now facing monopoly supplier, Caribbean Cement Company Limited, following the release of faulty cement on the local market, has seen the entity falling significantly short of industry demands.