Turkmenistan blocks Iranian cement imports

Business Materials 13 April 2013 15:11 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, Apr.13/ Trend G.Mehdi/

Turkmenistan's customs administration has blocked importing Iranian cement consignments, Khorasan Persian language newspaper has written.

However, Iranian cement is being transited to other countries through the territory of Turkmenistan.

An Iranian administration official has urged the country's foreign ministry to pursue the issue and remove the problem as soon as possible.

Turkmenistan is the third biggest importer of Iranian cement, accounting for 7 percent of the total imports.

Iran exported over $822 million worth of cement and related products during the first 11 months of the past Iranian calendar year (March 20, 2012-February 18, 2013), showing a 35 percent increase compared to the same period in the preceding year, ISNA reported.

The exports amounted to 10.4 million tons in weight, showing a 27 percent growth year on year.

Iran exported cement products to 24 countries. Iraq, Azerbaijan, and Turkmenistan were the main importers of cement products from Iran.

On December 28, 2012, Iranian Industry, Mine, and Trade Deputy Minister Vajiollah Jafari said by reaching the annual output capacity of 115 million tons, Iran will become world's third largest cement producer in the coming years.

Iran's cement output will reach 75 million tons by the end of current Iranian calendar year, ISNA reported.

Iran plans to increase its cement output up to 85 million tons by the end of the next Iranian Calendar year.

The world's total cement production in 2011 stood at 3.6 billion tons.

Iran plans to export 12 million tons of cement in the current calendar year.

Industry, Mine and Trade Minister Mehdi Ghazanfari said in August 2012 that the country's cement production capacity will reach 110 million tons by 2015.