BRIEF ON CEMENT PRICES-10th April 2018

Introduction

Recently cement prices have been rising due to the scarcity of cement on the market

Old prices

Factory Price:  25,000 – 27,000

Wholesalers:   28,000 – 29,000

Retail Price:    30,000 - 31,000

Current Prices:

Factory price:   29,000 – 31,000

Wholesalers:     34,000 – 35,000

Retail price:      36,000 – 40,000

Meeting with cement manufacturers and wholesalers

On Tuesday 10th April 2018 I met the 3 cement manufacturers (Hima cement, Tororo cement & Kampala cement) and the wholesalers to establish the exact cause of the increased prices and to devise solutions.

Causes of increased prices raised by the Manufacturers

  • Continued power outages affecting Hima cement and Tororo cement causing a reduction in production. Hima has lost 10,000 MT since January 2018
  • Increased local demand of cement caused by the growth of the construction sector from 23% to 30% and the major construction projects like Karuma dam & Isimba dam and also some constructions in the oil and gas industry.
  • High demand of cement exports from neigbouring countries especially Rwanda and DRC
  • Delays in clearance of trucks of clinker at the border by URA
  • 10% import duty on clinker that increases the production costs
  • The annual closure of cement factories for routine maintenance
  • High fuel prices which have also affected transport and distribution 

Resolutions

  1. Government to immediately regulate the export of cement to address the scarcity until the market has stabilized. 
  2. Government to recommend a cap on wholesale and retail prices
  3. Fast track the clearance of clinker that belongs to Hima that is held at the border by URA.
  4. UMEME to sort out the problem of power outages that are affecting production at Hima cement and Tororo cement.
  5. MTIC to support the call for duty remission on clinker. MTIC to work with the Ministry of Finance to lift 10% of import duty on clinker.
  6. MTIC to work with Ministry of Energy to fast track securing a mining license for limestone for Hima cement
  7. New cement factory – Simba cement to open up in June 2018
  8. All manufacturers made a commitment which they are to put in writing to double their supply in the next 3 weeks to address the scarcity problem
  9. If by Mid May there is scarcity of cement, Government will be compelled to open up the market and allow in imported cement on special duty rate

 

 

 Uganda Export Promotion Board Uganda Warehouse Receipt System Authority Management Training and Advisory Centre Uganda National Bureau of Standards Uganda Industrial Research Institute