Malawi relax cement imports to benefit consumer

Malawi government has relaxed  its ban on the importation of cement –  a critical ingredient in the construction industry – in order to protect the consumers from  exploitation of exorbitant prices on the monopolising local industry.

Cement prices stable

Cement prices stable

Cement

Cement

The legally imported  cement is said to be  bringing competition and stabilising the prices of cement in the country exciting  property investors.

The prices of cement in southern region where cement is from local industries is higher than Lilongwe as central region there is competition from the cement imported  mostly from Zambia.

In Zambia, the price of cement has been reduced from $10= a bag to $4 a bag after Dangote, a Nigerian business man, richest black African in the world is offering his cement cheaper.

The benefits are reaching Malawians as the imported cement in the country is being sold at lower prices to benefit the consumer.

The local manufacturers of cement have been overpricing but Ministry of Trade and Industry  has issued licenses to some  importers  to enhance competition on the market.

The  ministry is encouraging other investors to import cement and pay import duty  in order to promote competition in the industry and ensure that prices of cement are affordable to many poor Malawians.

However, the Ministry of Industry and Trade spokesperson, Wiskes Mkombezi  warned against smuggled cement , saying all imports should be cleared by the ministry to avoid  bringing into the country products that may be “ injurious to the public health, public morals and others.”

“The ministry, therefore, will always commit itself to fight smuggling and give strong support to all stakeholders such as Malawi Revenue Authority and the Malawi Police Service in this fight,” said Mkombezi.

“We also call upon members of the community to join hands with the government in the fight against smuggling. Smuggling must be fought everywhere in all its forms,” said Mkombezi.

Malawi Bureau of Standards also ensure that the imported cement conform to the ISO [International Standards Organisation]

The demand for cement in Malawi is rising due to the upsurge in activities in the construction industry.

The country introduced licenses for cement importers in early 2000 as a way of controlling the influx of imported cement on the local market and to provide breathing space for the infant local industry to survive and grow.

Meanwhile, some local  manufacturers are  forcing the ministry not to issue importation licence in the northern region to monopolize and  increase the price.

Since the licence issuance was put in place, Shayona has increased the price by K100  from K5500 to 5600= per bag.

Dangote cement is  being sold at K5900, much more expensive than other cement locally produced.

It was established from the contractors and consumers that the quality of Dangote is much higher, the drying time of concrete is much faster.

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8 thoughts on “Malawi relax cement imports to benefit consumer”

  1. Concretehead says:

    And the Government says it wants to promote “Made in Malawi” and save Forex? And this action does the exact opposite. What a confused bunch of incompetent politicians!

  2. Jongwe says:

    The govt should not be controlled by these cement companies which are actually owened by Indians not to issue licences to other business entities.
    People who want to import cement should not be prevented. We are in liberalised economy. No protection. We want competition.

  3. Jongwe says:

    The govt should not be controlled by these cement companies which are actually owened by Indians not to issue licences to other business entities.
    People who want to import cement should be prevented. We are in liberalised economy. No protection. We want competition.

  4. chiwa kogoya says:

    Apa ndiye mwachitadi bwino agaluwa akumakweza mitengo mwakuba kwambiri big up Boma that’s what we want !!!! more fire!!!!!!!!

  5. Mwauzidwa says:

    I am not an economist. While I am not against importation of goods and services to our country, I always get worried and concerned about our Balance of Payments (BoP). It appears we are mostly a net importer of these goods and services and we seem to trade with no country of which we are a net exporter……..Do we have enough foreign reserves to use to be importing even cement when we can ably produce enough for ourselves? I thought we should find better ways of handling this issue than being happy with importing goods and services which we can ably provide within the country. Can’t we make proper policies to circumvent some of these problems? Surely our tax money will end up paying for these. I would be happy to see subsidies on those important goods and services if they are serving the majority…..otherwise we live with the hone…..

  6. Banda says:

    Well done Govt and Min of Trade, we have been robbed by local mubhfacturers for many years, our cement was the most expensive in the world . At least this Govt has taken the correct steps this time and quality and affordable prices of cement is available.

  7. Stevenson makungwa says:

    Apa ndiye Buy Malawian yavuta. Alternatively talk to the local producers to lower the prices inorder to boost demand.

  8. Concerned citizen says:

    Za chi India,do u think it can b perfect?kkkkkk

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