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According to the Central Statistical Office (CSO), cement production increased by 9.5% y/y to 1.86mn tonnes in October 2021, but production fell by 0.8% month-on-month. In January-October 2021, cement production rose 2.4% y-o-y to 16.27mn tonnes. At the same time, the CSO reported that cement imports from Belarus amounted to 418,000 tons in the first nine months of 2021, up almost 26% compared to the same period in 2020. Meanwhile, the Polish cement sector is seeking a ban on Belarusian cement imports.
The Association of Cement Producers (SPC) is trying to effectively restrict cement imports from Belarus, whose production is in no way hampered by EU climate policy.
The Polish cement sector, on the other hand, has been urging Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki for many months to take more severe measures, such as banning cement imports from Belarus under sanctions. This would be very unpleasant for the Belarusian dictatorship and state-owned cement owners, who today export cement to Poland and the European Union without incurring climate charges. This is unfair competition and it may be assumed that income from cement sales to Poland is used to subsidise the activities of the Belarusian regime, believes SPC President Krzysztof Kieres.
Representatives of the organisation believe that Polish cement producers are fully prepared to meet the demand on the local market – Polish cement plants have a production capacity exceeding 22 million tonnes, while domestic demand is expected to be less than 20 million tonnes this year. Therefore, SPC believes we can afford the Belarusian cement embargo. For now, the government is not acceding to the industry’s request, saying the embargo would cause too much economic damage.
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