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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 15, 1991 — The im­po­si­tion of heavy im­port duty on clinker, a ma­jor com­po­nent in the manufacture of ce­ment, has led to an in­crease in the price of the prod­uct and may ag­gra­vate the cur­rent short­age of ce­ment, sources in the in­dus­try said yes­ter­day.

The man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Unicem, man­u­fac­tur­ers of ce­ment, Mr Jimmy Sto­bbs, said the com­pany had in­creased the price of ce­ment in re­sponse to im­po­si­tion of im­port duty on clinker.

Al­though he could not say ex­actly how much would be charged for a 50kg pocket of ce­ment, he said its price would go up by more than $17 from the present $11. Two weeks ago the Gov­ern­ment raised the duty on ce­men­tre­lated prod­ucts from 70 cents a tonne to $200 a tonne.

This means that duty on 50kg of ce­ment is now $10. The Gov­ern­ment im­posed the new charges in an ef­fort to re­duce the im­por­ta­tion of ce­ment un­der the open gen­eral im­port li­cence. Sev­eral ce­ment sup­plies said the new duty would make the cur­rent short­age of ce­ment worse.

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