Tajikistan starts cement export to Afghanistan

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DUSHANBE (TCA) — A first batch of Tajik cement has been exported to Afghanistan, Avesta news agency reported citing Tajikistan’s Customs Service.  

Late in December, 12 trucks with 370 tons of cement crossed the Tajik-Afghan border, the customs agency said.

According to Huaxin Gayur Cement Co., the company concluded a contract with an Afghan company on the delivery of 500 tons of cement.

Talks on Tajik cement exports are currently underway with other Afghan companies.

Tajikistan’s Ministry of Industry and New Technologies earlier said that six new cement plants would be put into operation in Tajikistan in 2015 and 2016.

Today there are 10 cement plants in Tajikistan.

The country’s largest cement plant is Huaxin Gayur Cement Co., Ltd, with the participation of China’s HuaXin Cement Co. Ltd. The plant has a capacity of 1 million tons.  

Four projects to build cement plants in Tajikistan are currently underway with Chinese investments.

With the commissioning of new cement plants Tajikistan would become an exporter of cement, Avesta earlier reported citing a source in the country’s industrial sector.

It was reported last month that the government of Tajikistan is looking for investors for construction of a large cement plant near the Tuyun-Tao deposit in the Shakhritus district in the south of the country.

The project has been included in the government’s investment portfolio for implementation through direct investments, said the Tajik State Committee of Investment and State Property Management.

The project requires $350 million.

Some Russian, Iranian, and Chinese companies earlier showed interest in this deposit.

The new plant would produce one million tons of cement per year.

Sergey Kwan

TCA