Cement Exports Affected by Karachi Port Congestion and Delays

Cement exports have piled up and were delayed for shipment at the Karachi port due to a lack of available draft berths.

Cement exports have piled up and were delayed for shipment at the Karachi port due to a lack of available draft berths.

Power Cement Chief Executive Officer Kashif Habib explained that all three deep draft berths at the Karachi Port are occupied by the wheat vessels and delayed the loading of 55,000t cement/clinker, which only needed 3-5 days.

 “Due to slow discharging of wheat vessels (8-9 days are required to discharge the vessel), the clinker/cement vessels are forced to wait for an extended period of time,” said Habib.

The large amount of wheat in the port was attributed to the recent shortage which forced Pakistan to import over 1.5 million tonnes. 

Most of the wheat has reportedly been discharged and the remaining 2 million tonnes are to be imported in the coming months.

Habib has said he requested the Ministry to prioritize cement vessels and that wheat vessels should be only be given two berths at the maximum at any given point so other cargo could be loaded at the remaining one. 


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