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Imported TCL cement reaches stores

By Carolyn Kissoon

A cargo vessel which was forced to leave the Trinidad Cement Ltd (TCL) port in Claxton Bay on Thursday because of strike action by workers offloaded a shipment of imported cement at a harbour in Port of Spain yesterday.

The company stated that 849 tonnes of cement from its subsidiary, Arawak Cement Company Ltd in Barbados, was distributed to hardware dealers.

"The 571 slings of bagged cement (35 bags per sling) arrived yesterday via the vessel, Munie Chandra, which was initially intended to dock at the company's Claxton Bay port but had to be diverted to a harbour in Port of Spain," the release stated.

Over 10,500 metric tonnes of cement is scheduled to arrive from TCL's subsidiaries in Barbados and Jamaica between now and the month's end.

TCL began importing cement from its subsidiaries since the industrial action began on February 27.

The company stated while the ex-factory price on 42.5 kg bags remains unchanged, a surcharge of $13 (vat-inclusive) per 42.5 kg bag was applicable.

The additional cost is associated with port, freight, security and other administration charges on the cement imported during strike action.

Bulk trucks were also loaded with cement produced at Claxton Bay yesterday.

The cement was distributed to block manufacturers and ready-mix operators.

—Carolyn Kissoon

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